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Author Clark, Charles E., 1929-
Title The meetinghouse tragedy : an episode in the life of a New England town / Charles E. Clark ; including illustrations by John W. Hatch.
Imprint Hanover, NH : University of New Hampshire, [1998]

Subject Church buildings -- New Hampshire -- Wilton (Town) -- History -- 18th century.
Building -- Accidents -- New Hampshire -- Wilton (Town) -- History -- 18th century.
Wilton (N.H. : Town) -- History -- 18th century.
Description 1 online resource (xv, 152 pages) : illustrations
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 127-147) and index.
Contents 1. Wilton -- 2. The Meetinghouse -- 3. Disaster -- 4. The Victims -- 5. The Ballad -- 6. After the Fall -- A. News Accounts of the Wilton Disaster -- B. Corrected Casualty List -- C. The Ballad -- D. Possible Tunes -- E. Glossary of Building Terms.
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Summary One fine September day in 1773 the people of Wilton, New Hampshire, gathered to realize their dream, raising the frame of a brand new meetinghouse that would be the literal and symbolic center of this small farming community. But dream became nightmare when a huge center roof beam gave way, dropping fifty-three workers three stories to the ground and collapsing tons of trusswork, planks and joists, and metal tools on them. Five died. Forty-eight were injured, many seriously. The catastrophe might have been lost in history had Charles E. Clark not discovered an heirloom copy of an anonymous, forty-three-stanza ballad memorializing it. Sifting through clues from the ballad and from archival records, Clark pieces together the mystery to give a full picture of the disaster.
His Meetinghouse Tragedy offers a fascinating glimpse into architectural history, popular and folk culture, religious traditions, and the ways communal memories are formed and then endure.
Reproduction Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2011.
System Details Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 9781611680843 (electronic bk.)
1611680840 (electronic bk.)
0585246319 (electronic bk.)
9780585246314 (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 44954381
Additional Format Print version: Clark, Charles E., 1929- Meetinghouse tragedy. Hanover, NH : University of New Hampshire, ©1998 0874518873 (DLC) 98023577 (OCoLC)39051247