FREEDOM — Freedom Historical Society will be presenting guest speaker Gordon DuBois will present “Hiking Historical New Hampshire: Five Destinations that Define New Hampshire’s Past” on Wednesday, June 19, at 7 p.m. at Freedom Town Hall on Elm Street in Freedom.

Most hiking destinations have a story to tell. Some in particular have an unusual, fascinating tale and a few tell significant aspects of New Hampshire’s past. They convey the unique character of the Granite State.

DuBois, local hiker and journalist for The Laconia Daily Sun, will take presentation attendees on five virtual hikes to places that have played a predominant part in the history of our state.

In some respects, this history has been lost with demographic and economic changes over the past hundred years. This program will bring you in touch with New Hampshire’s history, through photographs and stories from the trails that lead to the New Hampshire of yesterday.

Virtual hikes and their historical significance to be explored at the presentation will include visits to Mount Whittier, an abandoned ski area in Ossipee; Waternomee Mountain located just outside Lincoln; Redstone Quarry, Conway – one of the largest abandoned granite quarries in New England; Livermore Village in Crawford Notch; and Lime Kilns of Black Mountain.

Those attending DuBois' presentation will hear interesting stories and also learn the fascinating historical significance of each location explored.

DuBois has lectured throughout the state of his hiking exploits. He has hiked the Appalachian Trail (2,285 miles), Long Trail in Vermont, the international Appalachian Trail in Quebec, Canada, Cohos Trail in northern New Hampshire and the John Muir Trail in California. He has summited New Hampshire’s 200 highest peaks, the Northeast 111 highest peaks, the Trail Wright’s 72, 4,000 footers, the Adirondack 76 highest peaks and the New England 100 Highest in winter.

The program is free and is open to the public. Refreshments will be served following the presentation.

Call (603) 539-5799 for additional information.

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