June 23 to July 4 1999
The National Mall, Washington DC
Celebrating New Hampshire Stories was developed from research carried out by folklorists and community scholars during the winter, spring, summer, and fall of 1998. Over two dozen folklorists and community scholars helped to interview, photograph, and learn from over 500 individuals.
Town Hall Stage.
Over 140 performers, traditional craftsmen, and occupational specialists were invited to represent the folklife traditions of New Hampshire. Another 60-70 individuals came to Washington DC to help celebrate two days of special events.
The New Hampshire program "Celebrating New Hampshire Stories" occupied an area equivalent to three foot ball fields on the National Mall!
The festival site was organized around themes and had a wide range of built structures. Click here to learn more about the themes and the festival site.
New Hampshire Kitchen.
The Front Porch stage.
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There were six scheduled venues:
Town Hall Music Stage - music performances and social dances
Front Porch Stage - music performances
New Hampshire Kitchen - traditional food demonstrations
Summer Camp - family and children's performances and craft activities
Mill Stage - narratives and discussions on a range of topics
Political Traditions - narratives and discussions on a range of topics
Agricultural Arena - demonstrations with border collies & sheep, draft horses and oxen
The Mill Stage.
Special events included:
Traditional timber framed barn raising
Old Home Day celebration
Here's a typical day at the Festival from the program book schedule of events:
All: Photographer - Gary Samson