24 May 2018

#Farmington Historical Society- Lorraine Meyer Gift- #FarmingtonNH #History

Recently, the Farmington Historical Society received yet another large gift from a community remember. Long time, local resident and businesswoman, Lorraine Meyer donated a varied collection of general documents, programs, photographs, postcards, news clippings, and business memorabilia, all related to Farmington.

In all, the collection contains hundreds of items, many which the society does not already have in the museum collection. When sorted, documented, and placed in the museum system, the donation will add to the museum exhibits for culture, schools, buildings, businesses, and notable persons. It contains several dozen Farmington postcards, many which are rare or difficult to find. The donated items are in exceptional condition considering some of them date as far back as the very beginning of the 20th century.

It is with gifts like this that the society is able to continue to build and diversify documentation for the historical record and further develop understanding of our town and those who lived in it before us. We are extremely grateful for this gift from Lorraine and welcome the opportunity to protect these historical treasures.

Kyle Leach, Curator
Farmington NH Historical Society
Museum of Farmington History


23 May 2018

#FarmingtonNH Historical Society #Antiques Appraisal Event Recap

The Antiques Appraisal Event earlier this season was as successful as we hoped it would be!

We had over forty people come to the event to get their items looked at by Caroline French, of Caroline French antiques. Items ranged from books to glassware, ceramics, small collectables and musical instruments, all the way to fine art. One of the most interesting items was a small Dutch oil painting a local couple brought in. I was able to talk with several people about the museum collection and we were able to secure a few new members.

The Society wants to thank the Farmington Woman's Club and Happiness Tree Decor for sponsoring and we want to thank all the volunteers who helped with the event and making the delicious home baked food for sale. The Society would also like to thank the Friends of Farmington for allowing us to advertise in their display window when another group didn't need to use it. It looks like we will have this event again in the future, so keep a lookout in spring for an announcement for the event. Again, we thank the community for supporting our mission and supporting our organization.

Kyle Leach, Curator
Farmington NH Historical Society
Museum of Farmington History


04 May 2018

Two Sides of the Coin: Native American & Early Colonists Cultural Clashed

 From NH Humanities:

Two Sides of the Coin: Native American & Early Colonists Cultural Clashed

But what about the "other side of the coin"?
Recently scholars have taken Indian voices more seriously, resulting in a more nuanced picture of New England’s past. Who were the Native peoples who made this land their home? How did they respond to the problematic presence of Europeans in the region? Why did White settlers view this region to be vacant wilderness? And what efforts were made by people on all sides to promote cultural understanding and come to some mutual agreement?
Inspired by these questions, the Horatio Colony Museum and New Hampshire Humanities offer a series of 2018 programs to help us view Blake’s complex story of capture and release in a new light. The upcoming "Two Sides of the Coin" project is designed to broaden public awareness about the roles of Native indigenous people in our region’s history, and paint a clearer picture of war, captivity, and Native resistance.

Our Beloved Kin: A New History of King Philip’s War

Author and Amherst College professor Dr. Lisa Brooks tells the multi-faceted story of this area, giving a deeper understanding of Native history and place, focusing on the area around Ashuelot, an important space in King Philip’s War and in Mary Rowlandson’s captivity narrative.
Thursday, June 7, 7:00 pm, Cheshire County Court House, 33 Winter Street, Keene

Alnobak: Wearing Our Heritage

Abenaki master artist Vera Longtoe Sheehan, director of the Vermont Abenaki Artist Association and archivist/tribal secretary for the Elnu Abenaki Tribe, presents a gallery talk and introduces an exhibit of Abenaki tribal garments.
Saturday, September 8, 4:30-6:00 pm Horatio Colony House Museum, 199 Main Street, Keene
For more information about these programs and the ongoing exhibit, visit www.horatiocolonymuseum.org.


Too Long in the Shadows: African American History in Rural New Hampshire

From NH Humanities:

Too Long in the Shadows
 Why is understanding African American history in rural New Hampshire relevant to all of the state’s inhabitants, not just people of color? To support a conversation about race, local history, and social equity, New Hampshire Humanities is funding "Too Long in the Shadows: African American History in Rural New Hampshire," a series organized by the Fells Historic Estate and Gardens, on Tuesday, June 1 in Warner and Sunday, June 10 in Newbury.

What are the challenges facing historians researching local history of African Americans? What does this study reveal about the way early local historians interpreted the African American presence in rural New Hampshire? Are similar attitudes still present in the way African Americans are portrayed in contemporary society?
Shadows Fall North Documentary & DiscussionTuesday, June 1, 7:00 pm, Warner Town Hall, 5 E. Main Street, Warner
A documentary focusing on the efforts of two dedicated historic preservationists and activists, Valerie Cunningham of Portsmouth and JerriAnne Boggis of Milford, to recover the stories of people who have been rendered nearly invisible in the historical record.

Too Long in the Shadows, A Talk by Lynn Clark and Rebecca CourserSunday, June 10, 4:00-5:30 pm, Fells Main House, 456 Rte. 103A, Newbury

A talk by Lynn Clark and Rebecca Courser about their research on rural, free-black settlement in post-Revolutionary New Hampshire, documenting stories of many African American inhabitants in five towns in the Kearsarge-Lake Sunapee region. While the histories of these individuals are important in their own right, what they reveal about the attitudes and prejudices of the early local historians is perhaps more relevant.

For information: 763-4789 or email info@thefells.org, or visit www.thefells.org.


Rochester Historical Society -That Reminds Me oa A Story by Rebecca Rule-May 10th

The Rochester Historical Society has received a grant from New Hampshire Humanities to present That Reminds Me of a Story by RebeccaRule on Thursday, May 10, at 7 PM at the Rochester Historical Society Museum at 58 Hanson Street in downtown Rochester.  Stories speak to us of community. They hold our history and reflect our identity.  Becky has made it her mission over the last 20 years to collect stories of New Hampshire, especially those that reflect what's special about this rocky old place. She'll tell some of those stories, her favorites are the funny ones, and invite audience members to contribute a few stories of their own. From Pittsburg to Peterborough (Peeta-burah), Becky is out and about telling and gathering stories with a strong dose of good old-fashioned Yankee humor (humah). She loves to laugh and to get others laughing, too.

Becky is a full-time writer, humorist, and storyteller.  She hasn't visited every town in the Granite State, but pretty close — speaking at libraries, historical societies, rotaries, clubs, church groups, and charitable organizations. Some of her talks are sponsored by the NH Humanities Council, which named her one of 40 Over 40, that is, one of 40 NH folks who over the past 40 years of the Council's existence "have demonstrated what it means to create, teach, lead, assist, and encourage human understanding."

She is the author of eleven books, including N is for New Hampshire. Her other titles include: Headin’ for the Rhubarb: a NH Dictionary (well kinda) and Moved and Seconded: Town Meeting in New Hampshire as well as the children’s picture book, The Iciest Diciest Scariest Sled Ride Ever. For ten years she hosted "The New Hampshire Authors Series" on NHPTV. She currently hosts "Our Hometown" also on NHPTV.

This program is free and open to the public.  Refreshments will follow the meeting.

New Hampshire Humanities nurtures the joy of learning and inspires community engagement by bringing life-enhancing ideas from the humanities to the people of New Hampshire.  They connect people with ideas.  Learn more at www.NHHumanities.org.

For more information, contact the Rochester Historical Society at 603 330-3099 or rochesterhistorical@metrocast.net.

Martha Fowler


Rochester Historical Society


08 April 2018

Presentation On May 4th: Making History - Telling Your Own Story with Stan Freeda

"Making History: Telling Your Own Story"

Friday, May 4th
7:00 pm
in the Museum of Farmington History 
on the lower level of the Goodwin Library

presented by 
Stan Freeda
President, Farmington Historical Society

The Farmington Historical Society actively collects, preserves, and publishes artifacts, relics, and other objects and records that relate to the history of the Town of Farmington. No town artifact or record can give as much insight into the values and lifeblood of a community as a knowledge and understanding of the people who live there. People, past and present, make the community what it is. In the digital age, oral histories and story telling have become popular ways for individuals, families, and communities to leave a legacy for future generations. Currently, the Society is engaged in a Stories of Farmington Initiative, with the goal of capturing stories of the Town of Farmington and the citizens who live there. Many people are hesitant to tell their story for a variety of reasons. They believe that their story may not be interesting. They believe they can't do it properly, or to their satisfaction. Or they just don't think they are important enough to have a story worth preserving. This presentation will attempt to convince you otherwise. You will learn about the Stories of Farmington Initiative, and why it is important for our Town. You will explore ways to tell your story, and be introduced to a process that can help you structure and develop it. We hope that you will be inspired to participate in the Stories of Farmington Initiative and help preserve the rich and colorful living history of our community.

Membership Meeting
There will be a membership meeting at 6:00 PM.  A meet and greet with the presenter along with light refreshments will begin after the meeting at 7:00, with the program starting at 7:15 PM.
The public is welcome to attend all our meetings and programs.  Consider joining the Historical Society and helping preserve and protect Farmington History.  Annual membership dues are $5.00.

Links to Learn More
The Stories Of Farmington Initiative   http://www.farmingtonnhhistory.org/p/stories-of-farmington-initiative.html


06 April 2018

New England Heritage Conference: Step Back in Time to 1918- August 25th to August 28th

Star Island, Isles of Shoals, NH
New England Heritage Program 2018
Explore what life was like a century ago in New England. The “war to end all wars” drew to a close while the Spanish flu pandemic swept the globe. Suffrage and the notion of prohibition dominated parlor conversation. Breakfast cereal and electric streetcars were all the rage and New England sat on the verge of the Roaring 20’s. Spend summer days turning back the clock with activities, speakers and workshops that highlight a century past. Settle into a rocking chair on the porch of the historic Oceanic Hotel gazing out to sea. Join the candlelit procession to the 200 year old chapel on the hill. Be enriched and enchanted at the 2018 New England Heritage conference.


For information on the highlights of the 2018 New England Heritage program, please click here