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

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

‘Odd Fellows’ History

(This event was originally scheduled for Jan. 23 and postponed to Feb. 13. It was postponed again due to severe weather on Feb. 13. The new date is now Monday April 17, 2017.)

On Monday, Feb. 13, 2017, Chocorua Lodge 51 of The Independent Order of Odd Fellows, chartered in 1869, will give a presentation on its history in our region. Members will discuss many of the interesting aspects of their story as well as the Rebecca chapter that encourages men and women to serve. The event will take place at Rotary Hall in The Laconia Public Library at 7 PM. (Originally scheduled and postponed because of severe weather on Jan. 23 and Feb. 13, we’ve now rescheduled this for Monday April 17, 2017.)