Sheep History lecture in Concord, NH 3/16/11

The New Hampsire Weaver’s Guild invites you to this

lecture next Wednesday:

The Great Sheep Boom and Its Enduring Legacy on the New Hampshire Landscape

with Steve Taylor
In a brief 30-year period in the early 19th century the New Hampshire countryside became home to hundreds of thousands of sheep.  Production of wool became a lucrative business, generating fortunes and providing the only era of true agricultural prosperity in the state’s history.  It left behind a legacy of fine architecture and thousands of miles of rugged stonewalls.  Farmers overcame enormous challenges to make sheep husbandry succeed, but forces from beyond NH were to doom the industry, with social consequences that would last a century.
Special Note:  This program, which will begin at 1:30 p.m., is a “Humanities to Go” program of the New Hampshire Humanities Council. It is free and open to the public to attend.  At: Kimball-Jenkins Estate, 266 North Main Street, Concord NH, on Wednesday, March 16 at 1:30 p.m.

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