Four Centuries of Keeping Order in New Castle, a spirited talk on the New Castle Police Department from the 1600s to the present day, given by local historian Carol White and Police Chief Don White.
August 18, 2015
Shipwrecks in New Castle Ray Demers told of his 50 year quest to uncover the history of the shipwreck discovered in Hart's Cove in New Castle, considered one of the greatest archeological sites in NH.
July 21, 2015
Stephen Erickson gave a spirited program on his book, Boon Island: a True Story of Murder, Shipwreck and Cannibalism.
June 29, 2015
Food Historian, Sandy Oliver, author of Saltwater Foodways: New Englanders and Their Food spoke to a large and enthusiastic audience about colonial foods and food preparation. Delicious colonial appetizers were enjoyed in the beautiful Piscataqua Café. Guests had the opportunity to tour the Café and enjoy the view of the Gundalow and a large tanker passing on the river.
May 13, 2015
Old Tide Mills in New Castle
At the monthly Community Potluck Supper, John Goff from the Tidal Mills Institute, and our own Tabitha McElroy spoke about the former mills that were here in town in the Back Channel.
April 21, 2015
Bill Hall gave an interesting presentation on the life of his distant relative Hannibal Hamlin, 15th Vice President of the US, under Abraham Lincoln.
March 31, 2015
Paul Revere Travels to Portsmouth
Maude H. Trefethen students entertained an enthusiastic crowd with the tale of Paul Revere's Ride to Portsmouth, as well as other short tales.
October 21, 2014
Growing up in New Castle
Local residents Priscilla Hodgkins, Pam Cullen, Gary Sullivan, Chet Fessenden and Susan Bank reminisced about their childhood days in New Castle, skating, swimming at the Slide, their teachers and schools, the local police officers, and getting into mischief. A short annual meeting preceded the program.
September 28, 2014
Walbach Tower 200th Anniversary Celebration:
Townspeople celebrated the 200th anniversary of the building of Walbach Tower and the dedication of the new Walbach Tower Historic Marker located below the tower.
September 16, 2014
Murders on Smuttynose
J. Dennis Robinson whetted our appetite for his new book (soon to be published) on the 1873 murders on Smuttynose on the Isles of Shoals. This book will be the definitive answer to who is the murderer.
August 19, 2014
Past Fire Chiefs Reggie Whitehouse, Dick White, and Carl Roediger, and current Fire Chief Dave Blanding, presented a detailed history of our town fire department, along with a slide show by Fireman Bill Naugle.
July 29, 2014
Sharon Hanley Disher, U.S. Naval Academy graduate, former New Castle resident, and author of the book, "First Class" spoke movingly of her experiences as a member of the first class of women accepted to the US Naval Academy.
May 20, 2014
Walbach Tower Night
Jim Cerny enlightened the audience on the many depictions of Walbach Tower throughout the years, from paintings to photographs and postcards. Kathy Richards told of the long and adventurous life of Colonel John B. Walbach, and his part in the building of the tower.
April 2, 2014
"The Legend of Walbach Tower"
Readers Theater was performed by the 3rd & 4th grade students and directed by teacher Will Purcell of Maude Trefethen School. This was the start of our year long celebration of the 200th anniversary of the construction of Walbach Tower.
April 15, 2014
Jeffrey Bolster presented an informative and animated talk about his new book "The Mortal Sea, Fishing the Atlantic in the Age of Sail.
Here is a small sampling of the past programs and events of other years:
The Herbalist Garden and High Tea
-If teacups could talk, they would tell you the "High Tea" at the New Castle Historical Society Museum was a delightful experience for the 56 people in attendance. John Forti, Curator of Historical Landscapes at Strawbery Banke, entertained the crowd with his energetic talk on herbs and their medicinal qualities. The museum event was a huge success where friends shared a pot of tea, dainty sandwiches, luscious sweets and thoughtful conversations. (Sept. 2013)
"The History of Yacht Clubs in New Castle"
-Long time local sailor Edmund Tarbell regaled us with exciting and humorous tales of his sailing experiences on Piscataqua from the age of 13, including stories of sailing from Marblehead to Nova Scotia and Bermuda. He recounted a history of the various sailing clubs on the Piscataqua. (Aug. 2013)
Banjos, Bones & Ballads
-Renowned traditional musician Jeff Warner gave a riveting performance of folk songs of local and southern origin while playing the banjo, guitar, spoons, bones, concertina, and Ozark Harp. The many children in the audience had the opportunity to try out the instruments, and all enjoyed his historic photographs of folk musicians. (July 2013)
Raising the Dead
– I bet you didn’t know the little town of New Castle had so many different cemeteries, most in obscure locations, like backyards and near wetlands. Jim Cerny, cemetery board trustee, gave an exciting overview of some of the smaller cemeteries, their history and inhabitants. (April 2013)
The Castle: Stories of the Portsmouth Naval Prison
– Neil Novello, award winning video producer, shared videos and historical images of the Naval Prison to a standing room only audience. (April 2012)
Antique Appraisal Day
– Residents brought in artifacts from home to learn what Auctioneers/Appraisers Maureen Boyd and John McInnis could tell them about their history and value. (Oct. 2011)
Trolley Tour of New Castle
– Visitors boarded the red trolley at the Coast Guard Station and enjoyed a narrated tour of the island, learning interesting facts and stories about New Castle personalities and old homes in the village. (Sept. 2011)
Hanging of Ruth Blay, an Eighteenth-Century New Hampshire Tragedy
–Carolyn Marvin, Portsmouth Athenaeum librarian and former New Castle resident, investigates the cruel injustice perpetuated on the young schoolteacher, Ruth Blay, who was hanged in Portsmouth in 1768 for allegedly killing her newborn child who was later found to be stillborn. (June 2011)