Fall meeting in New Hampshire

DSDI members, please join us for the DSDI Fall Meeting in New Hampshire, Oct. 12-14. We have rooms reserved at the Ashworth by the Sea Hotel in Hampton, NH.   Reservations can be made at 603-926-6762 or online at www.ashworthhotel.com.  Be sure to ask for the DSDI rate of $119 per night.  The rates will be honored 3 days prior and 3 days after for those of you arriving early or wishing to extend your stay.

On Friday we will travel by bus to Portsmouth, NH (home of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, the oldest continuously operating shipyard in the Navy).  Here we will visit the Moffat-Ladd house, which was once the home of William Whipple, one of the 3 signers from New Hampshire.  Afterward, those not attending the Board of Governors meeting will have an opportunity to stroll through this historic seaport at their own pace.  With the protection of a Historic District Commission, much of the city’s irreplaceable architectural legacy survives.  (For members who plan to stay an extra day, Strawbery Banke Museum is a must-see historical tour (www.strawberybanke.org).

On Saturday, members will go by bus to Exeter to visit the Independence Museum, which displays their original Dunlap broadside copy of the Declaration of Independence, followed by a walking tour of historic Exeter, led by the Exeter Historical Association.  Then we will visit the Josiah Bartlett homestead (the private residence of one of our hostesses, Ruth Albert).  From there we will walk to the Kingston Museum and then to the Church on the Plains where our general meeting will be held.  In the nearby cemetery, we will pay our respects at the gravesite of Josiah Bartlett.

Our evening banquet will be held at the Ashworth by the Sea.  Jere R. Daniell, Professor of History, Emeritus, Dartmouth College, will be our guest speaker for the evening.

You may fly into Boston Logan Airport or Manchester Airport in Manchester, NH.  Hampton, NH is approximately 45 miles from either of these airports.  There is a train station in Boston; the trains also run from Boston to Exeter, NH.

For members who will be staying extra days, New Hampshire will be at the peak of the foliage season.  We recommend a drive through the lakes region and/or into the White Mountains, approximately 1-2 hour drive.

The home of the third signer from New Hampshire, Matthew Thornton, will not be on our tour, but is located in Merrimack, NH (less than 10 miles from the Manchester Airport).   It now is a restaurant called the Common Man.  He and his family are buried across the street from the house in the Matthew Thornton Cemetery.

Your hostesses for the weekend are Aroline Godbout, and her sister Hazel Gott, and their cousin Ruth Albert.   It has been about 20 years since we have had a meeting in New Hampshire and we look forward to seeing you!


Future General Meetings

Annapolis, MD April 26-28, 2013

New Haven, CT September 20-22, 2013

Charleston, SC spring of 2014

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