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Historical and Museum Society will host quarterly Antiques Appraisal Day Saturday

LACONIA  —  Laconia Historical and Museum Society will host its quarterly Antiques Appraisal Day, Saturday, July 26 from 2–4 pm at the Laconia Antiques Center, 601 Main Street in Downtown Laconia. Expert appraisers Doug McGowan, Linc Fornier and Greg Peverly will be available to offer their expertise and verbal estimations of value.

At the event, Greg Peverly will make a brief presentation entitled "Today's Collectibles", discussing today's antiques market, followed by a brief question and answer period.

"Every time we do this we help someone discover a new "treasure" ... it is a very exciting event ... you just never know what may come through the door next. I am thrilled to have Greg Peverly here to make a presentation on the topic." says LHMS Executive Director Brenda Kean.

Items presented can include stoneware, clocks, coins, toys, silver, rugs, jewelry and general antiques. The cost is $5 per appraisal with all proceeds to benefit the Laconia Historical and Museum Society. This event is open to the public. Tickets are sold at the door on a first come – first serve basis. For more information about this event, call Laconia Historical & Museum Society at 603.527.1278, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on the web at LaconiaHistorical.org.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 July 2014 08:45

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Two more fireworks shows at Weirs Beach

LACONIA -- The Weirs Action Committee has announced an expanded schedule of fireworks at Weirs Beach.

Two fireworks shows -- July 25 and Aug. 8 -- have been added to the original schedule. There will now be a fireworks show every Friday night at 10 p.m., through Friday, Aug. 15.

Spectators can watch from the north end of the beach, from the public docks, or from the boardwalk. As the fireworks reflect onto the lake below, a flotilla of boats will light up the lake with colorful navigation lights.

Various area businesses have joined together with the Weirs Action Committee to present the fireworks displays.

The Labor Day weekend show on Aug. 31 is sponsored jointly by the Weirs Action Committee and the Half Moon Enterprises.

A full list of sponsors and the fireworks schedule is available by visiting the fireworks webpage at WeirsBeach.com. For late-breaking and rain-date information, visit the Weirs Action Committee page on Facebook.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 July 2014 08:41

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Vintage car show on Saturday – admission is $5

LACONIA — The Lakes Region Rotary Club will be hosting its second annual vintage car show at the Weirs Beach Lobster Pound in Laconia on Saturday, July 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Vintage vehicles will be on display along with special 50th Anniversary Mustangs. Last year, more than 150 vehicles were exhibited. Vehicles, including cars, trucks and motorcycles, can register for $20 the day of the event. Admission is $5 per person, children younger than 16 will be admitted for free. Go to www.lakesregionrotary.org for more details.

Last Updated on Thursday, 24 July 2014 06:24

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Winni Museum to host presentation on abolition on Saturday

LACONIA — Meredith author Peter Miller will give a talk on Saturday, July 26, at 11 a.m. at the Lakes Winnipesaukee Museum, about the abolitionist activity that occurred in the Lakes Region and vicinity during the last three decades of slavery in America.

This presentation is sponsored by the Lake Winnipesaukee Historical Society. The museum is located on Route 3 in the Weirs Beach section of Laconia, next door to Funspot.
In 1835, a mere three years after the New England Abolitionist Society began advocating the immediate, unconditional abolition of slavery, similar anti-slavery groups were formed in a number of New Hampshire towns, and the New Hampshire Anti-Slavery Society held its first annual convention. However, the radical abolition of slavery was unpopular even in the North at this time, and these abolitionists were censured and attacked. Miller will describe the successes and reverses experienced by local abolitionists that year.
Many women wished to participate in the crusade against slavery, and they formed Female Anti-Slavery Societies. Whether women could join with men in the anti-slavery cause was controversial, though, and this issue fractured the abolitionist movement. Miller will describe how that manifested itself in New Hampshire.
In 1850, the passage of the Fugitive Slave Act led many more Northerners to become radical abolitionists. Miller will identify the principal components of this federal legislation, and he will describe how abolitionists attempted to thwart enforcement of this Act politically and through civil disobedience, such as the forceful rescue of arrested fugitives and participation in the Underground Railroad.

One local person who was highly involved in the anti-slavery effort was the Lakes Region's legendary Jane Varney Durgin, a Quaker who was born and raised in Wolfeboro and who spent most of her adult years in Sandwich. Though not one of the foremost abolitionists in New Hampshire, she worked on behalf of the slaves politically and through the Underground Railroad, and she illustrates how courageous local women fought against slavery. Miller will identify her anti-slavery initiatives and put them in historical perspective.
Signed copies of Miller's recently published book, "Jane Varney Durgin – Trick Rider, Quaker Preacher, Opponent of Slavery – Her Life and Times," will be available for purchase at this event.
This event is free for Lake Winnipesaukee Historical Society Members, non members there is a $5.00 fee, all proceeds going to benefit the ongoing renovations.
For more information, contact Melanie Benton, Lake Winnipesaukee Historical Society, 366-5950.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 July 2014 08:31

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