On Thursday, July 13, 2006, from 5-7 p.m. at the Prescott Farm Audubon
Center in Laconia, Gilford resident, Kathy Salanitro will present her
"Strong As An Ox" program to the public. Thompson-Ames Historical Society
of Gilford and the Prescott Farm Audubon Center have teamed up to
co-sponsor this family-oriented summer event. With the historic, 160-acre
Prescott Farm as a perfect backdrop, Salanitro will delve into the history
of these farm animals as she presents her dynamic hands-on demonstration.
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7/3/06 "Strong As an Ox" Program
Just as in times past at Prescott Farm, Salanitro will show the use of
oxen in farm life by showing the yoking, driving and pulling of these
magnificent animals. Participants will be allowed to interact with the
oxen and will be encouraged to have a hand at the unique opportunity of
In June of this year, Salanitro presented her "Oxen in History"
presentation for Thompson-Ames Historical Society and also delivered a
highly successful oxen workshop to the entire fourth-grade class at Gilford
Elementary School. There, too, each participant in the workshop was
involved in hands-on interaction with the oxen and each child took a turn
at driving the teams.
With a mission of educating the public about nature and the
environment, it was only natural that the Prescott Farm Audubon Center
(PFAC), located at Prescott Farm, would co-sponsor this event. Prescott
Farm itself was settled in 1796 by Dudley Prescott and his family.
Centuries later, in l998, his direct descendents, the Pardoe Family,
created the Prescott Farm Audubon Center when they partnered with New
Hampshire Audubon Society.
In the fall of 2005, Prescott Farm Audubon Center proudly opened the
doors to its brand new facility, the Samuel P. Pardoe Building. Staff
members have worked tirelessly since then to create new environmental
education programs for student groups, youth organizations and the
public-at-large. In the first year of operation PFAC offered programs to
861 people. Their year-round educational programs now reach well over
7,000 people per year.
The Samuel P. Pardoe Foundation also helped fund the 2006 programs of
Thompson-Ames Historical Society. Kathy Salanitro's school presentation
was one such program. Through the generosity of the Pardoe Foundation,
more and more youth are becoming educated on the natural environment.
Salanitro's "Strong As An Ox" program is one of PFAC's new summer
program series, which also includes wildlife programs, a music series, a
garden program series, Saturday hayrides, a hay maze, hiking trails and
numerous gardens that are open to public visitation.
"Strong As An Ox" is free to the public; however, donations will
gladly be accepted. After the oxen program, light refreshments will be
served. Bring the whole family to this enjoyable event and explore what
the Prescott Farm Audubon Center has to offer.
Prescott Farm is located at 888 White Oaks Road in Laconia. For more
information about this program or any of the programs offered by PFAC, feel
free to call them at 366-5695 or visit their website at:
Thompson-Ames Historical Society can be reached at 527-9009, or at
firstname.lastname@example.org . For information about TAHS' events and programs
as well as volunteer opportunities, visit their website at: