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  • 22 Jun 2018 11:28 AM | Kelly Bryer (Administrator)

    Sign-ups open Tuesday, August 7, 8am

    Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum, "Connect the Circle" tour

    Thursday, September 6, 2018

    Arrival Time: 9:30am - muffins and coffee, explanation of tour, watch a video
    Start Time 10:00am - tour begins
    End Time: 1:30am

    How many GSAs can attend? 25

    Eligibility: You must have volunteered 50 hours to sign up at the calendar opening time. At least 1 shift must have been in the past 3 month. Two weeks before the tour date, any active GSA can sign up to attend if there is space available.

    Is it customary to tip? No

    Description: Before lunch- Our museum is full of Native American artifacts from seven regions of North America. After lunch- a walk through our Medicine Woods & Arboretum. Both are Guided Tours.

    Bring a bagged lunch. We will picnic between tours.

    Is this tour weather dependent? No, rain or shine - wear appropriate gear if raining.

    Uniform: Wear your full GSA uniform

    Difficulty rating on a scale of 1-3.  This tour is a 2.

    We will do average walking  - note that Medicine woods is not accessible (stumps)

    Our hosts:

    Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum
    Denise Hoffman, Public Programming Coordinator
    603-456-2600
    education@indianmuseum.org
    www.indianmuseum.org

    Address: PO Box 152     18 Highlawn Road, Warner NH 03278

    Directions from I-89: From either exit 8 or 9 take Route 103 to the center of Warner, turn up Kearsarge Mountain Road. After one mile turn right onto Highlawn Road. Turn right into the second driveway.


  • 22 Jun 2018 11:13 AM | Kelly Bryer (Administrator)

    Sign-ups open Monday, July 9th, 8am

    LaBelle Winery Private Tour & Tasting

    Monday, August 20, 2018

    Arrival Time: 11:15am
    Start Time: 11:30am
    Ending Time: 12:15

    NOTE: The social committee is planning a luncheon at LaBelle's Bistro immediately after the tour. Watch for your E-vite invitation. If you are not on the social committee's email list, email Sue at socialcommittee@nhgsa.com to be added.

    How many GSAs can attend: 20

    Is it customary to tip? yes, for excellent service

    Eligibility: You must have volunteered 50 hours to sign up at the calendar opening time. At least 1 shift must have been in the past 3 month. Two weeks before the tour date, any active GSA can sign up to attend if there is space available.

    Description: You will get to try five different wines over the course of your 34-45 minute tour through the facility led by a Tasting Room Associate.

    Meeting Location: Retail Area

    Is this tour weather dependent? No, rain or shine

    Uniform: Full GSA uniform

    Our hosts:

    Ashley Donaghue
    LaBelle Winery
    603-672-9898 ext 1
    ashley@labellewinerynh.com
    www.labellewinerynh.com

    Address: 345 Horace Greeley Highway (State Route 101) Amherst, NH 03031


  • 13 Jun 2018 12:26 PM | Kelly Bryer (Administrator)

    by GSA Tim Adams, Southern NH University Class of 2014

    I’m sure most, if not all of you remember these quotes “One of these days... One of these days…” and “To the moon, Alice!”

    I use those quotes as the Cog railroad is sometimes called the ‘Railroad to the Moon’ since, when permission to build it was being discussed, one of the State Legislators remarked during the proceeding that the builder, Sylvester Marsh, should be given permission to build, not merely up Mount Washington, but also to the moon. Seems like not many people believed it could be done!

    Well, while Jackie Gleason never did send Alice to the moon, and the Cog railway didn’t make it to the Moon (yet anyway) the Cog did make it to the top of Mount Washington which is all that Sylvester Marsh had wanted to do in the first place.

    Marsh first obtained a charter to build a road up the mountain in 1858 but because of the Civil War didn’t get started until 1866. When the road was finished he started looking for investors for the actual railroad.

    While the railroad wasn’t finished in 1868, they started serving paying customers in August of that year. The train finally reached the summit the following year and has been in continuous operation since that time except during the world wars. Yes, those dates are correct. Next year the Cog railroad, the only currently operating cog railroad in the United States will be 150 years old next year!

    Quite an achievement for a railroad that many people thought would never be built.

    A lot has changed with the Cog Railroad over the past 149 years and more is planned for the coming years.

    In the beginning, the Steam engine dubbed ‘PepperSass’ was used to build the railroad. This engine is still on sight but the smokestack has been removed so it doesn’t really look like it once did. I expect that the work that is being done on it will be completed shortly and it will be returned to it’s normal place in the main yard where passengers board the current fleet of seven trains that travel up and down the mountain daily.

    One of the biggest changes in recent years was the move away from Steam engines to biodiesel locomotives. This change helped reduce emissions and also the Cog’s reliance on foreign oil. It was also significant since the biodiesel engines use one tenth of the power that the older steam engines used.

    Currently, all of the coaches and engines used on the mountain are built and maintained right there at the mountain! In face, the cog railroad on Pikes peak, currently not operating, had talked about buying equipment from them.

    One of the next items to be built will be a work coach without a floor! That will allow workers to access the rails beneath the coach and actually replace them while staying, mostly anyway, out of the weather. You see, most of that work will be done in the middle of the winter!

    Replacing the rails is the next big improvement in store for the tracks. an example of what was to be done was right at the start of the trip up the mountain. A new bridge right at the start of the trip up the mountain was built this past winter and incorporated the new track.

    They have also added electronically operated switches so the brakeman doesn’t need to get out and physically change the track for the train going up, or down the mountain. As such, while you do slow down when you come to the switch area, you don’t necessarily stop when you get tot them.

    The old track was a standard 2 inched high with a 2 inch base which was connected to the railroad ties. The new tracks will be 6 inches high and have a base that is 6 inches wide. Sound to me like the added support from the added base width will make the trip even safer then it currently is, but the Cog has a very good safety record as it is.

    There have been accidents, actually two accidents over the life of the Cog Railroad. One was caused by a derailing and the other by a broken front axle in the engine.

    One item I found interesting was the simple fact that while the railroad was being built, several persons working on it would use a ‘sled’ to decent the mountain at the end of the work day. The record decent of 2 minutes 45 seconds is something that I don’t expect will ever be broken, unless of course they build a zip line down from the top! I’d ride it, would you?

    While the summit was socked in and a bit on the cool side, it was an enjoyable trip both up and down the mountain. I missed a couple of photo’s that I would have liked to get but, when you can’t see the Grand Mount Washington Hotel from the summit, you can’t very well take a picture of it.

    I also missed a face on of ‘Kermit’. Yes, that famous frog, well a rock painted to look like Kermit was there along the side of the rail. While I’m sure it’s there for the kids to see and wave at, it also is used as a marker for the engineer so he knows where on the mountain he is when the mountain to totally socked in with bad weather.

    GSA Tour photo album: https://photos.app.goo.gl/8P7W4tDwgxVeejKR2

    Some of Tim's pictures from the trip can be viewed at https://cograilroad.shutterfly.com/pictures

  • 06 Jun 2018 7:56 AM | Kelly Bryer (Administrator)

    by GSA Bruce Flegal, McAuliffe Shepard Discovery Center Class of 2014

    A combination of perfect weather, 80° - Bright sky - Lake breeze - combined with a spectacular 3 1/2 hour tour of Meredith‘s Mill Falls, a premier Lake Winnipesaukee resort area! = UTOPIA!

    Some 20 of us led by our tour director Bob Strang, toured through many of the leading shops and eateries, and learned about the 34 year history and elegance of the magnificent 4 Inns: Church Landing, Inn at Mill Falls, Chase House, and Bay Point.

    Perhaps the two highlights of this wonderful occasion were learning of the history and touring of Church Landing and Cascade Spa, also an extended, very detailed and informative discussion and demonstration at the Hermit Woods Winery, followed by a lengthy wine tasting demo at the long wine "bar".

    Amazingly, Church Landing was formally a big Catholic Church. ( I can attest to that having attended a meeting there a few years ago.) It now is made up of some 70 rooms of which 30 are guest rooms ranging from $200 to lake side suites of $600, per night, one of which we visited. We also entered the beautiful dining room which is right on the edge of the lake. I recently had breakfast here and it was outstanding along with the lake view beauty.

    For wine lovers, we spent fully an hour learning about wine production with demonstrations and lectures in the wine production areas. Then following, tasting of several different wines occurred, with questions and more info. Hermit Woods Winery is run by 2 wine experts and they anticipate producing 5000 cases "in the next few years"!

    While walking along the lake side Board walk we visited the Ekal ( Lake spelled backwards!) Activity Center and learned of the paddleboard, canoe, kayak rentals as well as seeing the stunning 1931 restored Chris-Craft available for Lake rides.

    Like pizza? Alongside a beautiful lake? Who doesn't? Giuseppe's Pizzeria served up luncheon pizza samples for us while overlooking the lake! And at some point, can't recall if before or after pizza, samples of Ben &Jerry's ice cream!

    After touring so many other sites; book stores, gift shops, candy shops, more gift shops, all scheduled with perfect weather, the entire Mill Falls tour was incredible!

    And would you believe...the original 1931 Chris Craft mahogany craft was originally owned by Chinese leader, Madame Chiang Kai-shek??


    View all our photos: https://photos.app.goo.gl/KOn76AsrlRLQ23bO2

    Here are a few links that provide more information
    https://www.millfalls.com/
    http://www.giuseppesnh.com/
    http://hermitwoods.com/
    http://www.ekalactivitycenter.com/

  • 06 Jun 2018 7:53 AM | Kelly Bryer (Administrator)

    by GSA Kathryn Segreti, League of New Hampshire Craftsmen 2012

    On a glorious morning after Memorial Day, about 20 GSA and travel and tourism guests were treated to a tour of Mill Falls and selective parts of Meredith. Meredith since its rebuild, which started in the 80’s, has become a destination location and it’s evident as to why. Bob Strang of Mill Falls led our group on an exciting exploration of Mill Falls Marketplace, Hermit Woods Winery, Ekal Activity Center, Church Landing and Cascade Spa.

    Bob greeted us at the Marketplace and we all entered the Oglethorpe Fine Arts and Crafts. An extensive collection of American made unique gifts with a large section in the rear of the store housing “Artisans by the Bay”, crafts created solely by local lake artists - a great place to pick up unique special items for you, friends or family. Across the hall we poured into Wicked Nahamsha Gifts which offers quality New Hampshire items including shirts, hats, candles, coffee cups, Fenway collectables and more.


    In order to keep us in the pink, we now all got to pick a Ben and Jerry’s flavor at the convenient ice cream window next door. You’ve got to have ice cream in New England and especially on a gorgeous day by the lake. I selected Extraordinary Berry Berry Sorbet which was delicious and energizing but there are so many flavors from which to choose.

    With our new found energy we headed across the courtyard to Innisfree Bookshop. A wonderful privately owned book and toy store with extremely helpful and attentive personnel. They helped me select a new pair of “Peepers” reading sunglasses. I love them!

    Now we entered into the old Mill Falls Building (originally a hosiery mill converted by a forward thinking group of investors in the 80’s into an inn with rooms, shops and restaurants all at the edge of beautiful Lake Winnipesaukee). Bob Strang, our fearless leader, thought we might all enjoy a little candy so we visited Lees Candy Kitchen. Ever wondered where you can get all that penny candy you loved as a kid – well this is the place. Beautifully displayed, they will assist you in creating a collection of whatever your heart and taste buds desire. We now headed up the staircase to Adornment and Creative Clothing Co. A selection of women’s clothes and jewelry not found in your average store -the owner travels the US and selects each item personally. Good place to find something a little different to wear.

    Back down the stairs to Giuseppe’s for more nourishment. Julie Gnerre-Bourgeois, the owner, provided us with an excellent cheese pizza served on their charming outdoor patio. Giuseppe’s has actually got multiple locations including one in Gloucester MA. We understand from good authority, Bob Strang, that their Fra Diavolo is to die for. We will just have to return but he says you should try to make a Friday Night when he is deejaying and dancing abounds.

    Good thing we had the pizza as we now proceeded on “The Loop” up the hill to Hermit Woods Winery. Bob Manley, our host, took us into the depths of his attractive store front and tasting room to show us how he and his 2 partners make wine. Bob’s presentation is more than a lesson in making wine, he tells you why they did this. I learned so much while being totally entertained by his delivery. Did you know that all wines have sulfites? Wine does not necessarily age well so don’t stock pile – drink it now. We headed back up stairs for the tasting. Their wines are made from assorted fruits and plants that he has growing on his farm. They have created a special Heirloom Crabapple wine to celebrate Meredith’s 250th year – yummy. The Winnipesaukee Rose was delicious and wears a label by a local artist Stephen Hodecker. 10% of the sale goes to Lake Winnipesaukee Association which protects the water quality in the area. I purchased Summer in Session – carbonated low alcohol mead for a hot summer day. There is a lovely outdoor deck to sit and enjoy your selection along with whatever you choose from their selection of sandwiches, charcuterie and cheeses at their deli counter.

    We continued on the loop down to the town docks passing by the beach bar to be greeted by Scott Crowder at the Ekal Activity Center (lake spelt backwards). If you feel the need to get closer to the lake, you can rent paddleboards, kayaks, canoes, aqua cycles, and bikes. If you don’t want to work that hard there are also pontoon boat charters and the classic antique style wooden boat ride on “Miss Meredith”. All of this goes into full swing mid June. As an FYI, Scott also started the Pond Hockey weekend in the winter. Now that’s a fun time too!

    We continued into Church Landing – a magnificent hotel and dining room (operated by our friends “The Common Man”). The view from the bar and the dining room are enticing. You can almost touch the lake. All rooms in Church Landing (named because this used to be the location of the Catholic Church) face the lake. For that matter all rooms in 3 of their hotels (Church Landing, Chase House and Bay Point) face the lake. The room we were shown had wallpaper made from local postcards, 4 poster bed made from Birch trees, balcony and a fireplace! You can see why so many couples want to tie the knot in Meredith.

    To complete this day we toured the Cascade Spa and Salon, a spa with a view. A very Art Deco design with an extensive list of services Cascade has everything to make you feel beautiful (or handsome if you are a guy).

    Thank you to everyone who made this tour possible. Loved every second of it and will recommend without hesitation. I will return soon so I can finish “The Loop”!

    Here are a few links that provide more information
    https://www.millfalls.com/
    http://www.giuseppesnh.com/
    http://hermitwoods.com/
    http://www.ekalactivitycenter.com/

  • 06 Jun 2018 7:36 AM | Kelly Bryer (Administrator)

    by GSA Veronica Molloy, Southern NH University Class of 2014

    CU4 Reality Mega Fair, a happening with 548 middle school Kids, took place at Pinkerton Academy Stockbridge Theatre on a late May Tuesday. Six NH GSAs joined NH Credit Union personnel and volunteers organized by Judy Window of St. Mary’s Bank for this one day budget blitz. GSAs arrived at 7:15AM, processed a 7:45AM group of 164 students by 9:15AM and picked up at 9:30AM with the largest group of 221 kids. Lunch followed the last group of 163.

    By 9 o’clock middle school kids are wide awake. Released from the bus and Event opening remarks, they roar to action! This creates a serious decibel level, a kind of word salad or tossed talk together, in pairs, triples and groups…. at once, all of them moving table to table! Kids making decisions: where to live, what to eat, transportation, pets, insurance? Yikes!

    At the beginning of the “CU4Reality” process, each student is assigned, or chooses, an occupation that generates an estimated annual salary. The salary must cover all of costs of living for a year. In other words, the goal is to establish an annual budget. At the CU4 Reality” Event, students move to fill a Budget Form from one subjective expense to another, table by table, filling the Budget Form line by line. Once the form is complete, they’ve achieved an individual budget. The budget must balance. Credit Union employees and volunteers guide the process by answering questions and making suggestions to questions like these from the “transportation table”:

    How much is a used F-150?”
    “I think I’ll get the used Chevy Cobalt. It’s the cheapest.”
    “What! No Telsa?”
    “I can’t afford the payments!!!”
    “I’m back. The credit manager says I have to get rid of the BMW.”
    “I live in the country to save money on my rent, but there’s no public transportation. I can’t afford a car payment. I’m a day care worker: $22,000 a year! What can I do?”

    
Interesting to see various ways that middle school children approach the decision making process no matter which “budget item” they were tackling. Many consult with a friend. Some decided to share a rent or living expenses with one or more roommates. Others moved table to table alone thoughtfully considering each decision to stay within their earnings dollar amount.

    As stated earlier, CU4Reality is a blast! It is so worth it to see kids begin to get a dollars and sense grip on earnings and cost of living.

    All the GSAs were repeat volunteers except for Michael Garvish who stepped up on this occasion as a former Pinkerton Academy teacher who lives in Derry! Betsy Booth traveled in from Wolfeboro and summarized for all of us: this is a very meaningful way to assist an important life skill educational opportunity for our next generation!

    Veronica Molloy and Donna Kirouac volunteered but not pictured.

  • 01 Jun 2018 9:51 AM | Kelly Bryer (Administrator)

    from press release sent out from Prescott Farm

    Prescott Farm Environmental Education Center was thrilled to host a group of Granite State Ambassadors at the Farm for our Magnificent Trees tour with Education Director, Sarah Dunham, and behind-the-scenes tour with Executive Director, Jude Hamel. “I really enjoyed learning about trees and how you calculate how old they are. It is truly amazing,” says Diane LaBelle, of the Granite State Ambassadors. “It is a beautiful area to visit for the day… Prescott Farm is truly a place to make some memories!!”

    The Granite State Ambassador program is celebrating its 20th year of dedication to meeting and exceeding the informational needs of guests and residents of the State of New Hampshire through in-depth training and active participation of certified Ambassadors. From the beginning it has offered friendly, altruistic people an outlet to share what they love about New Hampshire with guests to the state. It’s created a cultural movement that has inspired the rest of New Hampshire’s tourism industry to connect with each other, develop meaningful partnerships, and provide knowledgeable answers to every question imaginable.

    The Granite State Ambassadors share many of the same values as Prescott Farm in its belief that New Hampshire will only be a good place to visit if it continues to be a good place to live. Visitors will come only if we all work proactively together to retain our scenic open spaces, rich historic and cultural attractions, livable communities, as well as the social structure that values the individuals and permits them regular opportunities to pitch in and make a difference.

    “I have been on many different tours in the state and these type of places make me appreciate our wonderful state,” says Ron LaBelle, of the Granite State Ambassadors who visited Prescott Farm. “The barn restoration was great to see. It’s good to see the preservation of our local history.”

    Prescott Farm is a nonprofit 501c3 dedicated to environmental education and preservation. For more than twenty years, Prescott Farm has been a destination for people of all ages to learn about New Hampshire wildlife, ecology, natural history and cultural history through hands-on public programs and service learning opportunities in the beautiful Lakes Region of New Hampshire. It is a designated wildlife viewing area with over 160 acres of idyllic farmland, forest and pastures open daily, year-round to the public including more than three miles of woodland, pond and field trails, heritage gardens, and a Natural PlayScape, as well as Fledglings Nature-Based Preschool and WildQuest summer and vacation camps.


    For more information about Prescott Farm and all of its programming and ways to help, please visit www.prescottfarm.org. Prescott Farm –exploring and preserving the natural world, one adventure at a time.

    View our tour photos: https://photos.app.goo.gl/mnHYUC5N34FiaTS23
  • 01 Jun 2018 9:04 AM | Kelly Bryer (Administrator)

    Thank you GSA Sue Greenbaum for putting this together from feedback by: Kathryn Segreti, Sue Geyer, Ron & Judi Lai, Maureen Walsh, Mary O’Brien, Mark Burzynski, Cathy Crane, Diane Miner, Jane Anderson, Bruce Flegal, Duncan MacIntyre, Angella Call, and Kelly Bryer

    We were so grateful to be able to participate in a tour of the Pinkham and Crawford Notch AMC facilities recently, which was fabulous! Our tour started at the Pinkham Notch Visitor Center & Joe Dodge Lodge where Rob Burbank, who has been with the organization for years, provided us with lots of history and club information including a fun anecdote leading to the fact that the AMC Hut system was started in 1876. AMC folks did a great job telling us about all they do, and showed us a lot of their facilities, including pictures of the various huts.

    Both locations provide visitor information sites for anyone wanting to hike the trails of the White Mountains and are in need of maps, clothing, info on weather conditions, and on lower mountain lodging facilities that serve food.



    At the Joe Dodge Lodge, at Pinkham Notch, we were able to view a few rooms, which are available year round. Rooms range from private to group bunkrooms. All include towels, linens, and soap to make packing light and dinner and breakfast are available in most room packages. Guests can even purchase healthy trail lunches to go. The facilities also offer comfortable living room with a fireplace and a sunny library to relax in as well as many free, walk-on programs from guided day hikes to evening talks. They have meeting spaces, a demo center where guests can try out gear and an extensive gift shop.


    We next traveled down Route 16 to Route 302 through Crawford Notch to the Highland Center in Bretton Woods.

    At the Highland Center, Rob introduced us to several of the onsite guides who split our group up and took us on a whirlwind tour and enlightened us on its design and educational programs. They made us aware of the services they can provide guide services everything from easy day hikes to backcountry camping trips.


    One important session was devoted to the Hike Safe card that any visitor who plans to hike should purchase. This program stresses the importance of being prepared in the outdoors and, should an accident happen, releases the card holder from having to pay the costs of their rescue. http://www.hikesafe.com/

    Video tour: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m7T-HP6KrOA&feature=youtu.be

    AMC's Highland Center Lodge at Crawford Notch is constructed with recycled building materials and utilizes green technologies such as high-efficiency biomass heating. Video “Green” tour: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JaTF-WxdjUw

    We were amazed at how well maintained and appointed each room was. LL Bean has generously provided all their bedding and hiking equipment. If you stay at the Highland Center you can borrow boots, backpacks, coats, sleeping bags, and whatever else is needed to have a safe hike. The gear came in lots of different sizes, from children to adults. It also included headlamps, trekking poles, as well as snowshoes.


    There were many places to sit and relax including living room areas with fireplaces, patio, library… They have a hiker shuttle to nearby trailheads in the summer and fall, a new electric vehicle charging station and WiFi service. The Highland Center also has a new playground area “Big Mountain Playscape” made of wood and rocks, which is a great place for kids to let out some energy. The public is welcome to come play too!


    When you combine your overnight stay with free guided day hikes, educational programs, free borrowing privileges at their LL Bean Gear Room and the dinner and breakfast package, you will find that your stay is not only reasonable, but a great deal for a family vacation!

    The AMC maintains 8 high huts throughout the White Mountains. These mountain huts can be booked so hikers can travel from hut to hut (they are about a day apart). Each hut provides a meal and sleeping bunk with bedding, but you need to book these online and in advance, as they are very popular during the summer and into the fall months. What a wonderful place to introduce a family to the outdoor experience! 



    The Highland Center Lodge restaurant is open to the public for lunch and on the weekends for dinner. If you want dinner during the week it is family style, so you will need to let them know a few days in advance. It's also good to know that the chefs are able to accommodate guests with special dietary needs. If the meals were like our lunch (especially the soup!) We highly recommend a stop. Should you wish to plan a hike or a visit go to their website, outdoors.org where you will find a wealth of information on their mountain huts, including places to stay at varying heights and locations throughout the Whites, popular hikes, hiker shuttles, a calendar of events including Naturalists Programs at the huts during the summer, and so much more.



    AMC generously gave us lunch in a room surrounded by incredible photos of the White Mountains and other sites by the very talented artist Bradford Washburn. That in itself is a reason to stop by the Highland Center. Unfortunately, Mother Nature didn’t give us warm sunny weather but it didn’t matter, we still had a great day. As they told us, "There Is No Such Thing As Bad Weather, Only Inappropriate Clothing." www.outdoors.org

    View all of our photos: https://photos.app.goo.gl/jsbnoxQdesEtYKin1

  • 01 Jun 2018 7:30 AM | Kelly Bryer (Administrator)

    Thank you GSA Sue Greenbaum for putting together with feedback from Violet Anderson, Margaret Minnon, Ruth Dabrowski, Rosemarie Cusson, and Marie Nickerson

    The weather cooperated for the 24 GSAs (always sunny in NH!) attending the Exeter Area Chamber of Commerce/American Independence Museum tour on April 20, 2018. It was a fun group and we met several of the recently graduated new GSAs.


    Our first stop was to the Exeter Area Chamber of Commerce's new visitor center on Water Street, which by the way, is NHGSA's newest member center. It was built in an old court room, complete with the judges old desk. What a beautiful office space with the nicest people!


    From there, we took a short walk down to the American Independence Museum.


    The American Independence Museum is a historic house museum located in Exeter. The campus consists of two buildings, the Ladd-Gilman House, which is the main building of the American Independence Museum, and the Folsom Tavern. The museum offers popular year-round programming and special events. It houses many artifacts, including a rare first official copy of the Declaration of Independence, found by an electrician in 1985 in the attic floorboards of the Ladd-Gilman House.



    Also included in the museum's collection were two rare draft copies of the U.S. Constitution and a Badge of Military Merit (the original Purple Heart), awarded by General George Washington to soldiers demonstrating extraordinary bravery. From letters and documents we know that George Washington had excellent penmanship! It was awesome to be in the presence of so many historical treasures.

    Another thing that stood out for me was the state treasury room with a sample of NH currency. I never gave it much thought and was surprised to learn that each colony had their own currency with different values. How complicated that would have been for travelers!



    We also visited the Folsom Tavern, built in 1775, when Exeter was the capital of New Hampshire. It has been moved three times in the past 200 years, the last time in October 2004. Our first president once ate breakfast there, and I found it humbling to be eating in the same room where George Washington once ate. Thank you Exeter Area Chamber of Commerce for a wonderful lunch provided by your member, Hannafords!



    What intrigued me very much were the fun activities that Exeter plans for their waterfront area. The Swasey Parkway is a beautiful public park which runs along the Squamscott River, a 6 mile long tidal river. On Saturday, July 14, more than 4,000 people are expected to visit for the 28th American Independence Festival, presented by the American Independence Museum. Main Street will be closed down so they can feature historic battle re-enactments, colonial demonstrations, cannons that fire throughout the day, crafts, music, food, children's activities, a splendid ending with night-time fireworks!

    Our presenters, Executive Director Emma Bray of the American Independence Museum, and Member Services Director Bobbi Vandenbulcke of the Exeter Area Chamber of Commerce were both welcoming and very knowledgeable. Thank you both so very much!

    The American Independence Museum
    One Governors Lane, Exeter, NH 03833
    603-772-2622
    www.independencemuseum.org

    Exeter Area Chamber of Commerce
    120 Water Street, Suite B
    Exeter, NH 03833
    603-772-2411
    www.exeterarea.org

    View all our photos: https://photos.app.goo.gl/Z4Jw0qvigDymonGu2

  • 01 Jun 2018 6:52 AM | Kelly Bryer (Administrator)

    GSA Veronia Molloy, Southern NH University Class of 2014


    FOUR NH GSAs took a rainy day opportunity to participate in GREEN EXPO and RECOGNITION DAY at Bridges House, the official residence of NH Governors, on Saturday, May 19, 2018. During the Event, Valerie Sununu joined Governor Sununu who read a Proclamation recognizing New Hampshire Pollinator Week for June 19 th – 25 th in addition to Capital Area Bee Keepers and the vital role of bees in our world. Capital Area Bee Keepers has an apiary on the Bridges House property. Hosted by Governor and First Lady Sununu, GREEN EXPO AND RECOGNITION DAY grew as an educational initiative of Mrs. Sununu to “green-up” schools through partnering with Project Green Schools and a newly formed Youth Sustainability Council.


    Four schools participated in a “shark tank” competition for a chance to win prize money for “green” projects in their school. As a result, Portsmouth High School went home with the top prize of $2000 while Rundlett Middle School won $1000; Shaker Road School won $1500, and Interlakes High School won $1000 each to forward individual school projects.

    Shark Tank judges proved to offer more helpful suggestions than difficult questions aimed at project presenters. Nevertheless, one student faced this baffling question put forward by Robin Organ of Project Green Schools: “How would you handle the dirt students might have on their clothing when returning to indoor class after sitting on the proposed “grass chairs” in the school outdoor classroom setting?”

    “Brush it off!” said the student, puzzled but willing to offer an obvious NH answer! On another note, event literature stated: “The path toward a greener and more sustainable future is through community driven projects, so we are excited to provide support and potential funding for these student initiatives because we know they will be our future leaders and entrepreneurs.” Good Luck Winners!

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