Meetings and Programs

All programs are jointly held by the Stratham Historical Society with the Wiggin Memorial Library. They are free and they are open to the public unless indicated. 
In-Person Programs resume Monday, September 13! See below for safety precautions.

Mon. Sept. 13, 7:00 pm
Stratham Firehouse Morgera Room
Slavery & the Underground Railroad in New Hampshire

AuthorNew Hampshire had its struggles with slavery as Portsmouth was a slave-trade hub for New England.  Did you know that New Hampshire was once a hotbed of abolitionist activity?  The Stratham Historical Society and Wiggin Memorial Library welcome Author Michelle Arnosky Sherburne who shares the truth from her book Slavery & the Underground Railroad in New Hampshire.  Abolitionists such as William Lloyd Garrison, Nathaniel Peabody Rogers and Stephen Symonds Foster helped create a statewide antislavery movement. Abolitionists and freed slaves assisted in transporting escapees to freedom via the Underground Railroad.  Our presenter Ms. Sherburne has spent over 25 years researching Vermont and New Hampshire’s Underground Railroad network and learning about the Abolitionist Movement.  She currently has four books on the shelves related to this noteworthy topic.

Sun. Oct. 17, 1:00 pm-3:00 pm
Stratham Firehouse Morgera Room
Annual Appraisal Day

The annual Stratham Historical Society "Antiques Roadshow" Appraisal Day returns with appraisals conducted by Dan Olmstead of Daniel Olmstead Antiques in Newfields and Greg Pruitt and Greg Loveless of Collector's Eye in Stratham and Route 1 Antiques in Hampton Falls.

Mon. Nov. 8, 7:00 pm
Stratham Firehouse Morgera Room
Tales of the 10th: The Mountain Troops & American Skiing

Jeff Leich has been the Executive Director of the New England Ski Museum in Franconia since 1997, and he is the editor of the New England Ski Museum Journal.  Jeff visits courtesy of the Stratham Historical Society and the Wiggin Memorial library to present “Tales of the 10th: The Mountain Troops & American Skiing”.

***Safety Precautions: In-person programs are planned subject to reasonable conditions for safety in gathering of attendees and agreement of presenters.  Mask wearing is encouraged for all attendees.  Complimentary masks will be available if needed.  Plexiglass shields will be used to safeguard guests and appraisers on Appraisal Day.  Hand sanitizer will also be available on Appraisal Day.