The talk is based on “Recollection of a Busy Life, the memoir of John Adams Taggart (1854–1943).” In it, Taggart portrays in rich detail his childhood, his family’s way of life, and many of their neighbors in the town of Sharon, New Hampshire.
He was the fifth generation Taggart to reside in Sharon. His father, Phineas Taggart (1812–1892) was a fiddler and dancing master in the 1830s and ’40s, teaching in all the surrounding towns.
Presenter Randy Miller is a fiddler and artist based in Alstead, NH. His music book, “The New England Fiddler’s Repertoire,” written with Jack Perron, is considered the best contemporary collection of New England fiddle tunes.
The presentation is part of the exhibit running through May at the Monadnock Center for History and Culture, titled “Gents Bow, Ladies Know How: Traditional Dance and Music in the Monadnock Region 1750-2015.” The exhibit traces the long history of traditional dance and music in southwestern New Hampshire from Colonial times to the present.
The exhibit is sponsored by The Animal Care Clinic-Monadnock, with grant funding from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts.
For more information call 603-924-3235 or visit www.MonadnockCenter.org.
The Monadnock Center for History and Culture is a community museum that has been dedicated to preserving and celebrating local history and culture since its founding in 1902. The Monadnock Folklore Society was founded in 1980 to increase the visibility of folk dance and music events in southern New Hampshire and provide educational services in the folk arts to the community. The Country Dance and Song Society is a national leader in promoting participatory dance, music and song that have roots in English and North American culture and their living traditions.