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New Hampshire Celebration: John Stark Day

Today (April 25) is John Stark Day in New Hampshire

Thank you to Tom Hogan of Ninth State, … Continue reading

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Concord New Hampshire’s State House – Celebrating 195 Years

Prior to the American Revolution, Portsmouth was the undoubted “capital” of New Hampshire. In 1778 New Hampshire's first Constitutional Convention … Continue reading

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Who Stole New Hampshire’s ‘Live Free or Die’ Hard?

General John Stark is rolling over in his grave….  at least I imagine he is.  The last time … Continue reading

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Manchester New Hampshire’s Statue of John Stark

Richard Recchia, a sculptor whose works were exhibited in more than a dozen museums around the country

created the statue … Continue reading

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New Hampshire’s Burnap "Leghorn Bonnets"

A sample bonnet from the 18th century found in Connecticut. Note: this is not a photograph of the bonnets made by the Burnap sisters. Samples of leghorn straw bonnets can be found HERE.

According to the Merrimack NH town history, presented at the Bicentennial celebration in 1946 (written by my grandmother, Mattie Kilborn Webster): “The Burnap sisters, daughters of Merrimack, New Hampshire’s first minister [Jacob Burnap], had other ideas of a woman’s usefulness. It is claimed that in this Town [Merrimack] they invented the making of “Leghorn hats” or bonnets, as they were called. Continue reading

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