Bartlett History Award

Kat Lawson (center) is the first recipiant of the Bartlett History Award which was presented by Jennifer Lord (left) and Phil Franklin on June 13, 2019, at the Josiah Bartlett Elementary School. (COURTESY PHOTO)

BARTLETT — A major part of the Bartlett Historical Society’s mission is to provide educational opportunities and offerings to the public to broaden their awareness of Bartlett and New Hampshire history.

Every year, the historical society hosts four presentations, open to the public, with speakers who are experts in their field.

Our 2020 lineup offers a great mix topics with statewide interest and local flavor.

The first presentation is titled “A History of the N.H. Presidential Primary” with N.H. Humanities speaker John Gfroerer.

This program will be held Wednesday, Jan. 15, at 7 p.m. in the Josiah Bartlett Elementary School cafeteria (where all of the presentations will be given, unless otherwise noted).

Gfroerer is a documentary producer and owner of Accompany, a video production company based at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord.

N.H. Humanities describes his presentation as a “brief history of the New Hampshire Presidential Primary, from its origins during the Progressive era of the early 20th century, through its evolution to the most important step toward being elected president of the United States.”

The public is welcome to attend this presentation, as they are to all Bartlett Historical Society talks in the series. A donation will be asked at the door to offset the cost of the presentation.

Other programs in the 2020 presentation series include:

• April 15: “The Story of New Hampshire’s Road Markers” with Michael Bruno.

Throughout our state, including right here in Bartlett, there are green markers with white lettering noting historic sites along our roadsides.

Bruno, of Bethlehem, will give us the background on these markers and enlighten us with some of the more unusual ones.

• June 17: “The Role of the U.S. Forest Service in the White Mountains” with Clare Long.

We are surrounded by national forest land and we see the U.S. Forest Service vehicles and staff throughout the area.

Long will talk about the role of the Forest Service in our community and national forest.

• Oct. 21: “A Century of Railroading in Crawford Notch” with Ben English.

From the 1860s to the late 1950s, the railroads played a major role in the growth and vitality of the area. English, a railroad historian and historical society member, will tell us about the rise and fall of the railroads in our area. This presentation coincides with the annual meeting of the historical society.

Meanwhile, the Bartlett Historical Society is again working with the eighth-grade class and faculty at the Josiah Bartlett Elementary School on a program titled the “Bartlett History Project.”

This project is designed to increase the eighth-graders’ awareness of the richness of our local Bartlett history.

Each student in the program selects a Bartlett history topic, researches the topic and creates a year-end presentation on their subject. The student who best meets the criteria of the assignment is awarded the “Bartlett History Award” at the school’s eighth-grade celebration at the close of the school year.

For more on the Bartlett Historical Society, go to bartletthistory.net.

The 2019 award was presented to Kat Lawson for her work on the “History of Maple Sugaring in Bartlett.”

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