(May 6, 2008 – Weirs, NH) The Lake Winnipesaukee Historical Society welcomes Patricia Smith, Director of The Libby Museum, on Wednesday, May 28th at 7:00pm. Ms. Smith will tell the story of this natural history museum in Wolfeboro, its founder, Dr. Henry F. Libby, its exhibits and activities. The presentation will be held at the Lake Winnipesaukee Museum, Route 3, Weirs Beach, NH. Admission is free.
Dr. Henry F. Libby, a dentist by profession, had a passion for nature which resulted in a wide variety of collections which are presently on display that includes Abenaki Indian artifacts and New England wildlife representations.
Of particular interest to the local history lover are items from the 1980s archaelogical dig at the Wentworth estate, the Colonial Governor John Wentworth’s summer mansion in Wolfeboro which provided the basis for the town’s claim as the “oldest summer resort in America.”
The Libby Museum overlooks Winter Harbor on the lake not far from where Libby was born on Tuftonboro Neck in 1850. Built in 1912, the building itself is an interesting architectural site and was placed on the National Register for Historic Places in 1998. The Museum hosted and was featured on the NH Chronicle television show in 2006.
It will open for the season on June 1st and offers summer programs for children and adults. For more information, come to the presentation, call 569-1035, or visit www.wolfeboronh.us, click on “departments” and look for Libby Museum.
The Lake Winnipesaukee Museum’s Winnipesaukee Wednesdays lecture series will be enhanced this year with new comfortably padded chairs, thanks to a grant from the Meredith Village Savings Bank Fund-Lakes Region Charitable Foundation.
Other upcoming lectures are: The Northern Railroad on June 25th; Lady of the Lake-The River Queen of Winnipiseogee on July 16th; Digging into Native NH History on August 6th; and The Downing Family of Alton Bay on September 10th. Doors open at 6:30.
Beginning Monday, June 9th, Cruise Nights are coming to the historic 4 acre property every Monday this summer from 6 to 8pm. All classic and antique cars and enthusiasts are welcome. The season kick off will be co-hosted by Frank FM Radio.
The Lake Winnipesaukee Historical Society is a nonprofit organization established to preserve and promote the history and heritage of Lake Winnipesaukee and vicinity and is actively seeking new members to help support its mission. Membership levels are $10 One Year; $25 Five Year, and $100 Lifetime with special incentives and benefits are offered.
The Lake Winnipesaukee Museum is open all year Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm 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. For information on events, membership or volunteer opportunities, please contact 603-366-5776 or email@example.com.