Programs & Events

Hollis Historical Society
2000-2001  Program

No Admission Fee – Guests Welcome – Mark your Calendars

All programs held at 8 o’clock in the evening on the third Thursday of the month in the Community Room at the Hollis Town Hall

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October 19,2000 8 PM
Elaine McCartney, Hollis, NH
Community Room, Hollis Town HallA collection by Elaine McCartney, a local resident, of old beaded purses that she has been collecting since she was a small child. Elaine will also be our featured speaker at the October meeting of the Hollis Historical Society
In conjunction with the exhibit at the “Always Ready” Engine House

November 16, 2000 8 PM 
Captain (retired) Lawrence Douglas, Bristol, NH
Community Room, Hollis Town Hall
This program provided by the New Hampshire Humanities Council

Dr Lawrence H. Douglas is a native of Watertown, New York. He received his B.S. from the State university of New York at Oswego and his Ph.D. from Syracuse University. He has extensive experience in education having taught elementary through graduate level classes.

Professor Douglas has held positions at Syracuse University, The University of Rochester and Nazareth Collage of Rochester. He recently retired from Plymouth State Collage where he was Associate Dean and Professor of American History

In Addition to his work as an historian, Dr. Douglas has also taught graduate courses in Business and public Administration and has served as a management consultant. His area of expertise are organizational development and leadership.

A Captain (Retired) in the U.S. Naval Reserve.  Professor Douglas served on submarines and as an electronics technician in the 1950’s and was recalled to active duty as an historian during the Persian Gulf War. While on active duty, he served as General Schwarzkopf’s Acting Command historian at McDill Air Force base, Florida and in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He retired from the Naval Reserve in 1991 upon completion of 39 years of service.

Dr. Douglas currently works as an independent scholar.

December 10 and 17, 2000
Christmas at the Wheeler House
The Hollis historical Society will celebrate “Christmas at the Wheeler House” on Sunday December 10 and December 10 from 1:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. The house will be decorated for the holidays; exhibits include old toys and games and a Christmas tree. Afterwards, visitors are invited to stroll around monument square to enjoy the beauty of the center of Hollis.
The Ruth E. Wheeler House  is one of the two museums run by the Hollis Historical Society.

January 24, 2001 7:00 PM
A Joyful Noise, Sounding Brass and Tinkling Cymbal

The Hollis Historical Society, with a grant from the New Hampshire Humanities Council, is presenting David Proper of Keene, speaking on “A Joyful Noise, Sounding Brass and Tinkling Cimbal”.  Mr. Proper is a retired, independent scholar who holds an MA from the      University of Massachusetts. He has written several articles and essays on New England  history and folklife.

His presentation will describe the history of New England town bands and their evolution to the street jazz bands of New Orleans.  From the close of the Civil War to the era of World War I, the brass band was a significant cultural institution. For country folk, the town band and church choir were the only exposure to live music. Talented musicians and bandmasters contributed a rich heritage of music, especially in the American genre of the military march. And the brass band fostered the development of professional traveling bands such as Sousa’s and gave birth to the street jazz bands of New Orleans, Chicago and New York in the swing era.

Mr. Proper’s talk will be preceded by a 30 minute concert by the Hollis Town Band, led  by David Bailey.  The Hollis Town Band has been in existence for about 140 years, having some more active periods than others.  It performs several concerts every year, including performances at Christmas and the Hollis Strawberry Festival.

It will be followed by a performance by the Hollis/Brookline High School Honors Jazz Band, conducted by Mr. Rod Ferland.  In Ronald Schellenberg’s history of the Hollis Town Band, he tells of the efforts of members of the Band to create the High School Jazz Band, which has existed since before 1976.

This presentation and concert will be held on Wednesday, January 24 and will begin at 7:00 pm in the Hollis/Brookline High School Auditorium on Main Street (Route 122) in Hollis. Admission is free and all are welcome.  The entrance is at the back of the school.

Thursday, March 22, 2001 8 PM Town Hall Community Room
Mr. John Mongan of Manchester will present “The History of Street Cars in New Hampshire” at the regular monthly meeting of the Hollis Historical Society.  Streetcars and trolleys were used in many American cities during the latter half of the 19th century and the first part of the 20th century.

Mr. Mongan, a former mayor of Manchester, has explored this subject for his entire life.  His father was a street car driver and he himself had the opportunity to drive the last streetcar in the state of New Hampshire.  He will present slides and a talk about this fascinating subject.

Horse-drawn trolleys ran from 1885 to 1894, when electric trolleys were introduced.

April 19, 2001 8 PM 

George Comtois, Executive Director, Lexington Historical Society
Community Room, Hollis Town Hall
George Comtois, independent scholar, explores the founding and development of the Amoskeag Manufacturing Company and its impact on the lives of local textile workers. Mr.. Comtois will examine the life of the community within the context of education, religion, recreation, family and work relationships, and the financial evolution and dissolution of the Amoskeag Manufacturing Company.
This program provided by the New Hampshire Humanities Council

May 18, 2000
Potluck Supper  at 7 pm Faith Baptist Church, Wheeler Rd.
Annual Meeting & Potluck Supper

Program begins at 8 PM
Thomas Burack, Esq.

For supper reservations please call Lydia Schellenberg at 465-2495 or 
Pete Lewis 465-2810 by Monday May 14, 2001.

Guests are Welcome at all Meetings.