Upcoming Events

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Chair Caning Workshop

Tuesday, March 20
Tuesday,  March 27
Thursday, April 5
Monday,   April 9
Monday    April 16



Interested in learning a new craft? Do you have a lovely old chair that needs a new seat? Join us in March for a Chair Caning Workshop by artisan Melissa Sheldon! 

Description: Participants will learn the techniques of hand caning from artisan Melissa Sheldon.

Dates and times: There will be 5 weekday classes 2 hours, time TBD.

Requirements: No experience needed! There are a few household items/tools to bring for the classes. This list will be given to you after you register.

Cost: Total workshop cost is $55.00 per person which includes class fee, supplies and a restored antique chair.

Do you have your own chair you would like to cane? Does it have holes drilled in the wood of the seat? Let us know when you register so we make sure you have a hand caned chair and we have the correct cane size available. Price of the class is the same.

Due to space limitations, class size will be limited to 10 students.

Please let us know as soon as possible if you are interested! Email us at info or leave us a message at 471-6336.

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March 21, 6:30-8:00pm

Poor Houses and Town Farms:   The Hard Row for Paupers


Bedford Public Library, McAllaster Room

3 Meetinghouse Road



The Bedford Historical Society is pleased to announce that we are sponsoring a presentation by noted speaker Steve Taylor in conjunction with the NH Humanities Council. This program is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.




From its earliest settlements New Hampshire has struggled with issues surrounding the treatment of its poor. The early Northeastern colonies followed the lead of England's 1601 Poor Law, which imposed compulsory taxes for maintenance of the poor but made no distinction between the "vagrant, vicious poor" and the helpless, and honest poor. This confusion persisted for generations and led directly to establishment in most of the state's towns of alms houses and poor farms and, later, county institutions which would collectively come to form a dark chapter in New Hampshire history.

Steve Taylor

Steve Taylor is an independent scholar, farmer, journalist, and longtime public official. With his sons, Taylor operates a dairy, maple syrup, and cheese making enterprise in Meriden Village. He has been a newspaper reporter and editor, and served for 25 years as New Hampshire’s commissioner of agriculture. Taylor was the founding executive director of the New Hampshire Humanities Council and is a lifelong student of the state's rural culture.


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