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NH at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival
A Day at the Festival

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.

Overview | A Day at the Festival | Program Book | Image Gallery | Themes | Participants, Presenters & Staff

The New Hampshire program "Celebrating New Hampshire Stories" occupied an area equivalent to three football fields on the National Mall! The festival site was organized around themes and had a wide range of built structures.

performers on town hall stage

Town Hall Stage.

performers on mill stage

Mill Stage.

performers on front porch stage

Front Porch Stage.

new hampshire kitchen

New Hampshire Kitchen.

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

Special events included:

  • Traditional timber framed barn raising
  • Old Home Day celebration
  • Franco-American day
July 3, 1999 Schedule

July 3, 1999 Program

July 4, 1999 Schedule

July 4, 1999 Program

Photo credit: Gary Samson

New Hampshire State Council on the Arts
19 Pillsbury Street - 1st Floor, Concord, NH 03301