The first Europeans to visit North America were the Vikings. Around the year 1000, they set up camp at L’Anse aux Meadows on the northern tip of Newfoundland after discovering the coast accidentally 15 years prior.Read More
Spring 2017 edition of The General News, the official newsletter of the Friends of Stark ParkRead More
Fall/Winter 2016 edition of The General, the official newsletter of the Friends of Stark ParkRead More
The year was 1905, the location was Portsmouth, NH; the Russians signed a peace treaty with the Japanese to end the two-year long Russo-Japanese War, fought over Manchuria and Korean territories. President Teddy Roosevelt was awarded the 1906 Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to forge peace between the two imperial nations, which averted the possibility of a world-wide war.Read More
Thank you to everyone who joined the fun at Stark Park's Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 26. Hundreds of kids enjoyed a beautiful day at the park collecting candy-filled eggs; seeing the fire trucks, fire fighters and the mounted police patrol; and having their faces painted by the Central High School Key Club.Read More
She has been dead over 200 years, but her memory lives on in a battle cry issued by her famous husband, General John Stark, a Hero of the Revolutionary War. During the Battle at Bennington VT, August 16, 1777, General Stark is said to have told his troops, "The enemy are ours or this night Molly Stark sleeps a widow."Read More
UNH Durham sent 30 student volunteers on November 11th to the park for a Fall Clean Up. The 45 degree weather and rain didn’t bother this group of students. They endured the cold, wet weather and raked the entrances, gravesite and areas near the bandstand for only pizza as payment. This group was part of a volunteer effort from UNH Durham called UNH Serves, where 500 students volunteer their time on their day off from school for Veteran’s Day. Most of the group's work is done in the Seacoast area but we were lucky to have Stark Park be one of their destination sites! Emily Goupil, UNH Residence Hall Director and City Year veteran, has organized the group the past 2 years for us, as well as helped out in years past with City Year.
We also were fortunate to have Tom Kelly, owner of LawnMark Plus, an organic lawn care company, apply an organic kelp fertilizer to the area around the gravesite and Stark monument. This treatment will help boost the turf growth in the spring. Thank you Tom Kelly!! www.lawnmarkplus.com
Many thanks to our Board members Winnie and Tom S. for providing homemade sweets for the volunteers; to Kerry for organizing the day and to Stephanie, Diana, and Tom C. for coming out and raking on such a bitterly cold, wet day!
The Annual Meeting was held this year at the Puritan Backroom. Officers elected were Diana Duckoff President, Kerry Schleyer Vice President, Andrea Hecker Secretary and Stephanie Lewry Treasurer. New members to the board include Tom Christensen, Oral Foster, Kathy Growney, Tom Snow and Winnie Schmidt.Read More
Today we honor the memory of General John Stark. Why? Because, through rituals of remembrance, like the one today, we define ourselves as a nation. For the United States is unique among the nations of the world. As historian Gordon Wood has stated, unlike other nations we are not defined by ethnicity, not defined by a single religion, not defined as a tribe and tribal territory. The celebration of John Stark’s life and times should remind us that we are nation defined by a few simple yet profound ideas – natural rights, equality, individual liberty, self-governance, rule of law, and as Lincoln put it, government of the people, by the people and for the people.Read More
On September 14, 2014 the Friends of Stark Park celebrated the completed renovation of the General John Stark family gravesite located in Stark Park. University of New Hampshire Professor Jack Resch was the keynote speaker. Mayor Ted Gatsas also said a few words and the New Hampshire Society of the Sons of the American Revolution were part of the celebration as was the New Boston Artillery Company.Read More