September 29th: Preserving Old Barns
John Porter is the author of Preserving Old Barns, and published a second edition of the book in 2019 with 200 beautiful photographs. His ancestors lived in Plainfield, and John grew up on a dairy farm in Lebanon and worked as a dairy specialist for the UNH Cooperative Extension for over thirty years. Barns can tell us a great deal about the history of agriculture, and John will explain how the progression of barn styles reflected those changes. This is a NH Humanities to Go program.
October 25th: The Grandest Madison Square Garden.
Suzanne Hinman is the author of a new book The Grandest Madison Square Garden that tells the remarkable story behind the 1890 construction of the second Madison Square Garden and the controversial nude sculpture by Augustus Saint Gaudens that crowned it. Set amid the magnificent achievements of nineteenth-century American art and architecture, the book delves into the fascinating private lives of the era’s most prominent architect and sculptor and the nature of their intimate relationship. Suzanne did research in Plainfield and Cornish for her book. Jointly sponsored with the Cornish Historical Society
November 15th: Votes for Women: A History of the Suffrage Movement in NH.
Liz Tentarelli is a teacher who has been President of the League of Women Voters for 11 years, with a special interest in the women’s suffrage movement. She will talk about the leaders of that movement in NH. The Cornish Suffrage League, founded in 1911, included many local Plainfield and Cornish women (and men) who held meetings all over the area to lobby for women’s suffrage. This is a NH Humanities to Go Program, jointly sponsored with the Cornish Historical Society.