Thu, Nov 16|
Remick Country Doctor Museum & Farm
✅Late in Arriving: How Electricity Changed Rural New Hampshire Life
A New Hampshire Humanities program presented by Stephen Taylor, a farmer, newspaperman, and longtime public official. Don’t miss it!
Time & Location
Nov 16, 2023, 6:30 PM
Remick Country Doctor Museum & Farm, 58 Cleveland Hill Rd, Tamworth, NH 03886, USA
About the event
Imagine a New Hampshire town where some people enjoyed the benefits of electricity — lighting at the flick of a switch and reliable heating controlled by a thermostat — while others lived with smelly kerosene lamps and smoky box stoves. In New Hampshire, during the first half of the 20th century, residents of developed communities enjoyed the transformative benefits of electric power while those in the sparsely populated regions lived and worked in conditions little changed from the 19th century.
It took the coming of the New Deal's Rural Electrification Administration and a determined band of farmers to overcome opposition from the established private utilities to create the New Hampshire Electric Cooperative in 1939. Despite labor and material shortages during World War II, within a decade power came to almost all of the previously unserved areas of the state. For thousands of households, this meant relief from the drudgery of the wood-fueled cookstove, the washboard and the kerosene lamp. Reliable electric power similarly brought new ways of life to farmers and artisans. This program will explore how these developments changed civic and social life in New Hampshire’s countryside, and touch on the ways the disparity of broadband access in the state today echoes these earlier struggles. PRESENTER: Stephen Taylor is a farmer, newspaperman and longtime public official. He has studied, written and spoken for many years about New Hampshire’s rural culture and the state’s agricultural history. With his three sons, he operates a livestock and maple farm in Meriden Village. He has been a newspaper reporter and editor and was the founding executive director of the New Hampshire Humanities Council. He served 25 years as the state’s commissioner of agriculture.
Free and open to the public.