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History brings people together

The Gilford Historical Society and the Bicentennial Committee would like to thank all the people of the Lakes Region who came to see living history during our Civil War Day on July 7. Events were held at both the Village Field and at the 1834 Meetinghouse. We found it encouraging that so many people came, not only from Gilford and the Lakes Region, but also from other areas.

We would like to give a special thanks to a number of volunteers. We thank Dan Meeham and his other three volunteers from Company A, 12th N.H. Infantry Regiment who set up a recruiting camp and spent most of the day demonstrating how soldiers lived in camp and for their willingness to discuss, explain and answer questions from interested viewers. We also give special thanks to Sarah and Dean Anderson; they were very willing to spend four hours in the gazebo with the old-fashioned wooden toys and we were pleased that so many stopped by and enjoyed playing with them. It is always nice when young people such as Sarah and Dean are willing to help the historical society; they are the youth of today who will preserve our heritage for future generations.

Thanks also to Rosemary and Fred Kacprzynski; Fred was our ‘’expert’’ in the military area in the Meetinghouse and Rosemary for helping sell Bicentennial items at the table by the Meetinghouse. Thanks also to those who stopped by and bought items to support the Bicentennial Celebration events that are being held throughout the year. The selling of the special T-shirts is our main fundraising activity, so stop by the welfare office if you’d like to buy one.

We thank the New Hamsphire Humanities Council and the Charles P. Pardoe Foundation for sponsoring the two programs in the Meetinghouse. Sharon Wood portrayed a Civil War soldier’s mother and Steve Wood portrayed President Lincoln (since the seats were full, many had to stand for his presentation). The Charles P. Pardoe Foundation also sponsored the 12th Regiment Serenade Band in the evening.

We thank Gilford’s own Carole Johnson for her presentation and sharing excerpts from her great-grandfather’s letters home during his time as a foot soldier during the Civil War. We also thank the Firefighters Relief Association for providing a tasty chicken barbecue, both at noon and at 5 p.m.

Last but not least, we thank the newspapers and the businesses that let us put up flyers/posters; they gave us such great support by letting people know about the special day.

I think the day was a great example of what happens when people came together to work, cooperate and create a special event that was free to all. All in all, Gilford is a great place to live and we are pleased that so many people are interested in learning about the past so they can appreciate the present more fully.



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