Summer 2017: Laconia Historical & Museum Society Newsletter “The Historian”

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“Hello LHMS members. It’s been well over a year since our last newsletter. Thanks to Johanna Halperin for making this one possible. Lots of great things have been going on over the past year. Our monthly lectures have been going well. I hope that those of you that can’t make it to the meetings will have a chance to watch them on LRPA TV.

Our Executive Director, Pat Tierney, has a group of dedicated volunteers to help him work with our collections at our building on Water Street. Pat with the help of Johanna Halperin and historian Warren Huse have been doing a wonderful job on our quarterly exhibits at the Laconia Public Library. Make sure to come by and visit. Without the Library’s support the exhibits would not be possible.

I wanted to let you know about something exciting happening in the city of Laconia. Last year I formed a non-profit called “Celebrate Laconia” to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the city which takes place in 2018. This summer on August 19, 2017 we will be celebrating the 125th anniversary of the Laconia Passenger Station with a day of entertainment, train rides, vendors, pig roast, children’s activities and FUN!! Hope to see many of you there.

Finally, if you have not yet renewed your membership, please do. If you know of anyone who would like to be a member please let them know about us. We are only as strong as our members. Also, if you are interested in volunteering please get in touch with our Executive Director.

Pam Clark”

Laconia Railroad History Exhibit

The Laconia Railroad History Exhibit will have an official open house at 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 21, in the gallery on the Upper Level of the Laconia Public Library.

Three railroad stories unique to Laconia will be presented through September. The Laconia Car Company, with buildings and property along the Water St. of today, once produced passenger, freight, and trolley cars from before the Civil War until well into the 20th century. The Laconia Street Railway graced downtown, Lakeport and the Weirs for many years. The passenger station celebrates a significant milestone with a 125-year event on Saturday Aug. 19.

Artifacts, blueprints, pictures, maps, the people involved, and, of course trains will be on display. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

The Laconia Citizen Exhibit

The 90-year history of this important local publication will be on display with timelines, images and artifacts.
Following the opening of the exhibit, a symposium will be held — including past Citizen managers, writers, and other employees in an open discussion at Rotary Hall on the lower level of the Library at 7 p.m. The proceedings will also be recorded for broadcast on Lakes Region Public Access Channel 25.

Three Events in May, 2017

Three events are being showcased by the Laconia Historical & Museum Society during May: A World War II presentation, an overview of the the loss and ongoing restoration of city centers, and an annual tour of the New Hampshire Veterans Association at the Weirs.

First up, LHMS will join Thompson-Ames Historical Society of Gilford at 5 p.m., Thursday, May 11, for a joint meeting at Immaculate Conception Church on Morrill Street in Gilford. Following viewing of a Propaganda Poster display, arranged by Ernie Bolduc, Dan Schroeder of the Wright Museum, Wolfeboro, will speak on the war and answer questions. The event is free and open to the public and refreshments will be served.

Then, at 7 p.m., Monday, May 15, local architect Jared Guilmett will present “City Centers Restored, Lost Identity and Community in Derelict Mill Towns.” His presentation will speak of not only what was, but the clear need to rediscover local identity. The program will be held in Rotary Hall on the Lower Level of the Laconia Public Library and is also free and open to the public with refreshments.

And, Saturday, May 20, at 1 p.m. the public may gather at the front entrance of the NH Veterans Association at The Weirs for the only annual tour of the facility. Under the guidance of Historian Fred Merrill, participants will not only enjoy the depth of the compound, but be treated to the great stories that have followed this treasure since the Civil War. The tour is free and open to the public.  For further information, contact LHMS at 527-1278, lhmslpl@metrocast.net or go to www.laconiahistory.org

Citizen Symposium, March 20

 

Former Laconia Evening Citizen staff members share a reminiscence of the newspaper, which published in Laconia from Jan. 4, 1926, until Sept. 30, 2016. The reporters, editors and pressroom personnel gathered at a symposium, March 20, at Laconia Public Library. From left are Malcolm “Tink” Taylor, Bea Lewis Wheeler, Dean Dexter, Gordon D. King, John H. Howe and Paul Hough. An exhibit recalling the newspaper’s 90 years is currently on display on the Upper Level of the Laconia Public Library through May. A videotape of the symposium will be broadcast on Lakes Region Public Access, Channel 25, beginning March 28. (Photo courtesy of  W. Stephen Loughlin)

Another view of the symposium participants, including moderator Warren D. Huse, at left, followed by Richard Labbe, Mike Mortensen, Ed Pierce and the others. (W. Stephen Loughlin photo)

 

Mike Mortensen recounts service at the paper.                         (W. Stephen Loughlin photo)

 

 

Ed Pierce makes a point about the Citizen website.                 (W. Stephen Loughlin photo)

The Laconia Citizen Exhibit and Symposium

The Citizen, the daily newspaper published here for 90 years until last Sept. 30, will revisit the community at 6 p.m. Monday, March 20, with the opening of an exhibit in the upper-level of the Laconia Public Library, under the auspices of the Laconia Historical and Museum Society.

The 90-year history of this important local publication will be on display with timelines, images and artifacts.
Following the opening of the exhibit, a symposium will be held — including past Citizen managers, writers, and other employees in an open discussion at Rotary Hall on the lower level of the Library at 7 p.m. The proceedings will also be recorded for broadcast on Lakes Region Public Access Channel 25.

Both the exhibit and the symposium are free and open to the public.

For further information, contact LHMS at (603) 527-1278, lhmslpl@metrocast.net or go to www.laconiahistory.org

 


 

IOOF/Rebekah history coming up, April 17

LACONIA — Chocorua Lodge 51 of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, as well as the Daughters of Rebekah, will present a discussion of their history and activities, at 7 p.m. Monday, April 17, in Rotary Hall on the Lower Level of the Laconia Public Library, under the auspices of the Laconia Historical and Museum Society.

The program had earlier been postponed by severe winter weather.

Several members of this 300 year old fraternal organization, established at Lake Village (Lakeport) in 1844 and Laconia in 1869, will discuss their relief projects, educational foundation, their SOS Children’s Village/Orphanage in Cambodia, Living Legacy of planting trees, The Arthritis Foundation, Visual Research Foundation, and the UN Pilgrimage for Youth.

Program is free and open to the public.
For further information, contact the Laconia Historical and Museum Society at 527-1278, lhmslpl@metrocast.net or go to www.laconiahistory.org

Reception for Bob Giguere at Laconia Public Library, Feb. 1, 2017

(The Giguere exhibit was taken down, late in March.)

Currently on display at the Laconia Public Library, through the month of February, are materials pertaining to the United States Navy service of Robert A. Giguere, Lakeport native, who participated in the D-Day Invasion of World War II. (Enter the library by the Church Street entrance and turn left. The display will be located just before the Circulation Desk.)

A reception, in connection with the exhibit about Bob Giguere,  was held at the Laconia Public Library, Feb. 1, 2017. Here are three photos of the event, courtesy of Pam Clark.

Bob Giguere Exhibit

 

(Posted March 23, 2017) Recently on display at the Laconia Public Library are materials pertaining to the United States Navy service of Robert A. Giguere, Lakeport native, who participated in the D-Day Invasion of World War II. (Enter the library by the Church Street entrance and turn left. The display will be located just before the Circulation Desk.)

Mt. Lebanon Lodge #32 Exhibit

On December 7, 2016 LHMS opened an overview exhibit of this important 197 year old local organization. As the oldest continuous Freemason Lodge (1819) located in what became Belknap County, Mt. Lebanon Lodge continues a strong tradition of philanthropic and charitable service to the community.
The exhibit may be viewed, on the Upper Level of the Laconia Public Library, during normal library hours, Monday through Saturday.