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The Queens of Hampton Beach, New Hampshire: The History of the Carnival Queens and Miss Hampton Beach Beauty Pageant, 1915-2015 Paperback – January 12, 2017
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Praise for The Queens of Hampton Beach
"A fitting tribute to all those involved in one of the Seacoast's longest running and most cherished traditions. Let's have a warm round of applause for The Queens - the very jewels that adorn the crown - of Hampton Beach."--Don McNeill of The Continentals.
"A must-have for anyone who loves Hampton Beach! Packed with great photos and interesting stories, not just about the evolution of our local beauty queens, but about the development of the beach itself."--Betty Moore, Tuck Museum Executive Director.
"This book, a true treasure, not only chronicles the rich history of Hampton Beach but of the pageant that has touched so many and set the stage for success in many endeavors of my life. I remain forever grateful."--Sheila T. Scott, Miss Hampton Beach 1964.
From the Inside Flap
Beauty contests seem to evoke strong opinions, both for and against. To supporters they are a form of entertainment; enjoyable social activities that help build contestants' self-confidence and poise. To detractors they are an affront to what it means to be a woman in the twenty-first century. No doubt truth can be found on both sides of the issue, but as historians we are neither for nor against beauty contests, and we happily leave it to others to argue their merits.
Our mission is to tell the untold story of one of the longest-running traditions at Hampton Beach, New Hampshire--that of young women vying for the title of Queen of the beach. That the tradition had recently passed its century mark lent timeliness and relevance to our mission, and in August 2016 we were pleased to present to the Hampton community the documentary video 100 Years At The Beach: The History of the Carnival Queens and Miss Hampton Beach Pageant, 1915-2015. Now we are equally as pleased to present this book to the general public.
~Cheryl Lassiter & Karen Raynes
Thanks to individual contributors Stephanie Lussier, Marilyn Atkinson Tilbury, Ed Parent, Tami Mallett, Carole Wheeler Walles, John Kane, Katie Widen Reardon, Betty Moore, Elly Becotte, Julene Britt, Sheila Scott, Frances Houlihan, Claire Henneka Service, Bob Dennett, Al Casassa, Fred Rice, Linda Gebhart, Louise McDevitt, Shanna Clarke, and Don McNeill. Thanks also to the Hampton Historical Society for their support.