Re-enactor makes Revolutionary presentation to RISE class

NASHUA – History came alive once again in the classroom at the RISE program at Rivier University as part of the learning process in The Revolutionary Years class.

Re-enactor David Welch provided an authentic look at the lifestyles of the 18th century as the colonies in North America experienced their struggles toward independence from England. The authentically garbed Colonial Militia member lectured about life in the colony of New Hampshire and highlighted the state’s first Declaration of Independence, which preceded the more famous document signed July 4, 1776.

Welch, a representative in the New Hampshire Legislature and former vice chairman of the Joint Legislative Historical Committee, has been a member of the Colonial Militia since 1965. He has served as historian of the Legislature and has appeared at schools, local fairs and Old Home Days celebrations throughout the state exhibiting colonial gear, weapons and early flags, as well as sharing his knowledge of the history of the region and state.

The Revolutionary Years is a 10-week class focusing on the problems, personalities, philosophy and politics of the new country during the latter part of the 18th century. Class facilitators are Connie Owen, of Hudson, and Mary Bock, of Nashua, both longterm RISE members.

Starting in January, the Rivier Institute for Senior Education program will hold a yearlong celebration of its 20th anniversary. It began under the guidance of the late Dr. Rose Arthur, longtime Rivier faculty member, to offer enriched learning opportunities for area adults in collaboration with the Road Scholar Institute Network.

Individuals 55 and older are welcome to learn more about RISE by visiting and/or

Submitted by Rivier Institute for Senior Education