The Annual Reading of The Declaration of Independence
in the Jaffrey Meetinghouse





Background

     The Reading was launched in 2001. Letters were sent to various Jaffrey 'worthies' inviting them to the event. There was a good response but persons from the audience had to be asked to participate to round out the 38 Reader slots. All seemed to think the event was a great success, so it's been continued ever since.

Annual Programs

     2001 1st Annual Reading - No program was produced.
     2002 2nd Annual Reading
     2003 3rd Annual Reading
     2004 4th Annual Reading
     2005 5th Annual Reading
     2006 6th Annual Reading
     2007 7th Annual Reading
     2008 8th Annual Reading
     2009 9th Annual Reading
     2010 10th Annual Reading
     2011 11th Annual Reading
     2012 12th Annual Reading
     2013 13th Annual Reading
     2014 14th Annual Reading
     2015 15th Annual Reading
     2016 16th Annual Reading

Annual Posters

     2001 1st Annual Reading
     2002 2nd Annual Reading
     2003 3rd Annual Reading
     2004 4th Annual Reading
     2005 5th Annual Reading
     2006 6th Annual Reading
     2007 7th Annual Reading
     2008 8th Annual Reading
     2009 9th Annual Reading
     2010 10th Annual Reading
     2011 11th Annual Reading
     2012 12th Annual Reading
     2013 13th Annual Reading
     2014 14th Annual Reading
     2015 15th Annual Reading
     2016 16th Annual Reading

Annual Press Releases

     2001 1st Annual Reading
     2002 2nd Annual Reading
     2003 3rd Annual Reading
     2004 4th Annual Reading
     2005 5th Annual Reading
     No separate press releases after 2005.

Annual 'Thank You' Letters to the Editor

Handouts

     The Declaration of Independence
     The Declaration of Independence "Let Facts (and propaganda) be submitted to a candid World." Provided by Cassius Webb
     What Happened to Them? By Bill Starr, appearing in the Boston Globe, June 29, 2003.
     June 17, 1775 A poem by William Schofield

Readers

Reader Assignment

     Rob Stephenson (2001-02)
     Amy Meyers (2003-05)
     Ann Royce (2006-08)
     Debbie Stewart (2009-12)
     Frank Sterling (2013-16)
     Caroline and Clay Hollister (2017-)

Welcomers

     2001 1st Annual Reading: Robert Stephenson, Jaffrey Historic District Commission
     2002 2nd Annual Reading: Mary Payson, Village Improvement Society
     2003 3rd Annual Reading: Mary Payson, Village Improvement Society
     2004 4th Annual Reading: Janet S. Grant, Jaffrey Historic District Commission
     2005 5th Annual Reading: Caroline K. Hollister, Village Improvement Society
     2006 6th Annual Reading: Anne Webb, Village Improvement Society
     2007 7th Annual Reading: Sean Driscoll, Village Improvement Society
     2008 8th Annual Reading: Deborah Stewart, Jaffrey Historical Society
     2009 9th Annual Reading: Kathy Batchelder, SelectmenÕs Meetinghouse Committee
     2010 10th Annual Reading: Ken Campbell, Village Improvement Society
     2011 11th Annual Reading: Bob Chamberlain, Jaffrey Historical Society
     2012 12th Annual Reading: Ellen Avery, Village Improvement Society
     2013 13th Annual Reading: Bill Driscoll, Jaffrey Historical Society
     2014 14th Annual Reading: Susan Campbell, Village Improvement Society
     2015 15th Annual Reading: Robert Stephenson, Jaffrey Historical Society
     2016 16th Annual Reading: Sam Hackler, Village Improvement Society

Presenters

     2001 1st Annual Reading: ?
     2002 2nd Annual Reading: Rebecca English
     2003 3rd Annual Reading: Rebecca English
     2004 4th Annual Reading: Rebecca & Jennifer English
     2005 5th Annual Reading: Helen & Henry Soney
     2006 6th Annual Reading: Katie & Grace Chadbourne
     2007 7th Annual Reading: Mitchell & Duncan Pierce
     2008 8th Annual Reading: Julaluk Trimble
     2009 9th Annual Reading: Alicia & Garrett Cournoyer
     2010 10th Annual Reading: Maria & Elicia Dupuis
     2011 11th Annual Reading: Dustin Bergeron
     2012 12th Annual Reading: Sigmund & Henry Winiecki
     2013 13th Annual Reading: Dylan McKenna & Olivia Blanchette
     2014 14th Annual Reading: Lily & Oliver Tullio
     2015 15th Annual Reading: Samantha Newton
     2016 16th Annual Reading: Blake Ferguson

Yankee Doodle & Three Cheers

     2001 1st Annual Reading: ?
     2002 2nd Annual Reading: Bryan English
     2003 3rd Annual Reading: Bryan English
     2004 4th Annual Reading: Bryan English
     2005 5th Annual Reading: Owen Houghton
     2006 6th Annual Reading: Sean Driscoll
     2007 7th Annual Reading: Sean Driscoll
     2008 8th Annual Reading: Sean Driscoll
     2009 9th Annual Reading: Bruce Larsen
     2010 10th Annual Reading: Bruce Larsen
     2011 11th Annual Reading: Bruce Larsen
     2012 12th Annual Reading: Ellen Avery
     2013 13th Annual Reading: Ellen Avery
     2014 14th Annual Reading: Ellen Avery
     2015 15th Annual Reading: Bill Raymond
     2016 16th Annual Reading: Bill Raymond

Bell Ringers

     2001 1st Annual Reading: ?
     2002 2nd Annual Reading: Rebecca English
     2003 3rd Annual Reading: Anne, Thomas & Teddy Oliver
     2004 4th Annual Reading: Anne, Thomas & Teddy Oliver
     2005 5th Annual Reading: Helen, Henry & friends
     2006 6th Annual Reading: Erickson & Kennedy Richard
     2007 7th Annual Reading: Hadley Greene
     2008 8th Annual Reading: John Madigan
     2009 9th Annual Reading: Sean Driscoll, Jr.
     2010 10th Annual Reading: Sean Driscoll, Jr.
     2011 11th Annual Reading: Joseph Bergeron
     2012 12th Annual Reading: Margaret Winiecki
     2013 13th Annual Reading: Dylan McKenna & Olivia Blanchette
     2014 14th Annual Reading: Christopher Newton
     2015 15th Annual Reading: Christopher & Samantha Newton
     2016 16th Annual Reading: Blake Ferguson

Other Helpers

     Flowers: Claire Bean, Nancy Belletete, Jane Cunningham, Eleanor McQueen, Margaret Pokorny, Dee Poole, Elizabeth Smith
     Pianists: Virginia Eskin, Millie Vigneault, Louise Watson
     Sound system: Sean Driscoll
     Publicity / Graphics: Rob Stephenson

Photos

Video of the 2013 Reading. This is a large file.

Miscellaneous

     The Welcome
     Yankee Doodle
     The Signers