Serving the informational needs of the City on the Lakes 
Country Estates of NH 6/13/2013 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Join us on Thursday, June 13 at 7 PM in Laconia Public Library’s Rotary Hall for Exemplary Country Estates of New Hampshire with Cristina Ashjian, an art historian and an independent scholar. In the early 20th Century, the New Hampshire Board of Agriculture launched a program to boost the rural economy and promote tourism through the sale of abandoned farms to summer residents. After introducing the country house movement, Ashjian focuses attention on some of the great country estates featured in the NH Program between 1902 and 1913. Which private estates were recognized as exemplary, and who were their owners? Using historic images and texts, Ashjian discusses well-known estates now open to the public such as The Fells on Lake Sunapee, The Rocks in Bethlehem, and Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site in Cornish. This lecture is sponsored by the New Hampshire Humanities Council and the Laconia Public Library.