Squam Speaker Series: The Cultural Landscape – A Museum of Local History

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Our Squam Speaker Series is usually held once a month on Wednesday evenings but this month we have two speakers both focused on history. Join us for the second talk this month, on Wednesday August 14th. Have you ever wondered about the old cellar holes and stonewalls that crisscross the Squam Lakes Region? Local architectural historian and preservation consultant (and former SLA employee), Mae Williams, will discuss how man-made features throughout our local landscape that were left by our predecessors can still be seen today.  Once we know a little bit more about the context of our local history, and do some basic historical research, these features come alive, helping to tell the story of our rich local history.  Using the example of the nearby Page Pond Community Forest in Meredith, Mae will discuss a range of feature types, including an intriguing 1830’s mill site. These features can be seen throughout the region and state, and many of the concepts covered can be applied in other properties and communities.

About the Speaker:

Mae has a Bachelor of Arts in Medieval Art History form Bard College and a Master of Arts in Historic preservation from Plymouth State University.  A New Hampshire native, she spent several years working in the curatorial department at Canterbury Shaker Village and at the Squam Lakes Association while attending Plymouth State.  After receiving her secondary degree, she found a way to combine her loves of history, architecture and environmental conservation in a career in historic preservation.  In 2014, she opened her own business as an independent historic preservation consultant and architectural historian and works out of an office in Center Harbor.  She travels all across New Hampshire, studying individual properties, villages, and towns to develop property/area histories, assist with local planning initiatives, and partners with others to help develop rehabilitation plans 

This program is free and open to the public. Donations are welcome and will support the SLA's mission "to conserve for public benefit the natural beauty, peaceful character and resources of the watershed."

SLA is located at 534 US Rt. 3 in Holderness. Click Here for a Google Map

Click here to learn more about the August 1st speaker. Martha Cummings will present "NH Boat History"