Memorial Day History
Three years after the Civil War ended, on May 5, 1868, the head of an organization of Union veterans — the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) — established Decoration Day as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers. Maj. Gen. John A. Logan declared that Decoration Day should be observed on May 30. It is believed that date was chosen because flowers would be in bloom all over the country.
The first large observance was held that year at Arlington National Cemetery, across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C.
The ceremonies centered around the mourning-draped veranda of the Arlington mansion, once the home of Gen. Robert E. Lee. Various Washington officials, including Gen. and Mrs. Ulysses S. Grant, presided over the ceremonies. After speeches, children from the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Orphan Home and members of the GAR made their way through the cemetery, strewing flowers on both Union and Confederate graves, reciting prayers and singing hymns.
The town of Center Harbor is installing a smoke detector system at the Schoolhouse.
The system has a detector in every room. If smoke is detected it will send a message to the Lakes Region
dispatch office. The hardware has been installed and soon be checked out by the company
that makes the system, then it will be activated.
I am looking for a few members of the Historical Society, and/or residents, to form a committee to identify Center Harbor’s historical buildings. From there we can put these places onto the official town map, so that towns people and visitors my be able to view them and see the rich history of Center Harbor, NH.
If this type of project interests you, please contact me.
Thank you for your time,
Chairman for the monthly refreshments is Ginny Murphy
If there is a conflict in meeting your date, please notify her at 253-6845
April 24- Wilma Garland and Shirley Splaine
May 22- Dorrie Smith and Denny Stringfellow
June 26- Mary Lamprey Bare
July 24- Ginny Murphy and Carole Elliot
August 28- Deanna Campbell and Connie Johnson
September 25- Gwen Bronson and Virginia
October 23- Nancy Kelly and Janet Stearns
Paper goods are supplied at the schoolhouse. Tablecloth or center piece optional.
The schoolhouse will be open by 6:00 p.m.
$25 is available upon request to assist with the cost.
For all those interested in attending the first Centre Harbor Historical Society’s business meetings of the year, you’re in luck!
The first meeting will be held this Monday March 10, 2014, 1:00 p.m. at the Center Harbor Town Hall in the Mead room.
We’ll see you there!