William James, the famous psychologist and the father of the philosophical school of pragmatism, died in Chocorua in 1910, his ashes buried somewhere on the property here (now owned by Joan and Tom Peters). For the centenary of his death, James Societies around the U.S. and the world are planning to hold memorial events. The Chocorua Community Association, spearheaded by Kent Schneider, is working with Professor Paul Croce, the president of the U.S. James Society, to organize a two-day symposium in August 2010 that will focus on James’ life here from the time he bought the Adam Lepper farm and 90 acres of land in 1887.
An ad hoc committee of Kent Schneider, Tom Peters and Jim Bowditch will be meeting with Professor Croce early this September to discuss what events, displays, etc. would be appropriate. If anyone has information, anecdotal or otherwise, about James’ life in Chocorua, we would appreciate hearing from you.
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