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On Monday, Jan. 14, the Stratham Historical Society and the Wiggin Memorial Library will present “The James Homestead of Hampton, NH” in the Community Room at The Stratham Fire Department, 4 Winnicutt Road, Stratham. The presenter, Skip Webb, will conduct two 30-minute programs while dressed in 1723 attire. The first program is titled “The James Homestead,” with information on the James House construction, its surrounding property, its history and why the homestead is a National Historic Site. The other is “An l8th Century Farmer” depicting the life of Benjamin James, from his time as a weaver and farmer in Newbury, Mass., and including his marriage to Susanna Smith in 1702. It continues with the purchase of the James property in Hampton in 1705, building the James House in 1723 and what farm life was like in the mid 1700s. The program begins at 7 p.m., with a business meeting of the Stratham Historical Society preceding it at 6:30 p.m. The presentation is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call 603-772-4346 or visit library.strathamnh.gov

 

Join the chorus

Rockingham Choral Society is welcoming new and returning singers for its spring concert. There will be open rehearsals Jan. 15 and Jan. 22 at the Cooperative Middle School, 100 Academic Way, Stratham, and all are welcome. Regular rehearsals are held Tuesday evenings. Auditions for membership are required but no preparation is needed. The major work for this concert will be Les Sept Paroles du Christ en Croix by Ceasar Franck. Dues are affordable and are waived for high school and college students. Find us on Facebook or visit rockinghamchoralsociety.org

 

Peaceful day

Normally the Children’s Museum of NH is closed on Mondays, but it will be open Jan. 21 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Junior Day with activities that emphasize peace. Make a peace dove, create your own peace sign and explore your own dreams. There will also be readings of MLK stories, as well as stories about peace, throughout the day. This program is free with museum admission. Visit childrens-museum.org

 

NHAA showcase

The New Hampshire Art Association presents its New Member Exhibit at the Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery East Gallery (136 State St., Portsmouth) through Jan. 27, with an opening reception on Saturday, Jan. 12, from 3 to 5 p.m. The exhibit highlights the work in a variety of styles and media by more than 30 artists who were juried into the organization in 2018. “This 78-year-old organization continues to regenerate its membership and offers visitors the most expansive selection of art in Portsmouth,” Carol Reynolds, gallery manager, said in a press release. “We invite the public to see this exhibit and meet the new members at the opening reception.” Call 224-2508 or visit nhartassociation.org

 

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