STRATHAM - Celebrating the survival of Stratham’s four one-room schools from the nineteenth century, the Heritage Commission is hosting a free program on Fri., February 21, at 7:00 p.m., in the Morgera Community Room at the fire station on Winnicutt Road. The evening will feature Steve Taylor, a vibrant speaker and renowned storyteller who served for 25 years as New Hampshire Commissioner of Agriculture, Markets & Food. Taylor’s presentation, “New Hampshire’s One-Room Rural Schools: The Romance and the Reality,” explores the history of these little schools that faced many of the problems that challenge us today. Mr. Taylor’s appearance is supported by a grant from the New Hampshire Humanities Council through its popular “Humanities to Go” program.
The evening will also include reminiscences from those who remember attending Stratham’s one-room schools. Not surprisingly, many of those tales involve hijinks. From her years attending the Ridge School on Portsmouth Avenue Florence Wiggin has a vivid memory of the day one daredevil climbed up on the wood stacked outside the boy’s privy at the rear of the building and hoisted himself up into the attic. Creeping along the rafters above the classroom, he slipped and his knickers-clad legs plunged through the plaster ceiling and dangled over the heads of the delighted students below.
For more information, contact Janet Johnson at 475-1059 or firstname.lastname@example.org.