Gilmanton NH News

May 23, 2018


Gilmanton Memorial Day Observance

Submitted By American Legion Commander Morton E. Young

American Legion and Auxiliary President Raelyn Cottrell, Gilmanton, NH


The town of Gilmanton will once again celebrate Memorial Day on Sunday, May 27th. Ceremonies will begin at 10:30 a.m. with a service in the church on the grounds of historical Smith Meeting House, Meetinghouse Road in Gilmanton.   Immediately thereafter, there will be flag raising and commemorative ceremonies led by the American Legion, Ellis-Geddes-Levitt Post 102.   Please join us in honoring and remembering the military men and women who served in the armed forces.  


Each year the American Legion Auxiliary, Ellis-Geddes-Levitt, Unit 102 sponsors an essay contest for seventh grade students at the Gilmanton School.  The topic is “The Meaning of Memorial Day”.  The winner will read their essay at the ceremonies.  


The Gilmanton School Band will also provide the music and at the conclusion of the ceremonies a light luncheon will be offered in the school house courtesy of the American Legion Auxiliary. 


The red poppy worn at Memorial Day is an internationally recognized symbol of Remembrance of those who have died at war.  Members of the American Legion Auxiliary, Ellis-Geddes-Levitt Unit 102 will be offering poppies for a donation.  Monies received as a result of the sale of poppies are earmarked for the purpose of helping a veteran, military person or family.


On behalf of the American Legion, Ellis-Geddes-Levitt Post 102 and the American Legion Auxiliary, Ellis-Geddes-Levitt Unit 102 of Gilmanton, we hope you will be able to attend and look forward to seeing you there.



New England Quilts And The Stories They Tell

Join the Gilmanton Historical Society for a program on New England Quilts on Tuesday evening, May 29, at the Old Town Hall in Gilmanton Iron Works.


Quilts tell stories and New England quilts are full of heart warming tales of service and tradition. Pam Weeks weaves world history, women’s history, industrial history and wonderful stories into her presentation. Participants are invited to bring a quilt for identification and to share.


Social hour and refreshments begin at 7 pm and the program begins promptly at 7:30.  The Society’s museum, in the basement of Old Town Hall, will be open at 7 pm.


This is the first program of the Society’s 2018 summer series.  On June 26 Pat Clarke will reveal the history of Gilmanton’s First 100 Years.  John Dickey will lead a walking tour of Beech Grove Cemetery in Gilmanton Corners beginning at 6 pm on July 24th.  On August 28th John Dickey offers a program of Gilmanton post cards.  The final program, on September 25th, brings Steve Blunt performing as John Hutchinson with Songs and Stories of the Hutchinson Family Singers.


The Society’s Museum in Old Town Hall is open every 2nd and 4th Saturday morning, 10 am to noon, September through May.


The programs are free and open to the public.  Donations to support the work of the Society are always welcome.












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