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- DescriptionOne fine September day in 1773 the people of Wilton, New Hampshire, gathered to realize their dream, raising the frame of a brand new meetinghouse that would be the literal and symbolic center of this small farming community. But dream became nightmare when a huge center roof beam gave way, dropping fifty-three workers three stories to the ground and collapsing tons of trusswork, planks and joists, and metal tools on them. Five died. Forty-eight were injured, many seriously. The catastrophe might have been lost in history had Charles E. Clark t discovered an heirloom copy of an anymous, forty-three-stanza ballad memorializing it. Sifting through clues from the ballad and from archival records, Clark pieces together the mystery to give a full picture of the disaster. His Meetinghouse Tragedy offers a fascinating glimpse into architectural history, popular and folk culture, religious traditions, and the ways communal memories are formed and then endure.
- Author BiographyCHARLES E. CLARK is Professor Emeritus of History at the University of New Hampshire. His books include The Public Prints: The Newspaper in Anglo-American Culture, 1665 - 1740 (1994), Maine: A Bicentennial History (1977, 1990), and The Eastern Frontier: The Settlement of Northern New England, 1610 - 1763 (1970, 1983).
- Author(s)Charles E. Clark
- PublisherUniversity Press of New England
- Date of Publication01/10/1998
- SubjectRegional History
- Place of PublicationHanover
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of New Hampshire Press
- Content Note9 illus. 7 drawings. 2 maps.
- Weight231 g
- Width140 mm
- Height216 mm
- Spine14 mm
- Illustrator(s)John W. Hatch
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