STRATHAM — The Stratham Historical Society will open its 2021-22 program season with a presentation on the “Underground Railroad in New Hampshire” on Mon., September 13, at 7:00 p.m. The program is jointly presented with The Wiggin Memorial Library. Author Michelle Arnosky Sherburne will speak about her book, “Slavery and the Underground Railroad in New Hampshire”. While our state had its struggles with slavery, as Portsmouth was a slave-trade hub for New England, did you know that New Hampshire was once a hotbed of abolitionist activity?

William Lloyd Garrison, Nathaniel Peabody Rogers and Stephen Symonds Foster, all abolitionists, helped create a statewide antislavery movement. Abolitionists and freed slaves assisted in transporting escapees to freedom via the Underground Railroad. Author Sherburne spent 25 plus years researching Vermont and New Hampshire’s Underground Railroad network and learning about the Abolitionist Movement.

Michelle Arnosky Sherburne started working in a weekly newspaper immediately after graduating high school, in the business for over thirty years, she is now the production and marketing manager at the Journal Opinion, Bradford, VT.

She has freelanced for magazines and newspapers since the 1990s, finding history is her strength. Michelle has been married for thirty years, she and her husband live in Newbury and they have a son in the restaurant business. She is the daughter of nationally known children’s book author Jim Arnosky and grew up in the publishing field.

The program will be held at the Morgera Meeting Room, Stratham Firehouse, 4 Winnicutt Road (corner of Winnicutt and Portsmouth Avenue), Stratham. A meeting of The Stratham Historical Society members will take place at 6:30 p.m., with the program following at 7:00 p.m.

Please plan on joining on Mon., September 13, as they kick off their new season, in person, after more than fifteen months of COVID-19 restrictions. Any changes to the program will be posted on Wiggin Memorial Library’s website, under “Events Calendar” or check the Stratham Historical Society’s Facebook page. The program is free and open to the public.

 

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