Aug. 7 Dan Billin “Abolitionists of Noyes Academy” (NH humanities)
In 1835, abolitionists opened one of the nation's first integrated schools in Canaan, NH, attracting eager African-American students from as far away as Boston, Providence, and New York City. Outraged community leaders responded by raising a mob that dragged the academy building off its foundation and ran the African-American students out of town. New Hampshire's first experiment in educational equality was brief, but it helped launch the public careers of a trio of extraordinary African-American leaders: Henry Highland Garnet, Alexander Crummell, and Thomas Sipkins Sidney. Dan Billin plumbs the depths of anti-abolitionist sentiment in early nineteenth-century New England, and the courage of three young friends destined for greatness.
Raised in the Lakes Region, Dan Billin earned a BA in Communications from Brigham Young University. He worked as a newspaper reporter for the Valley News in Lebanon, New Hampshire for seventeen years. Billin's passion for history and nose for a story led him to uncover a wealth of detail about the shocking and largely forgotten tale of the birth and death of Noyes Academy.
The event will take place at the community center, 22 Lehner St., at 7:00pm. Free refreshments will be served.
Sept. 11 Kathy Eaton “Old Camps on Wentworth & Winnipesaukee”
Writer Kathy Eaton draws on her own family’s experience in carrying on the legacy of their Winnipesaukee island home established in 1893. Sharing anecdotes crossing seven generations the program will prove both amusing and informative as she shares the camp’s evolution from a couple with an only child to a family trust with 98 blood-line descendants and still growing.
Kathy Eaton is a Wolfeboro resident who began her writing career with the Granite State News in 1974 following graduation from Suffolk University. She authored Remember When…A Collection of Old Photographs of Wolfeboro, NH in 1976 and co-founded The Laker newspaper in 1984 where she served as editor and primary writer until 2001. Kathy does public relations and marketing consultation through NHWordsmith.com. She and her husband also own the Wolfeboro Trolley Company.
Oct. 2 Wolfeboro’s First Settlers with Jim Rogers
The Settlement of Wolfeboro passed through several phases before development finally stabilized. Early attempts inevitably failed. These are discussed as milestone timelines. The last phase prior to stabilization only partly met the conditions specified by the proprietors, but it codified the eventual distribution of a core piece of land conveyed to a set of seven families that we now refer to as the original settlers.
The story is told from the viewpoint of the Lary/Rogers family. Mercy Rogers, the daughter of Lt. Charles Rogers, was the wife of Joseph Lary one of the seven families mentioned above. Mercy gave birth to Wolfebrough’s firstborn child Eliza.
Jim is a direct descendant of Lt. Charles Rogers who fought in the French & Indian War with Gen. Wolfe and was honored by King George.
Jim Rogers was Corporate Director for Technology Integration at Allied Bendix Aerospace, Director of Engineering for SDC east coast operations and Director of Advanced Programs at Defense Systems Inc. He has served as President of the Wolfeboro Historical Society for the past eleven years. He is also a native son of Wolfeboro, born at Huggins Hospital on New Year’s Day 1939.