Category Archives: Poetry

Poem: “The Song of a River” by Sam Walter Foss

I Hear my song of a river, Its calm and its strife; ‘Tis the song of a river, The song of a life. Afar amid benignant hills in caverns of deep shade, ‘Neath rippling arches of cool leaves, within a … Continue reading

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An 1872 Manchester NH South Grammar School Autograph Book

This leather-bound autograph book covers several years, from 1870-1874. The ink is quickly fading with age–the beautiful cursive script was written one hundred and forty-six (146) years ago. Each pen stroke is deliberate, created when the inkwell and quill, not … Continue reading

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New Hampshire Glossary: Gundalow

A Gundalow is a small boat, “a shallow drafted type of cargo barge,” built to be used on rivers and estuaries in the early days of New Hampshire and Maine history.  There are records showing they were also used on … Continue reading

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First Woman and Second Person Named New Hampshire Poet Laureate: Eleanor Winthrop Vinton (1899-1977)

At the age of eight years, Eleanor Winthrop Vinton moved with her family from her birthplace of Stoneham, Massachusetts to Concord, New Hampshire. Her father was an upholsterer by profession. She was a direct descendant of John Vinton of Lynn … Continue reading

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A 2015 New Hampshire Halloween

When you have been alive for longer than a half-century, you tend to have plenty of  memories. Halloween used to be one of my very favorite days.  But then I grew up in a time when celebrating that holiday was … Continue reading

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