(July 24, 2008 – Weirs, NH) The Lake Winnipesaukee Historical Society welcomes Dr. Robert Goodby to the Lake Winnipesaukee Museum on Wednesday, August 6, for a presentation entitled “Digging into Native History in New Hampshire” beginning at 7pm. The Lake Winnipesaukee Museum is located on Route 3 (503 Endicott Street North), Weirs Beach, NH. Admission is free; doors open at 6:30pm.
The Abenaki Native Americans had a long, rich history in New Hampshire, which has been reduced to near-invisibility as the result of conquest, a conquering culture that placed little value on the Indian experience, and a strategy of self-preservation that required many Abenaki to go “underground,” concealing their true identity for generations to avoid discrimination and persecution. In addition to names familiar to us today, archaeological evidence shows their deep presence here, inches below the surface.
Dr. Goodby has 20 years of archaeological experience studying Native American sites in New England and 15 years of college teaching experience including appointments at Wheaton College, the University of New Hampshire and presently as Associate Professor of Anthropology at Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, New Hampshire. He received his Bachelor of Arts from UNH, and his Masters and Ph.D from Brown University, all in anthropology. He is a former president of the New Hampshire Archeological Society and has completed numerous archaeological studies for the NH Department of Transportation and other public and private clients.
Dr. Goodby’s presentation, sponsored by the NH Humanities Council, will include an interesting slide show to illustrate his comments. Light refreshments will be served after the program and guests are encouraged to stay and enjoy the exhibits, which include a large model of The Lady of the Lake, newly created by David Warren of Melvin Village, and recently digitized home videos from the 1920s and 1930s of family activities on Lake Winnipesaukee.
The Lake Winnipesaukee Historical Society invites the public to the Winnipesaukee Wednesday lecture on The Downing Family of Alton Bay on September 10, Antique & Classic Car Cruise Nights Monday evenings from 6 to 8pm, weather permitting, through August 11, and Bingo fundraising games every Tuesday and Saturday nights at the Funspot Bingo Hall.
The Lake Winnipesaukee Museum is open all year Tuesday through Saturday from 10am to 2pm and located directly on Route 3 (503 Endicott St. No.) in the Weirs section of Laconia, next door to Funspot. Admission is free; donations appreciated.
The Lake Winnipesaukee Historical Society is actively seeking new members to help support its mission. Established to preserve and promote the history and heritage of Lake Winnipesaukee, membership levels for the Page 3 of 3
nonprofit organization are $10 One Year; $25 Five Year, and $100 Lifetime, with special incentives for new members along with regular membership benefits.
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