22 November 2014

A Strong and Active Year Remembered at the Annual Meeting and Pot Luck Dinner

"2014 Annual Meeting and Pot Luck Dinner"

Friday, November 7, 2014
Farmington Historical Society 2014 Elected Officers
Jim Horgan, President
Sylvia Arcouette, Vice President
Joyce White, Secretary
Rebecca Howard, Treasurer
Kyle Leach, Museum Curator
Resta Detwiler, Auditor

There was lots of food and good company at the Pot Luck Dinner this year.  About 30 members were in attendance for the dinner.

The lines form as the dinner bell rings!
The food table had a wide array of new dishes and old favorites.
Members dig in and fill their plates.

After dessert, the members engaged in discussion before the Annual Meeting began.
The 2014 Annual Meeting was the highlight of a strong building year for the Farmington Historical Society.  There was so much that was accomplished since last November.  After the dinner, President, Jim Horgan reminded the membership in attendance of the great accomplishments that the Society has made over the past year.
President Jim gave a special award to his wife, Martha, for her support during his first year.

Past President and Vice President, Dottie Bean, was given an award for her hard work and years of service to the Farmington Historical Society.
Public Relations Chairperson, JoAnn Doke, was honored for her work in promoting the Society.

Secretary Joyce White was honored for her service as the Secretary of the Historical Society.

Judy Thompson was honored for her work in organizing and working with the Museum Curator to improve the Henry Wilson Museum, operated by the Historical Society.

Museum Curator, Kyle Leach, was honored for his hard work in both developing the Museum's online presence and  organizing  and developing consistent protocols for museum artifacts and acquisitions.

Treasurer, Rebecca Howard, was honored for her service as treasurer for the Historical Society.

Resta Detwiler, Membership Chair, was honored for her work with recruiting and communicating with the membership.
In the year since Jim took office, the society has moved full steam ahead into the 21st Century.  The Museum now has a computer and storage necessary to catalog and organize the artifacts.  The website has been refreshed, as has the museum space.  We have increased our meeting to continue over the summer and the work the Society does has been expanded beyond our monthly presentations moreso than it has in the past.  The Society has Tee Shirts and Hats for sale, along with American Flag pins.

Jim hopes to continue the momentum the Society has gained this past year and continue to make improvements, increase membership, and our work done to preserve and record the History of the Town of Farmington.

Consider joining this active and fun group!

11 November 2014

Thank You to Our Veterans and Happy Birthday, Farmington Historical Society!

Farmington Historical Society
November 11, 1949

The name of this organization shall be The Farmington Historical Society, Incorporated.

The object of this organization shall be to furnish an opportunity for united thought and action in collecting, preserving, and publishing whatever may relate to the early and late history of the town of Farmington, to preserve such articles or relics of the early settlers of the country and such records of colonial and later ware and such other objects and records as may be of interest to the Society, and to provide such education as is deemed of interest to the community.

Happy Veteran's Day

History of Veteran's Day from the United States Department of Veteran's Affairs

Harry S. Truman, Proclamation 2862, Armistice Day on The American Presidency Project

Proclamation 2862 - Armistice Day, 1949
October 29, 1949
By the President of the United States of America
A Proclamation

Whereas within a single generation the two most devastating wars in human history brought death or despair to millions; and

Whereas the signing of the World War I Armistice on November 11, 1918, aroused in the hearts of men the ardent hope of a peace that would endure for all time; and

Whereas after the second holocaust men still desperately seek the goal of international accord which stirred their hearts in 1918; and

Whereas the Congress passed a concurrent resolution on June 4, 1926 (44 Stat. 1982), providing for the observance of the anniversary of November 11, 1918, and by an act approved May 13, 1938 (52 Stat. 351), the Congress stipulated that November 11 of each year should, as a legal holiday, be dedicated to the cause of world peace:

Now, Therefore, I, Harry S. Truman, President of the United States of America, do hereby urge the people of the United States to celebrate Friday, November 11, 1949, as Armistice Day by recalling to mind the valor not only of those who brought victory to the Allied banners on November 11, 1918, but also of those who refought freedom's battle for the succeeding generation.

And I invite our citizens to rededicate themselves on November 11, at ceremonies to be held in schools, churches, and other suitable places, to the cause of peace throughout the world. I also direct that the flag of the United States be displayed on all Government buildings on that day.

In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the United States of America to be affixed.

Done at the City of Washington this 29th day of October in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and forty-nine, and of the Independence of the United States of America the one hundred and seventy-fourth.

By the President:

Secretary of State.

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24 October 2014

November 7: Annual Meeting and Pot Luck Dinner

Friday, November 7th
6:30 pm
Congregational Church Vestry
Main Street, Farmington
presented by 
Farmington Historical Society
Officers and Members

Come join us for our annual meeting and Pot Luck Dinner on Friday, November 7 at 6:30 in the vestry of the Congregational Church on main street.  Bring a dish to enjoy with friends. Beverages and desserts will be provided by the Society.  The food will be brought by the membership.   Members  are encouraged to bring family and friends to help us celebrate another great year.  New members are always welcome.  If you ever thought of becoming a member, this is a great time to do it. Please join us.

Tentative Schedule
6:30 PM             Commence Annual Pot Luck Supper.
8:00 PM             (Approx) Historical Society Meeting

Meeting Agenda
Call to Order
Pledge of Alegiance
Secretary's Report: Review of October, 2014 meeting minutes
Treasurer’s Report
Year in Review
Awards Ceremony
Looking Ahead
Continued Reorganization of the Henry Wilson Museum Continued Cataloging of Museum Contents Continued Search for Mold Solution Update membership list/dues/contact info/cards. - Resta Discuss Appraisal of museum contents and preparation. December meeting - 5 Dec. back at museum. Upcoming Presentations
December presentation - Ray Turmelle - African Sound Slide
January/February 2015 - No scheduled meetings. 
April Presentation: Darryl Thompson on the Shaker Legacy 
May Presentation: Glenn Knoblock on Cover Bridges in NH 
March and June - Still need presenters - Brendan Smith TBD.
June - Last Formal Meeting of the Season. Will continue with work sessions/meetings throughout the summer months.
Refreshments - Volunteers for upcoming meetings. Still Looking for volunteers to open the Museum - weekly, monthly, whatever arrangement permits a schedule. Still looking for ideas for resale items - Something unique to Farmington - more like souvenirs - post cards, key chains, trinkets. Volunteer Committee: Create Binders of Significant Events and Significant Inventions - Last two hundred years + or -.
Annual Election of Officers
Other new business
Next Meeting:  December 5 Travels Through Africa with Ray Turmelle
Annual Dues are due, so bring your $5.00!  At these rates, the entire family can join!
After the meal, we will conduct a brief business meeting.  New officers will be elected for the coming year.  If you would like to run for office or nominate a candidate, please contact us at FarmingtonNHHistory@gmail.com and let us know.

Hope to see you at the Annual Meeting!

26 September 2014

October 3rd 2014 Presentation- A Trip Through Poe-Land presented by J.W. Ocker


Friday, October 3rd 2014
7:00 pm
Goodwin Library
Historical Society Museum

presented by 
J. W. Ocker
Author of two award-winning macabre travelogues

Edgar Allan Poe was an oddity. His life was odd, his literature is odd, his legacy is odd. Actually, his legacy is the oddest part about him. In Poe-Land: The Hallowed Haunts of Edgar Allan Poe, J. W. Ocker explores Poe’s strange physical legacy along the U.S. East Coast and across the ocean by touring Poe’s homes, examining artifacts from his life—locks of his hair, pieces of his coffin, original manuscripts, the bed where his wife died—and traveling to the many memorials dedicated to him.

Along the way, Ocker meets Poe fans from a range of backgrounds and professions—actors, museum managers, writers, business people, professors, collectors, sculptors, historians—who have dedicated some part of their lives to Poe and his legacy. Poe-Land is a unique travel diary that follows the afterlife of the poet, author, and critic who invented detective fiction, advanced the emerging genre of science fiction, and elevated the horror genre with an unrivaled mastery over the macabre that has made the genre what it is today.
J. W. OCKER is the author of two award-winning macabre  travelogues, The New England Grimpendium and The New York Grimpendium. He runs the website OTIS: Odd Things I’ve Seen (www.oddthingsiveseen.com), where he chronicles his visits to oddities of nature, history, art, and culture. Ocker was born in the state where Poe died and now lives in New England. His work has appeared on CNN.com and TheAtlantic.com, as well as in Rue Morgue magazine, the Boston Globe, and other places people stick writing. He has a wife, two daughters, and a black cat.

Learn More

OTIS: Odd Things I’ve Seen

05 September 2014

Historical Society September Meeting Tonight

Friday, September 5th
7:00 pm
Henry Wilson Museum Museum
Goodwin Library


Call to Order
Pledge of Allegiance
Review of Minutes: August 2014
Treasurer’s Report
2014-15 Presentations: Discussion
Town Pound: Clean-up  Completed Thanks to Stan Freeda, Kyle Leach, and Rodney Thompson.
Website Updates/Social Media
Hayday:  Discussion/Review
Meetings:   October -  3 Oct - Presentation: J.W. Ocker. Refreshment to be provided.
        November - 7 Nov - Annual Meeting - Pot luck  - Elections. To be held in Congregational Church.
Other Business

Step out of your high-stress, high-tech world for a few moments and savor the classic Christmas adventure - choosing your own tree from high on a hill at Sundance Farm.  Susan will share the experiences of Christmas Tree farming in New Hampshire. Her farm has 100s of season-ready, hand-sheared fir and pine, in many varieties, that you can harvest on your own.  There is also a just-cut selection. Sundance Farm also has wreaths to grace your front door.

26 August 2014

Article-The History, Science and Poetry of New England’s Stone Walls

The June issue of Earth magazine had a wonderful article on the history and science of new England's stone walls. The article was written by John-Manuel Andriote and it is a good read for those very familiar with our famous walls or those who don't know anything about them. Two parts of the article that are a real treat. The first is a series of dioramas from the Fisher Museum that chronicle landscape history and the second is a pictorial identifying key for stone walls, great for activities with children.

Hay Day 2014 Recap and Photos

The Farmington Historical Society would like to thank everyone who stopped by our Hay Day booth and visited the Museum on Saturday. It was a pleasure to talk with all of you. We were excited you liked the balloons and the new Farmington Historical Society t-shirts and baseball caps. We hope to see you when our free monthly presentations start back up in October or for our regular monthly Historical Society business meeting in September. Again, thank you for your support.

Jim Horgan, the president of the Farmington Historical Society, wants to issue a giant thank you to Joann Doke, Joyce White, Resta Detwiler, Judy Thompson, and Martha Horgan for tending the Hay Day booth and the Henry Wilson Museum for the Farmington Historical Society and to Rebecca Howard, Stan Freeda and Kyle Leach for all the prep work.