CarriageTowneNews.com, Kingston, NH

August 29, 2013

NH State Dog

By Janet Eagleson
Carriage Towne News

---- — HAMPSTEAD - Did you know that New Hampshire has a state dog? Do you know what breed it is? Come to the first free Friends of the Library program on Tues., September 10, to learn about the colorful history of the Chinook, our very own state dog.

Admittedly, the Chinook isn’t recognized by the American Kennel Club yet, but it is a breed developed by Arthur Walden here in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. It was first developed as a sled dog when the sport of dog sledding became popular. But its major importance is in the role played by Chinook dogs in polar explorations where the dogs won out over machines in pulling supplies and men across the snows.

Bob Cottrell of Chocorua, is a museum consultant and historian who will relate the history of the Chinook. He holds an MA degree from the Winterthur Program in Early American Culture in Delaware and has many years experience in curating historical museums and associations in the Conway area.

Please plan to join the Friends of the Library on September 10th, at 7:00 p.m., at the Hampstead Public Library. Refreshments will be available. A meeting of the Friends will follow the presentation which is made possible thanks to funding from the New Hampshire Humanities Council. As with all Friends of the Library programs, “Harnessing History: On the Trail of New Hampshire’s State Dog, the Chinook, is free and open to the public.

THRIFT SHOP SALE AND CLOSING - The Hollyhock Thrift Shop’s half price sale continues until Sat., August 31. Now is the time to pick up unbelievable bargains for the end of summer and the beginning of next summer. Everything must go! Following the sale, the shop will be closed until Tues., September 17, for restocking.

Donations of good quality, clean, wearable fall and winter clothing may be brought to the library after Labor Day when the restocking will begin. Please don’t overload your bags of donated clothing. It’s hard for the volunteers who staff the shop to handle bags that are too heavy. The Thrift Shop sells men’s, women’s and children’s clothing that is of good quality, clean and in good repair. The volunteers can’t launder, clean, or mend clothing for sale.

All proceeds from the Thrift Shop go to help support the library in a variety of ways that fall outside the budget supplied by the town. It is the primary fund-raiser of the organization.