Summer 2017: Laconia Historical & Museum Society Newsletter “The Historian”
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“Hello LHMS members. It’s been well over a year since our last newsletter. Thanks to Johanna Halperin for making this one possible. Lots of great things have been going on over the past year. Our monthly lectures have been going well. I hope that those of you that can’t make it to the meetings will have a chance to watch them on LRPA TV.
Our Executive Director, Pat Tierney, has a group of dedicated volunteers to help him work with our collections at our building on Water Street. Pat with the help of Johanna Halperin and historian Warren Huse have been doing a wonderful job on our quarterly exhibits at the Laconia Public Library. Make sure to come by and visit. Without the Library’s support the exhibits would not be possible.
I wanted to let you know about something exciting happening in the city of Laconia. Last year I formed a non-profit called “Celebrate Laconia” to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the city which takes place in 2018. This summer on August 19, 2017 we will be celebrating the 125th anniversary of the Laconia Passenger Station with a day of entertainment, train rides, vendors, pig roast, children’s activities and FUN!! Hope to see many of you there.
Finally, if you have not yet renewed your membership, please do. If you know of anyone who would like to be a member please let them know about us. We are only as strong as our members. Also, if you are interested in volunteering please get in touch with our Executive Director.
Laconia Railroad History Exhibit
The Laconia Railroad History Exhibit will have an official open house at 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 21, in the gallery on the Upper Level of the Laconia Public Library.
Three railroad stories unique to Laconia will be presented through September. The Laconia Car Company, with buildings and property along the Water St. of today, once produced passenger, freight, and trolley cars from before the Civil War until well into the 20th century. The Laconia Street Railway graced downtown, Lakeport and the Weirs for many years. The passenger station celebrates a significant milestone with a 125-year event on Saturday Aug. 19.
Artifacts, blueprints, pictures, maps, the people involved, and, of course trains will be on display. The exhibit is free and open to the public.
Mt. Lebanon Lodge #32 Exhibit
December 7, 2016 – March 1, 2017 —
On December 7, 2016 LHMS opened an overview exhibit of this important 197 year old local organization. As the oldest continuous Freemason Lodge (1819) located in what became Belknap County, Mt. Lebanon Lodge continues a strong tradition of philanthropic and charitable service to the community.
The exhibit may be viewed, on the Upper Level of the Laconia Public Library, during normal library hours, Monday through Saturday.
Bob Giguere Exhibit
Currently also on display at the Laconia Public Library are materials pertaining to the United States Navy service of Robert A. Giguere, Lakeport native, who participated in the D-Day Invasion of World War II. (Enter the library by the Church Street entrance and turn left. The display will be located just before the Circulation Desk.)
Antiques Appraisal Day
Annual May and November event.
Programs on TV
LHMS programs are available on Lakes Region Public Access, Channel 25 of MetroCast TV.
Air times are Wednesdays at 9 p.m., Thursdays at 4 a.m. and 1 p.m., Fridays at 9 a.m., Saturdays at 2 p.m. and Tuesdays at 1 a.m. and 8 a.m.
Note: LHMS programing is usually pre-empted during the annual Children’s Auction, each December.