See how Lebanon has changed over the past 40 years at the first “Lebanon Roots” film screening on Thursday, May 26, at the Lebanon Public Library. Scenes will include the 1964 fire that changed downtown Lebanon, the 1961 bicentennial parade, and farming at the Decato farm off Stoney Brook Road.
The program will begin at 7:00 p.m. at the Library Community Room, which is handicapped-accessible. Admission is free and the event is co-sponsored by the Lebanon Historical Society and the Lebanon Public Libraries.
Members of the Decato family will share their memories of the scenes captured in the 40-minutes of 8-mm film, which was made by Bert Decato. Bert’s cousin, Leonard Decato – a long-time member of the Historical Society – and Bert’s nephew, Jim, will be present. Chris Decato provided the digital video transfer.
“For more than 50 years, amateurs have been capturing their special family and community experiences with consumer movie equipment,” said Society president Jay Collier. “We’d like to spark interest in local history by encouraging our friends and neighbors to share those reels of film – and their memories of Lebanon – with us all. We hope this will be the first of many ‘Lebanon Roots’ screenings.”
The Lebanon Historical Society preserves and promotes the heritage of Lebanon, New Hampshire ˘ its prominent citizens, special places, and memorable events ˘ and also supports historical scholarship. The Society Web site is located at: www.lebanonnh.org.
The Lebanon Public Library, located at the corner of Colburn Park and Bank Street in downtown Lebanon, has been serving the community for over 95 years. Library information and on-line resources are available at http://www.leblibrary.com.