Samantha, the last glass negative by Frank Owen


Sometime shortly after this issue rolls off the press, we’ll reach the 10,000-hit mark on our webpage. Pictured here is a portion of our webpage as it looked on January 30, when we had just a couple hundred hits to go before taking us over that first 10,000.

Each month, more and more people are checking out, getting a jump on what’s in our latest issue. And withNorthern New Hampshire Magazine listed on 57 other sites linking to us through just one popular search engine, we are finding that more and more people are discovering us. The web is one more bit of modern technology enabling those of us who love history to get the word around.

This month’s issue begins with the story of a little-known footnote in Mount Washington’s long history. We remember Nazro, a religious zealot who 150 years ago staked claim to the top of Mount Washington and made grand plans to build a temple at the summit. He ended up being a would-be landlord.

This month we close the curtain on our look at the first batch of glass negatives donated to us by Frank Owen. We have rounded up a particularly interesting group of images this time. These particular glass negatives appear to show performers in a stage production put on in Colebrook a century ago and bought by him here. But the question persists: what was “Samantha” all about?

There’s plenty to report in our “News Briefs” department this month, including the blow dealt the Benton Fountain in Lancaster–which took a direct hit from a pickup. We revisit the Poore farm in Stewartstown with a report on the latest efforts by this ambitious foundation to preserve yet another piece of the Poore family’s past.

Also this month we take a look at a number of recent books produced on a wide range of subjects of interest to northern readers. If you know of a recent book or recording you feel would be of interest to fellow readers, drop us a note and tell us about it. We’re always on the lookout for new material to review in these pages.

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Charles J. Jordan