Civil War 150
New Hampshire

Peterborough Historical Society, Peterborough NH

The Society's exhibit, "Soldiers and Civilians: Local Stories of the Civil War" (Mar 26 –Oct 29, 2011) explores local people's experiences of the nation's most devastating war through artifacts, photographs and first-person accounts of the battlefield and the home front. The Museum is open Wed-Sat, 10 am to 4 pm. Admission is $3.

Several special events are planned during the Civil War 150th commemorative year of 2011:

Apr 30, North and South Historic Dinner. Inspired by recipes popular in the North and the South during the war, this year's historic dinner  featured sausage and apples, the President's Chaire, a dish said to be Lincoln's favorite; stuffed shad, sweet potato pone,; succotash, corn bread, anadama and hard tack. For dessert: Mary Todd Lincoln's cake, Jefferson Davis pie and mock apple pie. The historic dinner was a fundraising event for the Historical Society's operating fund and was sponsored by Charter Trust Company. 

 

 

May 27-28 8:30 am - 3 pm.

Peterborough Historical Society Civil War Sesquicentennial Commemoration. Free. A day-long remembrance to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. The day's activities include a Civil War encampment with the 6th NH Volunteers and the Lafayette Artillery, a Memorial Day Parade and Remembrance Ceremony, President Lincoln and U.S. Grant living history presentations, a rifle and cannon demonstration, tour of the Village Cemetery and a concert with the 12th NH Band. Food and beverages will be available in Putnam Park .

Here's the schedule:

Schedule of Events:
Friday May 27, 2011
Civil War encampment, 6th NH Infantry, Lafayette Artillery and 1st NH Cavalry, Putnam Park (continues through Saturday)
 
Saturday, May 28, 2011
 
8:30 am           Memorial Day parade, armory to war memorial (cancelled if rain)
9:00 am           Memorial Day observances, war memorial (Town House if rain)
10:15 am         Band Concert, 12th NH Band, Putnam Park (Town House if rain)
11:00 am         Plaque dedication, GAR Hall, speaker Phil Runyon, (Town House if rain)
11:15 am         President Lincoln & President Grant review troops, Putnam Park (Town House if rain)
11:45 am         President Lincoln & President Grant present event buttons to reenactors and select participants
12:00 pm         Musket demonstration, 5th &6th NH, Putnam Park
12:00 pm         Cemetery Tour by the Historical Society, Concord Street Cemetery
12:30 pm         Cannon firing, Lafayette Artillery, from mound behind performance area in Depot Park
1:00 pm           President Grant talk, Historical Society
2:00 pm           Cemetery Tour by the Historical Society, Concord Street Cemetery
 
Other Events:
Talk with 1st NH Cavalry and Pres. & Mrs. Grant, see their horse, Putnam Park (cancelled if rain)
Computer access allowing people to see if any of their ancestors are buried in town. At the Town House, volunteers to assist, 10 am to 4 pm
Photos: Have your picture taken with Lincoln or Grant and the troops for a small donation, Putnam Park (Historical Society fundraiser, Town House if rain)
 
Food:
Legion Auxiliary bake sale, war memorial following Memorial Day ceremonies
Historical Society food concession Putnam Park & Historical Society, 10-2 pm
 
Open All Day Saturday, May 28, 2011:
Peterborough Historical Society exhibit, Soldiers & Citizens: Local Stories of the Civil War, an exhibit of Civil War artifacts
Peterborough Town Library display of books about the Civil War
Toadstool Bookshop sale of Civil War-related books .

Jun 17 7 pm Music of the Civil War with Jeff Davis at

Peterborough Historical Society. 7:30 pm $10. An evening with Jeff Davis, one of America 's most respected collectors and interpreters of traditional music. The concert will include songs from North and South: slave ballads, parlor songs, hymns and ditties, accompanied on banjo, fiddle, guitar, dulcimer, spoons and handmade instruments. Tickets $10 available by phone and on the website.

Peterborough Historical Society

19 Grove Street  
Pe terborough NH
603.924.3235

 

 

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