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1913 Day - Commemorating Opening Day, August 28, 1913
Sunday, August 5, 2001

Where can you visit two different centuries at once?
Visitors can experience both 1782 and 1913 at the Daniel Webster Birthplace on Sunday August 5, at the First Annual 1913 Day, commemorating Opening Day, August 28, 1913, when the restored historic site was first opened to the public. The Daniel Webster Birthplace, in Franklin, is a New Hampshire State Historic Site where costumed living history interpreters portray the life of the Webster family in 1782, when Daniel was born.
Highlighting the 1913 commemorative will be an Antique Car Show, courtesy of the New Hampshire Model T Club. A brief ceremony will include excerpts from the original dedication speeches. Early twentieth century vintage clothing from a private collection will be on exhibit for the one day only. All guests are encouraged to turn out in “Titanic Era” costumes.

Bob Murray of Epsom, a noted collector of early recorded music, will “deejay” a concert of original ‘teens recordings played on his 1911 Victor phonograph. He will feature performances by John Philip Sousa, Victor Herbert, Enrico Caruso and Sir Harry Lauder, as well as early hits by composers Irving Berlin and Jerome Kern. An exhibition of period dance steps will open the floor for visitors to dance to the period music. Meanwhile, traditional toys and games will be available to entertain the children.

The Daniel Webster Birthplace is a State Historic Site operated by the New Hampshire Division of Parks and Recreation. The Daniel Webster Birthplace Living History Project is a private non-profit educational program dedicated to enhancing understanding of eighteenth century life and sponsored by the Franklin Historical Society. The living history program is open to the public every Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5 pm, through Labor Day. The site is located on North Road, one-half mile off Route 127 in West Franklin.