Six-part history course, Thursday nights, beginning 
March 7th
Trinket Box, c. 1800-1860, birchbark
with dyed porcupine quills and spruce
root, from the Society's collection

If you've wondered about the Abenaki people's history and culture in our state, sign up for the Society's new six-part history course. 


Learn what stories are told through the archeological evidence of the first 12,000 years of the Abenaki's history. See what the Society's library collections show about the people, and learn from local historians about the cultural tradition of women's basket making; the wildly variable opinions about Robert Rogers, a contentious character of his time; and how inter-tribal alliances helped the Abenakis survive so many obstacles.


Society members can enjoy this learning opportunity for $80. The course fee for non-members is $120, and includes a one-year individual membership. See the Society's online calendar for more information, or download this brochure to sign up. Please note a change in schedule from the original brochure: The speakers have been switched on April 4 and 11, 2013. The brochure link above, as well as the Society's website, is accurate. 


Classes meet in the Society's auditorium at 30 Park Street, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., beginning Thursday, March 7, through Thursday, April 11, 2013.


For more information, please contact Education Coordinator Stephanie Fortin at 603-856-0604 or education@nhhistory.org.

New Exhibitions Open
at the
Society's Museum    
In the Notch by John White Allen Scott (1815-1907), oil on canvas
Mountain Scenery 
The exhibition Mountain Scenery, now open at the Society's museum, features 19th-century New Hampshire landscape paintings by 17 artists. Included in the exhibition are signature works of White Mountain art, newly conserved paintings, and recent additions to the Society's collection.
Among the 20 featured paintings is In the Notch, a 1857 work by John White Allen Scott. In the Notch shows an idyllic and imaginative summer scene in the White Mountains with Mount Chocorua featured in the background. 

Ellen D. Hill of Concord, left the painting to the Society as a bequest in 1917. She was the daughter of prominent New Hampshire coach manufacturer Lewis Downing (of the Abbot-Downing Company). 

 Click here for a larger image of the painting.


Home, School, and Studio: Women Artists and New Hampshire
Plate, hand-painted porcelain decorated by
 Helen Pearson (1870-1949) and Mary E. B. Miller (1841-1939)

Also opening at the Society's museum on Saturday, February 16, is a complementary exhibition: Home, School, and Studio: Women Artists and New Hampshire. The pieces on display showcase the distinctive work of women collected by the Society over the past 150 years. 
The exhibition demonstrates how women have helped to define the character and aesthetics of art in New Hampshire. Women became master painters, watercolorists, printmakers, and sculptors. During the late 19th century, china painting became a pastime and artistic endeavor for many American women. Artists Helen Pearson and her aunt, Mary E.B. Miller, both of Portsmouth, worked together and made their livelihood decorating fine bone china to sell.

Click here for a larger image of the plate.
The exhibitions Mountain Scenery and Home, School, and Studio: Women Artists and New Hampshire will be on view at the Society's museum, 6 Eagle Square, Concord, through December 2013.
Mountain Scenery and
Home, School, and Studio: Women Artists and New Hampshire
are funded in part by:
The Robert and Dorothy Goldberg Charitable Foundation
with additional support from:
Eleanor Briggs
Robert O. Wilson, D.D.S. Historical Research Fund
Una Mason Collins Fund