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4/3/06   Lawrence Bacon Presentation scheduled for 4/25

Gilford’s Thompson-Ames Historical Society is fortunate to have the opportunity to host Lawrence Bacon as a resource speaker on Tuesday afternoon, April 25th. His 1:00 p.m. presentation, entitled “The Role of Volunteers in a Museum Setting: Focusing on Recruitment, Training and Retention”, will take place in Grange Hall, upstairs in the Grange Museum Building, at 8 Belknap Mountain Road, in Gilford Village, and is open free to members of local historical societies.

Carolyn Brown, a member of Thompson-Ames Historical Society’s Board of Directors who was instrumental in arranging for last year’s resource speaker Albert Klyberg, readily agreed when Al recommended that Larry Bacon would be an excellent resource speaker to open the 2006 season. Some twenty years ago Carolyn had worked with both Al and Larry in Providence, Rhode Island, at the Rhode Island Historical Society’s John Brown House Museum, where Larry served as Buildings and Grounds Specialist, 1983-1993, and Museum Site Manager, 1993-1999.

“Larry has an extensive background of meaningful experience upon which to draw,” Carolyn commented recently. “In the 1980s he was active in proper conservation methods and care of priceless museum collections, and in the 1990s he recruited, trained and supervised docent corps consisting of more than 100 volunteers and several employees and developed syllabus and conducted weekly classes for 10-week docent training course -- his wide background of experiences and down-to-earth approach are certain to make his presentation pertinent to the needs of Thompson-Ames Historical Society and other historical societies.”

Currently, Larry Bacon lives in Maine, an area that has long appealed to him, as evinced by the topic of his 1996 Roger Williams University Senior Thesis “The Last of Mother’s Children: A Portrait of the Shaker Community at Sabbathday Lake, Maine”. At the turn of the century, Larry was part-time Executive Director at the Lincoln County Historical Association in Wiscasset, Maine, and now is Executive Director of the Kennebec Historical Society in Augusta, Maine -- while being owner of Craggytop Antiques and Collectibles.

Tuesday, April 25th will begin with a tour of Gilford’s three museum buildings from 9:30 a.m. until noon while Larry Bacon’s presentation will be upstairs in Grange Hall from about 1:00 until 3:00 p.m.

The day’s activities are open free to all who are interested in local history and/or volunteerism as well as to members of other New Hampshire historical societies.

Since seating is limited, please pre-register by calling 527-9009.

Anyone who wishes to is welcomed to bring a brown-bag lunch. Beverages will be available at lunchtime as well as after Larry Bacon’s presentation.

Thompson-Ames Historical Society looks forward to this special day with Larry Bacon helping to start out this 2006 historical society season.

* * * Flyers listing Thompson-Ames Historical Society’s “2006 Programs & Events” are now in the mail. Anyone who is not on T-AHS’s mailing list will be able to pick a copy up at the Gilford Library, Gilford Town Hall, or at any of the three Gilford museum buildings. If you wish to have a copy sent to you, please call 527-9009 and leave a message, including your name and mailing address. Also, do check T-AHS’s website

thomames@worldpath.net for information about programs and events, including updates about maple-sugaring activities at Bolduc Farm on Morrill Street.