Alstead Historical Society presents Covered Bridges of New Hampshire

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A historic New Hampshire covered bridge. Stock photo.

ALSTEAD, N.H. – On Wednesday, April 25 at 7 p.m., Glenn Knoblock will discuss covered bridge design and technology, and their designers, builders, and associated folklore. Covered wooden bridges have been a vital part of the New Hampshire transportation network, dating back to the early 1800s. Given New Hampshire’s myriad streams, brooks, and rivers, it’s unsurprising that 400 covered bridges have been documented. Often viewed as quaint relics of a simpler past, they were technological marvels of their day. It may be native ingenuity and New Hampshire’s woodworking tradition that account for the fact that a number of nationally noted covered bridge truss designers were New Hampshire natives.

Glen Knoblock is an independent scholar and author of 15 books and over 100 articles. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Bowling Green State University.

This program is supported through the generosity of a grant from the New Hampshire Humanities Council – Humanities To Go Program. It takes place at the Third Congregational Church on 14 River Street in Alstead, N.H. The presentation is free and open to the public. Light refreshments follow the presentation. Donations gratefully accepted.

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