New England’s Colonial Meetinghouses and Their Impact on American Society


Presented by Paul Wainwright at Chamberlin Free Public Library Wednesday, May 16, 7:00 PM

New England’s colonial meetinghouses embody an important yet 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 lasting impact they have had on American culture.


Paul Wainwright
Artistic photography and a love of history have been long-standing interests of Paul Wainwright, but he was captured by physics in high school and eventually wound up getting a PhD in the field from Yale. Wainwright worked for many years at Bell Labs, with photography being a continuing avocation. Since 2001 he has pursued his love of photography full-time, and is especially drawn to photographing historic structures in very personal and introspective ways.


This program is free and open to the public, and is made possible by a grant from the New Hampshire Humanities.

New Music CDs – November 27, 2017

Bocelli, Andrea Incanto
Bocelli, Andrea Sogno
Connick, Harry Jr. To see you
Cowboy Junkies The Trinity Session
Eurythmics Eurythmics: Greatest Hits
Fogelberg, Dan The Wild Places
Hays, Isaac Greatest Hit Singles
Lanz, David Return to the Heart
O’Connor, Sinead I do not want what I haven’t got
Streisand, Barbra Higher Ground
Tesh, John Live at Red Rocks
Vaughan, Stevie A Tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughan
Vaughan, Stevie The Sky is Crying

AED Now Available at the Library



We are pleased to announce that we now have installed an AED (Automated External Defibrillator).  This life-saving device is located near the emergency exit of the library.  While this device can be used by anyone, all library staff have been trained in AED use and certified in CPR.