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Ireland’s Great Famine in Irish-American History: Fateful Memory, Indelible…

Please note:  Registration / RSVP is REQUIRED, as the presentation is limited to the first 100 registrants.

Multiple attendees are encouraged to participate from a device to ensure everyone who wishes can join.

After providing your Email address, you will receive a Ticket/Passcode to Join the presentation.


This talk, presented via Zoom meeting, is  on Ireland’s Great Famine in Irish-American History: Fateful Memory, Indelible Legacy. It will be presented by Mary Kelly Dr. Kelly from Franklin Pierce College. Drawing on material from her book, Ireland’s Great Famine in Irish-American History. Dr. Kelly will discuss the role of the famine in shaping Irish-American ethnic identity. Focusing on the long-term impact of the episode between the 1840s and 1990s, she explores the shadowed landscape of Famine legacy and its status in Irish-American culture today. Referencing contemporary press accounts and the writings of Famine survivors and their descendants, Dr. Kelly shows how interrogating Famine memory enables the Irish on both sides of the Atlantic to deal with the material and emotional inheritance of this tragic experience.

However, due to Covid pandemic, this one will be begin at 7PM on Wednesday 26th August via zoom with the help of Hillsborough Historical Society instead of on History Alive Day.    If you can’t come join us on the 16th August, then join us in this special talk later this month.

Virtual seating for the presentation will begin at 6:30 pm to ensure a timely start to the event.



Hear ye!  Hear ye, one and all!

To Hillsborough businesses, residents, schools, committees and interested parties:

Something Big is Coming Up!

In two years, Hillsborough will observe a big birthday. The year 2022 will be the 250th anniversary of the incorporation of our town in 1772. This definitely calls for a town-wide celebration, and it’s time to start planning.

We’ve had them before, but never like this one will be. This is a major town anniversary – we could call it the Semiquincentennial or the Sestercentennial, but whatever we call it – it marks 250 years.

The town, with help from the Hillsborough Historical Society (HHS), would like to plan a series of events and celebrations, complete with decorations, memorabilia and souvenirs, perhaps a parade and a pageant of our early days. It’s our chance to showcase everything our historic community has to offer. Everything from 1772, when a few bold men swung axes in one of the most northerly N.H. settlements, until today, when we’re nearly 6,000 strong.

To pull this off, we need your help.

Whatever your age or how long you’ve lived here, all your ideas and recollections are welcome. The HHS is already brainstorming. How can your business or club participate?  Could you write a play about life here in the earliest days of our republic? Could you organize a band or parade? Have you active neighbors? Could they pitch in? Does your child need community service hours for school?  Have you enjoyed things in other towns that could be included here? The possibilities are endless!

If you can join us in this endeavor, or know someone who may be interested, please contact Christina Chadwick at the Hillsborough Historical Society (603) 464-3637  or message to let Christina know you’re interested.

The town will be holding a planning meeting (using masks and social distancing)  to get started.  We can ALL use something to look forward to these days, so make a list of ideas, and watch for more information.



Free – History Alive! – 2020



Sunday August 16    10-3pm    Come for one event or all of them!



A FREE event for local people  at Historic Hillsboro Center only

Everything will be outside, please wear masks, follow social distancing, bring your own

lawn chair or blanket.


Scheduled events:

10am-  Regular service outside old Methodist Church (masks required)


11am- Hymn singing outside Congregational Church (masks required)


12 am- Community picnic- bring your own basket of food/beverage, and favorite lawn chairs or blanket     (No food is being sold or chairs provided)


1pm-  NH Humanities speaker on I Barns of NH by John C. Potter outside largest barn Outside the barn


2pm- Irish music/other instrumental music by local musicians


3pm- Parade around the circle for those in costume (or in History Alive tee shirts) led by antique bicyclist


Events all day:

Several reenactors will have a tent and exhibit about life as a revolutionary soldier

Goats in stable

18th century tailoring and laundry,

Whittling spoons,

Other non-food vendors

Tours of Cemetery (masks required)

Tours of Lookout (masks required)

Walking tour of Hillsboro Center.


Looking forward to the opportunity to visit with neighbors and friends in Historic Hillsborough Center,

19 E Washington, Hillsborough