New Ipswich Library hosting talk on historical meetinghouses

Published: 02-20-2023 1:50 PM

The New Ipswich Historical Society is hosting "New England’s Colonial Meetinghouses and Their Impact on American Society,” sponsored by NH Humanities to Go, on Thursday, Feb. 23, at 4 p.m. at the New Ipswich Library. 

New England's Colonial meetinghouses embody a little-known chapter in American history. Built mostly with tax money, they served as both places of worship and places for town meetings, and were the centers of life in Colonial New England communities.

Using photographs of the few surviving "mint condition" meetinghouses as illustrations, Paul Wainwright tells the story of the society that built and used them, and the impact they have had on American culture. Artistic photography and a love of history are Wainwright's longstanding interests, and since 2001, he has pursued his love of photography full-time, working in a traditional manner using sheet film, a large-format camera and silver gelatin printing.


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