Meetings are held at the Madbury Town Hall at 7:00 PM
2013 Program Schedule
Religious Freedom - Then and Now
Speaker: Professor (Emeritus) Richard Hesse
A common myth is that this country was founded on religious freedom. A parallel myth
is that the government of this country was religiously based. Richard Hesse discusses how attitudes toward religion and government developed in the colonies prior to the framing of the Bill of Rights and then tracks
those developments to the modern era.
New Hampshire’s One-Room Rural Schools: The Romance
and the Reality
Speaker: Stephen Taylor
Hundreds of one-room schools were the
backbone of primary education for generations of children. They actually were beset with problems, some of which are little changed today, e.g. financing the local school and the vast differences between taxing
districts in their ability to support education. Other concerns: teacher preparation, quality, curriculum, discipline, student achievement and community involvement in the educational process. Steve Taylor explores
the lasting legacies of the one-room school and how they echo today.
Public Education: John Adams and the New Hampshire Constitution
Speaker: Associate Professor James Farrell
Much of the controversy over funding of public education in NH centers on a dispute about the word “cherish” in Article 83 in the NH Constitution. That article was taken from the MA Constitution drafted
by John Adams. The presentation will look at Adam’s political writings for his understanding of the connection between public education and republican government.
New Hampshire Cemeteries and Gravestones
Speaker: Glenn A. Knoblock
Rubbings, photographs, and slides illustrate the rich variety of gravestones to be found locally, but they also tell long-forgotten
stories of such historical events as the Great Awakening, the Throat Distemper epidemic and the American Revolution. Find out more about these deeply personal works of art and their craftsmen. Learn to read these
stone “pages” that give insight into the vast genealogical book of New Hampshire.