EXETER — Join the Exeter Historical Society at 47 Front Street, Exeter, on Wed., November 3, at 7:30 p.m. (with refreshments at 7:00 p.m.), for "Our National Thanksgiving: With Thanks to President Lincoln & Mrs. Hale" by Steve and Sharon Wood of Claremont. The Woods will portray our 16th president and the editor of the popular 19th century magazine, Godey's Lady's Book, who was born in Newport. Together they will tell the story of Sarah Josepha Hale's thirty-year campaign to have Thanksgiving declared a national holiday. Her efforts were successful when Lincoln signed his Thanksgiving Proclamation in 1863. This program is sponsored by the New Hampshire Humanities Council and is free and open to the public.

The Woods are historical presenters specializing in 19th century American history. Steve has been a Lincoln presenter since 1995 and has presented his program, "A Visit with Abraham Lincoln", for schools, libraries, historical societies and community events. In addition to portraying Mary Todd Lincoln, Sharon also offers several other first person historical programs set in the same time period. She has done considerable research on Sarah Hale, who is generally remembered more for her children's poem, "Mary's Lamb", and her lifelong campaign for a Thanksgiving holiday, than for the influence she had on American culture through her widely-read magazine.

After the program, the Woods will step out of character and answer audience questions. More information can be found at http://his-story.atspace.com, or by contacting Laura Martin Gowing, program manager, at the Exeter Historical Society at 603-778-2335 or info@exeterhistory.org.

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