The Woodman Museum will present a series of fall lectures
DOVER – The Woodman Museum 2021 Fall Speaker Series kicks off Wednesday, October 6 with five speakers, one each Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. until November 3 at the Woodman Museum, 182 Central Ave., Dover.
Members get free entry. General admission is $ 10, or purchase all five lectures for $ 25. For tickets call 603-742-1038 or purchase them during the event. Masks are not mandatory for people who have been vaccinated. For more information, contact David Tompkins at 603-742-7680 or [email protected]
Olga Morrill, Wednesday October 6: New Hampshire author Olga Morrill kicks off the fall lecture series with an open discussion of the settlement of Dover in the early 17th century. Questions are encouraged throughout the program. She is currently working on a historical fiction series called The Vagabond Trilogy which is firmly based on facts and involves real people and events that happened in the Piscataqua area around this time. Two of the three books are now published.
Volume 1, Vagabond Quakers: Northern Colonies (2017) begins at Dover Point in the Massachusetts Bay Colony (now New Hampshire). The beginnings of the colony’s history are revealed through the eyes of Puritan magistrate Richard Walderne who immigrated in 1635. The chapters alternate between Richard and two female missionaries from the Society of Friends, Mary Tomkins and Alice Ambrose, who collide to Walderne in December 1662. The little-known story of the Puritan persecution against the Society of Friends is revealed by the shocking violence these women endured.
Book 2, Vagabond Quakers: Southern Colonies (Fiction, May 2021) follows the journeys of Mary and Alice as they travel south from New England to Virginia, encountering new adventures and more persecution. Copies are available for purchase in paperback and Kindle formats through Amazon or borrow the books from your local library.
After 24 years of service, Morrill retired from the Conway Public Library in November 2014 to devote all of his time and energy to writing Vagabond Quakers: Northern Colonies, then in the making for two years. She is currently working on Book 3, Vagabond Apothecary about David Thomson, the first European settler to bring his family to live on the New Hampshire coast. She lives in the White Mountains of New Hampshire with her husband Steve
Terry Nelson, Wednesday October 13: The New Hampshire coast has a rich, little-known history. Some remains are hidden in plain sight, and others are simply hidden. In his book “Hidden History of New Hampshire”, Seacoast author Terry Nelson reveals many of these fascinating stories. Meet the pastor and first religious founder who was embroiled in an armed confrontation at Dover with another preacher in 1640. Learn about the former deputy manager of Rochester who became a world-renowned business leader and ended up meeting the president Grover Cleveland. Learn about Atkinson Academy, America’s second coeducational school and arguably the oldest continuously operating school, as well as the ‘rock pile’ that halted a multi-million dollar high school construction project in Windham.
Nelson is a retired educator, his last post being as Deputy Principal at Southside Middle School in Manchester. He lives in Dover with his wife Barbara, also a retired educator, and their rescue dog. Ellie.
Michael Bruno, October 20: Join Michael Bruno, author of “Crusing New Hampshire History: A guide to New Hampshire’s Historical Markers,” for a fascinating talk on some of the 255 New Hampshire state road markers featured in his book. Michael will delve deeper into the stories and history behind selected markers, as well as the history of the famous people, places and events in New Hampshire history that they represent.
Bruno was born in the Lake District of New Hampshire. He traveled statewide with his father when he was young and became interested in New Hampshire history. As a young adult, he stopped at historic milestones that dot the freeways while riding his motorcycle. He found each of the markers intriguing with their unique history. Over thirty years later, Michael embarked on a project to tour and provide in-depth information on each of the 255 New Hampshire landmarks currently on display along the Granite State Highways.
Noreen Biehl, October 27: “A Place of Healing: A History of Wentworth-Douglass Hospital “spans 11 decades of annual reports, journal articles, hospital publications, recollections and talks from Dover. It begins with the opening ceremony on August 30th 1906, when hundreds of people gathered in front of the hospital lawn to hear Colonel Daniel Hall congratulate Arioch Wentworth on his donation of $ 100,000 to the city of Dover to build a hospital named Wentworth. And surgery, and public charity, are all in the making and still on their nerves, and whoever will live 50 years, like some of you, will see this institution much larger than the one we are launching or envisioning today. story ends 110 years later, the incredible story of Seacoast’s main medical center continues today.
Biehl received a Bachelor of Arts in English / Documentary Writing from the University of New Hampshire and a Master of Science in Communications Management from Simmons College, Boston, MA. She worked as a reporter for the Foster’s Daily Democrat before starting a 30-year career at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital, before retiring as Vice President of Community Relations in 2014. Noreen lives in Dover where she continues to write, travel, garden and enjoy family.
Paul Timmerman, November 3: New Hampshire Civil War General Simon Griffin rose from captain to colonel to brigadier general as a member of the 9th Corps of the Union Army. See him participate in major combat campaigns in theaters of eastern and western conflict. His fights began with the 1st Bull Run in July 1861, included the Vicksburg campaign in 1863, and ended with the Appomattox campaign in 1865.
Learn about his leadership and aggressive command tactics. Marvel at how he survives his many fights in this dangerous conflict and returns to Keene, NH after the war.
Paul Timmerman is a retired and avid Civil War historian, resident of Dover and a member of the 1st NH Light Artillery Reenactment Group. He is currently Professor at the Woodman Museum and Chairman of its Board of Trustees.