New Hampshire Feast of December 1852

Example of banquet from the 1850s. Generated with AI Art program by the  blog author.

What meals did our ancestors savor during the holidays? With winter celebrations approaching, a trip back to the 1850s could be fun and interesting. Continue reading

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Was AI (Artificial Intelligence) Made in New Hampshire?

Title: ‘Artificial Intelligence represented as a human computer in style of Pablo Picasso.’ AI Artwork created at NightCafe by the blog editor, Janice Brown

AI, or artificial intelligence, is much in the news these days.  AI is considered to be the field of computer science that studies how machines can perform tasks that require human intelligence–such as reasoning, learning, and problem-solving. Continue reading

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More Old New Hampshire News (1872)

As published in the Boston Evening Transcript of 6 July 1872
-Temperance reform clubs have been organized in Goshen, Newport, and Sunapee.
– The South Church in Concord hold their second preaching services in the evening.
– A man named John Downs of Rochester was recently poisoned by eating fresh mackerel Continue reading

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2022: On National Women’s History Month

Mary Webster with her mother Addie. Rare photo of them together as my mom often was the photographer not the subject. Colorized.

Every year since March 2006 I have written one or more blog articles about women during National Women’s History Month. This year is a little different, as I will write only one story, and provide a recap of hundreds of stories I have written about New Hampshire women from all walks of life, with a variety of talents.

When you and I examine our own lives, we will find that there will be at least one woman who had a great positive effect on us. It could be a mother, but it doesn’t have to be. Usually that person is not political, and not famous in any way. These are the women who need to be celebrated. Their qualities were astounding even if their accomplishments never appear in any newspaper or biographical compilation. Continue reading

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2022: Celebrating New Hampshire Black History Month

When Black History Month arrives some are”passive celebrators” as if we think we are not connected to this portion of shared history. New Hampshire has been home to Africans and African-Americans for more than 350 years. The Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire’s web site states that “the first known black person in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, came from the west coast of Africa in 1645…” [you can read the details at the Black Heritage Trail web site]. Continue reading

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