Category Archives: Holidays

Valentine’s Day in New Hampshire, 1872

Farmer’s Cabinet (Amherst NH) Vol 70, Issue 31, Page 2; Wednesday, February 14, 1872 To day, (the 14th) is known in the calendar as St. Valentine’s Day. Many believe St. Valentine a myth like Santa Claus; but this is an … Continue reading

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An 1876 Valentine Rejection

And we think Valentine’s Day is too commercialized… JOHN’S VALENTINE–It was the evening of Valentine day when he called on her, and she stuck her head out of the door as he knocked, and sobbed, “If you had sent me … Continue reading

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New Hampshire’s Santa Claus of 1863

Santa Claus Here comes Santa Claus, with fur-trimmed coat and cap, and beard of icicles! Many a mile he has traveled this Christmas Eve, and many a toy-shop emptied, and father and mother consulted for the children’s sake. How splendid … Continue reading

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Christmas Doings – Portsmouth NH of 1876

Christmas passes off very quietly here. The break of day was ushered in by the English carolers, who favored the waking residents with their music, while the Kearsarge Fife and Drum Band serenaded many citizens with some equally choice music. … Continue reading

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“Thanksgiving in the Olden Time”: An 1876 Sermon Published in the New Hampshire Sentinel

Anybody born out of New England cannot have the true flavor of New England in his mouth, and it is to the happy saints, born in New England, that I address myself this morning, not forbidding others to catch the … Continue reading

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