Publisher's Note: Right here
By Jody Reese
Southern New Hampshire usually scores high in national quality-of-life ratings. Most praise our unemployment and crime rate — both rather low. Our easy access to lakes, mountains and sea are also included. But many rankings fail to notice all the local amenities less than an hour’s drive away.
Right here in our backyard we have dozens of really great museums. In last week’s cover story we explored most of them and this weekend my family and I took in the Canterbury Shaker Village for its second annual strawberry festival. Like most things my family does, it involved food, but we were also able to take a stroll around the grounds and my son was able to see how people lived off the land a few hundred years ago. I grew up on a farm, so some of it was a little close to home. But it opened my son’s eyes. You mean people made their own soap? he asked.
A few weeks earlier we toured the Currier Museum on a Saturday morning (which is free) and caught its great American watercolor show.
And we’ve only scratched the surface. There are aviation and children’s museums. If you missed our story about this last week, you can read it online in a new format that replicates our entire paper in an easy-to-use flip book.
These museums greatly enhance our quality of life. They take this area beyond being a great place to be safe and employed, to being a great place to live.