Author Archives: Janice Brown

New Hampshire Glossary: Excise

ON EXCISES Excise, a Monster, worse than e’er before Frighted the Midwife, and the Mother tore; A thousands Hands she has, a thousand Eyes, Breaks into Shops and into Cellars pries; With hundred Rows of Teeth the Shark exceeds, And … Continue reading

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October 11 2021: Indigenous Peoples’ Day in New Hampshire

No, sadly you won’t find Indigenous Peoples’ Day on the official New Hampshire State calendar of holidays. Though the topic has been brought more than once before our State’s General Court, legislation to either change Columbus Day or to add … Continue reading

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Merrimack New Hampshire Post Office History and Its First Woman Postmaster.

New Hampshire has a long and interesting post office history dating back to 1673. This story is specific to the area that is now the town of Merrimack in Hillsborough County. For New Hampshire’s early post office and post road … Continue reading

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NH Tidbits: Autumn, Fall Foliage and Leaf Peeping

Autumn is finally here, and so is the beginning of the Autumn foliage color season. This year, Wednesday 22 September 2021 is the autumnal equinox, marking the beginning of “Fall.” The Old Farmer’s Almanac waxes poetic on that topic, so … Continue reading

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New Hampshire Glossary: Flake House

In the early days of New England and eastern coastal Canada colonization by Europeans, catching and drying codfish was a popular occupation for food preservation. After being caught by Atlantic fishermen, codfish were cleaned, then dried on large racks (called … Continue reading

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