Pierce Manse opens for tours

Published: 6/12/2019 2:15:07 PM
ConcordPierce Manse opens for tours

The Pierce Manse, the historic Concord home of New Hampshire’s only U.S. President, Franklin Pierce, will be open Tuesday through Saturday, June 18 to Aug. 31 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for guided tours and will continue Friday and Saturdays from Sept. 6 through Oct. 12 from noon to 3 p.m. Franklin Pierce was President of the United States from 1853 to 1857 and is the only New Hampshire resident to be elected to the country’s highest office. Son of Revolutionary War veteran and New Hampshire Governor Benjamin Pierce, Franklin Pierce was born in Hillsborough, Programs typically occur on the fourth Thursday of each month from March through October and are open to the public. To view the complete 2019 program calendar online, please visit piercemanse.org. The Pierce Manse is located at 14 Horseshoe Pond Lane in Concord.

TiltonStudents present flags to veterans

Students and teachers from Gilford High School will return to the New Hampshire Veterans Home for another year on Friday, June 14 to donate another batch of ceremonial American flag presentation cases to the Home. This year is a very special one, with their visit coinciding with Flag Day. The cases are produced as part of a special joint project during the school year by GHS business teacher Steve O’Riordan and technology and engineering teacher Dan Caron, who first stepped up in 2015 after finding out the Home’s previous supplier had stopped providing the triangular polished wood cases that are used to hold a ceremonially folded flag at veterans’ funerals. O’Riordan’s business students do the fund-raising and Caron’s classes build the boxes, with a little adult help. The plan is to deliver more than 60 of the unfinished cases to the Home. Over the course of the year, NHVH residents will sand and stain them during activity periods. The Home provides cases free of charge to the families of deceased residents. Officers of the Home’s resident council and Margaret “Peggy” LaBrecque, the Home’s commandant, will be on hand to receive them on behalf of the residents during a Flag Day ceremony celebrating the “birthday” of the American Flag, which was adopted by the Second Continental Congress in 1777. For directions, please visit the NHVH website at nh.gov/veterans.

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