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April 2018

Vernal Pool Stroll

April 24 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Horatio Colony Nature Preserve, 35 Daniels Hill Road
Keene, NH 03431 United States
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Every spring, small depressions in the northern forest floor come alive, filling with rain, melting snow, and, eventually, salamander and frog eggs. By summer’s end, many of these vernal pools will have dried out, revealing little trace of the life they contained in April & May. Join us for a moderately-strenuous, 1.2-mile round-trip hike to a hilltop vernal pool at the Horatio Colony Nature Preserve, where we’ll explore the exquisite, ephemeral world of spring-breeding amphibians. Meet at the Preserve parking lot…

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Spring Bird Walk & Talk (Part 1)

April 27 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Horatio Colony Nature Preserve, 35 Daniels Hill Road
Keene, NH 03431 United States
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Dozens of colorful migratory birds species return to from the tropics to their breeding grounds in New England every spring.  Join the Antioch Bird Club for an educational presentation about the spectacle of these birds and their local spring migration.  This presentation will take place in the Community Room at Antioch University New England at 40 Avon Street.  Registration is required for this event.  Call 603 283-2115 or email colonypreserve@antioch.edu to register.

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Spring Bird Walk & Talk (Part 2)

April 28 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am
Horatio Colony Nature Preserve, 35 Daniels Hill Road
Keene, NH 03431 United States
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Join Antioch Bird Club for a fun and educational walk and guided identification of birds in their local spring migration.   This will be a moderately strenuously hike at the Horatio Colony Nature Preserve. Meet at the Preserve parking lot on Daniels Hill Road in Keene at 8:00 AM.  Please bring water, a snack and binoculars for spotting birds.  Prepare for weather by dressing for an outdoor walk, including appropriate shoes.  Registration is required for this event.  Call 603 283-2115 or email…

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May 2018

Two Sides of the Coin

May 2 @ 11:00 am - September 2 @ 4:00 pm
Horatio Colony House Museum, 199 Main Street,
Keene, NH 03431 United States
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Native American & Early Colonists Cultural Clashes:  An exhibit highlighting both sides of the story of the Native American and English Colonial struggle for control of the natural environment of New England, and specifically Cheshire County.  Native American archaeological finds from Swanzey, as well as 18th century farm  and domestic items from regional colonial settlers will help to give a balanced picture of the early history the region. Objects on loan from the Mt. Caesar Union Library,  Swanzey Historical Museum &…

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Annual Quest Fest

May 5 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Horatio Colony House Museum, 199 Main Street,
Keene, NH 03431 United States
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Join us for Quest Fest 2018 to explore Keene's special places and history. A quest uses maps, riddles and clues to challenge you to find hidden treasure boxes.  "Keene Quests" feature seven sites covering both city and country.   The quests were developed by local students. Begin at noon by getting your free quest book and refreshments at the Horatio Colony House Museum.  After questing, come back to the museum for snacks and awards at 2:30.   A fun family program!

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June 2018

Our Beloved Kin: A New History of King Philip’s War

June 7 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free

  Author Dr. Lisa Brooks will present the multifaceted history of this area, giving a deeper understanding of Native history and place. The focus will be the area around Ashuelot as an important space in King Philip’s War, and especially in Mary Rowlandson’s captivity narrative.  The presentation will cover the complex picture of war, captivity, and Native resistance during the “First Indian War”. Location to be announced.

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Digging Into Native History In New Hampshire

June 27 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free

Abenaki history has been reduced to near-invisibility as a result of conquest, a conquering culture that placed little value on the Indian experience, and a strategy of self-preservation that required many Abenaki to go "underground," concealing their true identities for generations to avoid discrimination and persecution.  Dr. Robert Goodby reveals archaeological evidence that shows their deep presence here, inches below the earth's surface.  Funded by the NH Humanities.  Location to be announced.

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July 2018

Old- Time Children’s Games in the Garden

July 12 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Horatio Colony House Museum, 199 Main Street,
Keene, NH 03431 United States
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Rolling Hoops, Game of Graces, Jaxs, Marbles and Croquet.  Don't know how to play?  We will teach you. Enjoy the merriment of these old fashioned games - an excellent family program. Please note these programs are weather dependent.  Phone the museum at 603 352-0460 if weather is questionable.

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