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Young Ladies Library Association

How Fourteen Teenagers Changed Plymouth

The Young Ladies Library Association is celebrating their 150th anniversary! They have been promoting literacy and culture in Plymouth since 1873. The YLLA is the reason we have our wonderful Pease Library and the YLLA continues to support the library in a variety of ways. To celebrate their anniversary, they have curated an exhibition showcasing some of the highlights of their first 150 years in the former home of the library, the Old Webster Courthouse.

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All events take place at the Plymouth Historical Museum in the Old Webster Courthouse on Court Street and are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.


Poor Houses and Town Farms:

The Hard Row for Paupers

Have you ever wondered how NH towns treated their poor residents in the past? Please join us to learn about this topic with Steve Taylor, farmer, writer, and former Commissioner of Agriculture. He is a longtime scholar of NH's state rural history and culture - and a NH treasure.


From its earliest European settlement, NH has struggled with this issue. The early Northeastern colonies followed the lead of England's 1601 Poor Law, which imposed compulsory taxes for the maintenance of the poor but made no distinction between the "vagrant, vicious poor" and the helpless poor. This confusion persisted for generations and led directly to the establishment of alms houses and poor farms (including here in Plymouth) and, later, county institutions which would collectively come to form a dark chapter in New Hampshire's history. Taylor will examine how paupers were treated in these facilities and how reformers eventually succeeded in closing them down.    


Historical Walking Tour Honoring Juneteenth

Th Join us on Saturday June 17th for a historical walking tour of Downtown Plymouth with a spotlight on the history of slavery, abolitionism, and the ongoing struggle for equality in celebration of the Juneteenth holiday.


Learn about the people and buildings that have shaped Plymouth’s character over the years with an emphasis on the abolitionists, authors, and athletes who have fought for justice or just passed through for a visit. Visit sites on the National Registry of Historic Places, hear about the Underground Railroad, appreciate the stories that lay behind the unique sculptures and paintings created for Plymouth, and gain a deeper knowledge of Plymouth’s place in the history of education and civil rights. If you have your own stories to share, we always welcome those as well.


To join us on this tour, meet at the Boy Scout sculpture in the Common at 10:30 am.

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