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February Meeting

UPDATE: Guest Speaker: CANCELED – See below

Merrimack Historical Society Meeting

Agenda – February 20, 2024 – 6:00 PM – #3 Schoolhouse
10 Depot Street, Merrimack, NH 03054

6:00 PM Open Doors: Beverages and refreshments served Courtesy of Bess Parks
6:15 PM Pledge of Allegiance
6:17 PM President’s Address John Lastowka
6:30 PM Treasurer Report Larry Shower
6:35 PM The New MHS Store Larry Shower, Lynda Tomasian
6:40 PM The VP’s Tidbit Chuck Mower
6:45 PM Approval of January 16, 2024, meeting minutes.
6:55 PM Motion to adjourn business meeting.

7:00 PM Guest Speaker: David McNeil, Educator Hudson, NH
February 2024 Program – Women on the Home Front, WW II.

POSTED February 15, 2024

In lieu of a presentation we will have a panel discussion that will include our
membership and surrounding Historical Societies. We have invited the Nashua,
Hudson, Milford, Hollis, and Mont Vernon Historical Societies.
We do hope you can attend this meeting. We feel it will be engaging and informative.


American women supported the WWII war effort in a variety of ways, but in this presentation, I’ll focus on non-military contributions. Most people have heard of Rosie the Riveter, but there’s is so much more to discuss – from the world of entertainment to more mundane, day-to-day efforts, and yes, to the various work roles women assumed in the absence of men. They all did their part.

Bio: I graduated from UNH in 1969 with a degree in Sociology, then began my teaching career at Alvirne in Social Studies in the Fall of 1971. Retired from Alvirne at the end of the 2003 school year. In 1989, I received a master’s degree in education from River College (now, university). In the 1980’s and 1990’s, I also taught evening classes in the field of education. After retirement, I joined the River Institute for Senior Education (RISE), first, as a student, then as both a facilitator and a student. I am currently still active at RISE in both roles. The classes I’ve taught, if you want to include them you could mention “The Spies Among Us’, “The Post War Years; America and the Cold War”, and “A Society in Transition ” (about day-to-day life in the 1950’s), to name a few.