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History and Culture Day for Lakes Region Leadership Group

  • Leadership Lakes Region graduates and presenters John Beland (left) and Pat Tierney (right) join current class members Mark Cote and Kate Luczko at History and Culture Day. Courtesy of Don Morrissey


Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Leadership Lakes Region, the nonprofit leadership experience, held its annual History and Culture Day recently. The full day’s activities included a tour of the Wright Museum in Wolfeboro, the Lakeport Freight House Museum, a leadership discussion using leadership styles from the movies at Laconia Public Library, the history of Laconia’s Motorcycle Week and a presentation on the history and work of the Laconia Historical and Museum Society. The jam-packed day was capped off with a narrated tour of the Colonial Theater Renovation project led by Leadership Lakes graduate, Jared Guilmett.

The group enjoyed a delicious luncheon generously provided by Cactus Jack’s restaurant of Laconia. Speakers during the day included Wolfeboro Chamber Director Mary DeVries, Historical Director Louise Horsken and Wright Museum Director, Dr. Michael Culver.

Members of the board at the Lakeport Freight House Museum regaled the group with anecdotal stories of the importance of Lakeport to the history and economic foundation of the greater Lakes Region. Numerous artifacts and personal memorabilia were on display and one Leadership Lakes attendee was heard to describe the Museum as “a hidden gem of the Lakes Region.”

Several class members purchased 2019 historical calendars at the Freight house in support of the Museum’s fundraising program. John Beland, graduate and board member of Leadership Lakes, then conducted a class discussion of the leadership style demonstrated by the actors in the movie Gettysburg. Beland’s presentation followed words of welcome to the Laconia Library from Director Randy Brough.

Next up on the agenda was Jennifer Anderson, Director of the Laconia Motorcycle Association, who traced not only the history of Bike Week but the economic impact of the event as well as the challenges as more and more recreational motorcycle events are scheduled around the country. Jennifer was followed by the Executive Director of the Laconia Historical and Museum Society, Pat Tierney, who detailed the ongoing efforts of his group to preserve the history of Laconia and the region.

A short walk followed to the Colonial Theater where

Guilmett conducted the tour assisted by colleague Rob Turpin of the firm Misiaszek, Turpin LLC and Belknap Economic Development Council Director Justin Slattery.

In addition to Guilmett and Beland, Tierney and Slattery are also Leadership Lakes Region graduates. The entire day was planned and organized by Leadership Lakes Program Coordinator Jennifer McLean and a team of 2018 graduates Kristy Badger, Nate Hanson, Mike Sitar and Willow Furey.