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Friday, May 21, 2010

Cows and Communities

Tuesday, May 25, 7:00 PM - . “Cows and Communities: how the lowly bovine has nurtured New Hampshire through four centuries” a presentation by Steve Taylor, former NH Agriculture Commissioner.

At the Chesley Library at the corner of Routes 4 and 43 in Northwood.
Co-sponsored by Chesley Library, the NH Humanities Council, The Blaisdell Memorial Library in Nottingham and the Philbrick-James Library in Deerfield.

Cattle were essential to the survival of the earliest New Hampshire settlements and their contributions have been central to the life and culture of the state ever since. From providing dietary sustenance to basic motive power, bovines have had a deep and enduring bond with their keepers, one that lingers today and is a vital part of the iconography of rural New Hampshire. Where are New Hampshire's cows today? What are they doing for us now? Some answers will surprise you. The program will be presented by Steve Taylor: independent scholar, farmer, journalist, and longtime public official. Taylor operates a dairy and maple farm in Meriden Village, New Hampshire, and served a quarter century as NH's Commissioner of Agriculture. He has been a newspaper reporter and editor. He was also the first Executive Director of the NH Humanities Council and is a lifelong student the state's rural culture.

The program is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Donna Bunker at 942-5472.


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