History Alive 2022 – Press release

Hillsboro’s annual History Alive Weekend will expand to three sites to celebrate the town’s 250th, on a theme of Travelling through 250 years.

In the historic village of Hillsborough Center, we will have a theme of Travelling through 250 years. There will be speakers on the Underground Railroads of NH, on the History of Roads of NH, and on Abenaki Technology of 13,000 years.  Rides will be given in a horse and carriage around the Center. Listen to musicians play/sing music of the past 250 years, from classical to folk to jazz. Learn how to build a stonewall, watch a blacksmith, make brooms, create stencils, weave, and spin. Many activities are geared just for children.

Enjoy the drama of Fire in the Belfry, (solving the mystery of why the town hall burned years ago? Take part in a cake walk, and finish on Sunday with a parade led by an antique bone shaker bicycle.

Next to one of the double stone arch bridges that are famous in our town.

The usual reenactment of four wars will take place, along with gold panning for kids.

This year there will be several new additions at this Jones Road site.

  In the large tent, we will have a silent auction that runs all of Saturday. (Hillsboro used to be known for its antique auctioneers.) The results of the silent auction will be announced at 5 PM that evening.

   Marek Bennett will lead a workshop on Comics and Cartoon form of illustrating history. He has written three comic books based on the diary of Colby Freeman of Henniker who served in the Civil War. Come enjoy making comics yourself.

   At 3:30 PM the first day of History Alive will end with a square dance called by Susan Hunt accompanied by two New Hampshire musicians. She is known for helping all ages enjoy dancing.

    There also will be new vendors/exhibits of Civil War quilts, and cooking demos of sutlers who accompanied the soldiers.

At the new Kemo Park Site, history will come alive by the Contoocook River that runs through our town. Abenaki artisans will demonstrate making birchbark canoes, baskets, and pottery, as well as the history of how they used the river. Also, they will share about the native plants they taught the early settlers to use for medicine, food, and dye. Railroad buffs will share their stories and photos of the railroads of NH, especially the unique features of Hillsboro’s line. Old timers will share stories of working at the woolen mills. You can volunteer to help play a vintage baseball game according to 1864 rules. Each day will start with Abenaki drumming.

 Check out the website at: www.historyalivenh.org for details.

A great event for all families and people of any age to end the summer.

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