Thursday, December 11, 2014

Leach Library to Host “Historic New England Powder Houses”

On Thursday, January 15 at 7:00 p.m. the Leach Library will host author-historian Matthew Thomas as he explores forgotten landmarks of New England in his presentation “Historic New England Powder Houses”.

Matthew Thomas is author of Historic Powder Houses of New England: Arsenals of American Independence. He also founded the New England Historical Research Associates in 1978 and currently serves as president and curator of the Fremont New Hampshire Historical Society.

In this one hour slide-projector presentation, Mr. Thomas will review the turbulent history of colonial New England, home to more than two hundred powder houses that were built to store gunpowder, guns and armaments. The spark from even a single metal shoe nail could ignite the contents of these houses, thus they often were placed in remote areas far from the center of town. These volatile storehouses played a key role in the country’s fight to earn and preserve independence. 

This program is free and open to the public with seating limited to the first 90 individuals. It will be held in the library’s lower-level meeting room. Light refreshments will be served.

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