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Windham, New Hampshire

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[VIRTUAL] The History of Agriculture as Told by Barns - A New Hampshire Humanities Program

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THIS IS A VIRTUAL PROGRAM. It will be held online using a virtual meeting service. Please register at this link to receive access information for the meeting, and follow the instructions to be ready to join the meeting. Please email Adult Programming Librarian Maria with any questions!

Registration is required / Adults, ages 16 and up

Barns can tell us a great deal about the history of agriculture in New Hampshire, and on Thursday, February 25, at 6:30 PM, Nesmith Library welcomes John Porter (virtually) to share those stories with us. Mr. Porter's presentation will follow the progression of barn styles that evolved to handle the increased productivity required to meet the needs of a growing population and respond to changes in society caused by the railroad and the Industrial Revolution. He will also demonstrate how these majestic barn structures represent Yankee ingenuity, hard work, and skilled craftsmanship, as well as providing a link to our past that adds to the state's scenic beauty.

John Porter was raised on a dairy farm in Lebanon, New Hampshire. He graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a B.S. Degree in Animal Science, and then went on to get a master's degree from Cornell University in Animal Nutrition and Farm Management. In 2005, he earned a master's degree in Education Administration from Bob Jones University. He served as a Dairy Specialist for the UNH Cooperative Extension from 1974 until his retirement in 2006. He still works part-time for UNH, specializing in structures and farmstead planning. In 2001, he co-authored the book Preserving Old Barns; in 2007, he was editor and contributing author of The History and Economics of the New Hampshire Dairy Industry; in 2011 he was a contributing author of Crosscurrents of Change: Concord, N.H. in the 20th Century; and in 2019 he published a new edition of Preserving Old Barns: Preventing the Loss of a Valuable Resource.

We are happy to be co-hosting this wonderful program with The Windham Historical Society! This online program is made possible by a generous grant from New Hampshire Humanities.


To register for this online program, please register at this link. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information on how to join the webinar. 

Please email Adult Programming Librarian Maria with any questions!

Thursday, February 25, 2021 - 6:30pm
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