Programs & Events

Annual Meeting of the Membership

Saturday, January 22, 2022, 2:00 P.M.

Hancock Historical Society, Eaton Room

President’s Message, Annual Reports, Nomination and Election of Officers

The Founding of Hancock, NH And
It’s Connection with John Hancock

Presented by Ellena Weston Zimmermann

Saturday, January 22, 2022
Immediately following the business
portion of the Annual Meeting

Hancock, NH, can be justifiably proud that it was named for the Revolutionary patriot John Hancock. John Hancock was a staunch patriot, holding crucial offices throughout the war at both the state and national level, at the risk of his life and business interests.  However, he was human and on at least three occasions made promises he did not keep. One of these unfulfilled promises was almost certainly to our town of Hancock—and almost caused the town’s name to be changed to York! Come hear the story of John Hancock’s life with a special emphasis on his interactions with our town.

Portrait of John Hancock, 1776, painted by Charles Wilson Peale from the collection of the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, R.I. 

Our speaker, Ellena Weston, is the sixth generation of her family to live in Hancock and was raised on the sheep farm on Weston Road that her great-great grandfather purchased in 1867. She grew up listening to stories of family and Hancock history told by her father and his relatives. She has written numerous articles for the Historical Oracle, Hancock Historical Society’s quarterly newsletter, and presented historical talks for the Hancock Historical Society, the Hancock Women’s Club and the Historical Society of Cheshire County.

Civil War Soldiers’ Quilts

Presented by Pamela Weeks

Thursday, February 17, 2022, 7:00 P.M.

Hancock Historical Society, Eaton Room

Quilts made for use by soldiers during the Civil War are very rare—only twenty are known to exist, and Pam Weeks has studied most of them in person. This illustrated lecture outlines the origins of the U. S. Sanitary Commission at the beginning of the Civil War and examines the roles women played on the home front, and as nurses. The stories of fourteen actual Civil War soldiers’ quilts will be highlighted in this program.

Presented in conjunction with New Hampshire Humanities.

Banjos, Bones and Ballads

Presented by Jeff Warner

Thursday, March 24, 2022, 6:30 P.M.

Hancock Historical Society, Eaton Room

Traditional songs, rich in local history and a sense of place, present the latest news from the distant past. They help us to interpret present-day life with an understanding of the working people who built our country. Tavern songs, banjo tunes, 18th century New England hymns, sailor songs, and humorous stories about traditional singers and their songs highlight this informative program by Jeff Warner.

Presented in conjunction with New Hampshire Humanities.