BRENTWOOD - Many observances of the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg are taking place across the country this year. The Brentwood Historical Society will present two fall programs in recognition of this anniversary.
On Thurs., September 12, Jere Daniell, a well-known speaker on New Hampshire history, will talk, not about Civil War battles, but about town life and town actions during the war, such as rewarding men who enlisted, methods used to avoid enlisting, organizing aid to the soldiers, keeping farms and businesses going with fewer men. Life at home and in the towns is not so often considered in our studies of this tremendous conflict. The program, “New Hampshire Towns and the Civil War,” will take place at 7:00 p.m., at the Brentwood Historical Society Museum, 140 Crawley Falls Road. It is made possible through a grant from the New Hampshire Humanities Council, and is free and open to all.
The second program will take place at the Museum on Thurs., October 10, at 7:00 p.m. Albert Edward “Skip” Belanger, a Brentwood resident, retired teacher and history buff, will present an absorbing account of the Battle of Gettysburg, using a recorded old radio program, “You Are There,” that includes fictitious “live” reports by press correspondents and interviews with Union and Confederate soldiers as broadcast from the battlefield during the combat. He will help the audience follow the action on a large wall map. Mr. Belanger’s discussion and recitation of Lincoln’s Gettsyburg Address has been an important feature of Brentwood’s Memorial Day Ceremonies for many years.
After each program, there will be time for refreshments and conversation with the speakers. For more information please call Alma Vahey, president, 679-8635, or visit the Historical Society website at www.brentwoodnhhistory.org.