STRATHAM —On Mon., January 8 at 7:00 p.m., The Stratham Historical Society and Stratham’s Wiggin Memorial Library will jointly sponsor a program presented by Dr. David ” Lou” Ferland, Retired Portsmouth Police Chief, titled “Booze, Brothels and Badges.”

This presentation recaps Portsmouth’s crime and justice from the first courts to today’s Police Department and how it is viewed. Dr. Ferland’s historically themed presentations are always colorful and entertaining. Prior to retiring, Dr. Ferland served on the Portsmouth Police force for thirty years. He acquired his doctoral degree from Franklin Pierce University: his dissertation focused on crime, punishment and the history of the Portsmouth Police Department. He is the author of “Historic Crimes and Justice in Portsmouth.

The program will be held at the Stratham Fire Department, Morgera Community Room, which is located at 4 Winnicutt Road, (corner of Portsmouth Avenue and Winnicutt Road). A business meeting for the Historical Society members will be held at 6:30 p.m. The presentation, scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m., is free and open to the public. There is ample parking and light refreshments will be served.

Snow date will be Mon., January 15.

Any questions, please contact Trisha or Pam at Wiggin Memorial Library, 603-772-4346, or visit



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