Nesmith Library

Windham, New Hampshire

[In Person] Vanished Veterans: NH Civil War Monuments & Memorials, A New Hampshire Humanities Program

This is a live, in person program taking place indoors at Nesmith Library.

Registration Required / Adults Ages 16 & Up

Please use the form on this page to register, once per person who will attend the program. We have limited capacity we can accommodate: the form will disappear when registration is full.

New Hampshire towns did not erect monuments to prior wars, but the emotional and family toll, unprecedented in American history, drove the decision to honor our local soldiers and sailors of the Civil War. On Thursday, May 5 at 6:30 PM, local historian George Morrison will take us on a tour of these memorials during Vanished Veterans: New Hampshire Civil War Monuments and Memorials, a New Hampshire Humanities program. From Seabrook to Colebrook, Berlin to Hinsdale, along Main Streets and 19th-century dirt roads, in city parks and on town greens, in libraries and town halls, and in cemeteries prominent and obscure, Mr. Morrison located, inventoried, and photographed the fascinating variety of New Hampshire's Civil War memorials. He shares his discoveries, from the earliest obelisks, to statuary and artillery, to murals, cast iron, stained glass, and buildings from the 1860s through the 1920s.

First-born son of a naval-aviator-turned-marine-biologist and a librarian, George Morrison's first grade teacher had him lecture in middle school science classes. When his favorite sixth grade teacher predicted he’d become either a teacher or priest, he was unconvinced.  After earning a B.A., History, UNH, 1982, he served thirty years as a high school teacher. A long-time researcher of unpublished primary sources, he has contributed to the work of aviation historians and artists in several countries. A life-long photographer, historian and motorcyclist, he traveled over 18,000 miles in the course of this project, which was sparked after noticing a puzzling 1918 monument inscription.

This program is made possible through a grant from New Hampshire Humanities, and is co-hosted by the Windham Historical Society.

Please refrain from attending if you are experiencing symptoms of sickness, including cough, cold, and flu: thank you for helping us to continue providing our full services as safely as possible.

Questions? Please call Nesmith Library (603-432-7154) or email Adult Programming Librarian Maria

Date: 
Thursday, May 5, 2022 - 6:30pm
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