The Rusts, The Slades and The Burroughs: what a small historic cemetery can teach us about the function and structure of early Anglo-American communities in New Hampshire
February 17 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Rusts, The Slades and The Burroughs: what a small historic cemetery can teach us about the function and structure of early Anglo-American communities in New Hampshire.
Wednesday, February 17,2021 at 6:00pm
Free online event
After the end of the French and Indian War (1763), Anglo-American towns all along the Connecticut River Valley sprung into being. They were generally populated by groups of interrelated extended families from established and over crowded towns in southern New England. Alstead, NH was one such place. But years before the town proper was established, a group of those Anglo-American settlers, a handful of siblings, in-laws and neighbors, set up an early enclave that functioned as a town in microcosm. It provided its residents with traditional English political and social infrastructure, including a cemetery.
New Hampshire archaeologist Gail Golec offers a fascinating look at uncovering the history of a community by studying its cemeteries. Golec manages the blog The Secret Life of Death.