28 November 2015

December 4: Meet for Refreshments After the Tree Lighting

After the Farmington Tree Lighting"

Friday, December 4th

in the Henry Wilson Museum 
Goodwin Library lower level

presented by 
Farmington Historical Society
Henry Wilson Museum

Join us on Friday, December 4 at the Farmington Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Firehouse Parking Lot at 6:30 PM.  The Historical Society will be present to watch the ceremony and sing carols.  After the tree lighting, folks are invited back to the Henry Wilson Museum for some light and warming refreshments.

Following the reception, the Society will have a brief meeting to address plans for the coming year.  Join us.

31 October 2015

November 6: Annual Pot Luck Dinner Meeting

Friday, November 6th
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 6th 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 and Election of Officers

Historical Society dues are due at the Annual Pot Luck Meeting, 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 Pot Luck Meeting to welcome in our new year!

13 September 2015

October 2 Presentation: Songs of New Hampshire with Don Watson

"Songs of New Hampshire"

Friday, October 2nd
7:00 pm
in the Henry Wilson Museum 
Goodwin Library lower level

presented by 
Don Watson

The Farmington Historical Society's 2015-2016 Free Presentation series will begin on October 2 when Don Watson performs his songs about New Hampshire.  Don has previously been our guest presenter for the Farmington Historical Society in October, 2013.  It was a popular presentation in the series, so Don was asked to return and perform again.

Don Watson is a singer/songwriter from Gilford, NH, who’s music has been compared to John Denver, Jim Croce and Dan Fogelberg. His songs are upbeat, inspiring and easy on the ears. Don's newest project "Welcome Home New Hampshire" is a collection of songs based on people, places and events of the granite state. Don partnered with Steve Redic, a poet and historian from Candia, NH in the writing of these songs.

Don works for the state Department of Environmental Services and is an active conservationist and avid outdoorsman.  He coordinates the Belknap Range Hiking Patch program and tries to promote awareness and respect for nature through this and his music. Songs from his album, Welcome Home New Hampshire, have had air time on many NH radio stations. He regularly performs at historical societies, libraries and museums and continues to book events in the area.
Although considered a solo artist, Don often performs with several talented Lakes Region musicians to form the "Don Watson and Friends Band".  Don has performed at several larger NH venues including Meadowbrook, Franklin Opera House, Hopkinton fair, and many cafe's, restaurants, farmers markets and festivals.   You can find our more about Don and his music online at www.DonWatsonMusic.com.

On November 6, the Society will have its Annual Pot Luck Dinner meeting.  Officer elections will be held at the November meeting.  Membership is $5.00, but our presentations are open to the public.  Light refreshments are provided.  Come join us and see what we're all about.

Learn More

Don Watson Music on the Web

07 August 2015

Franklin Delano Roosevelt's Funeral Train Talk in Milton

"Franklin Delano Roosevelt's Funeral Train"

Wednesday, August 26th
6:45 pm
in the American Legion Hall 
Steeple Street, Milton

presented by 
Carl Lindblade
Affiliate Professor
University of New Hampshire

Spread the word!  Deception, Cover Up Betrayal, A Russian Spy, the A Bomb, A Nation Mourns, A White Cadillac Convertible.  A Russian Portrait Painter, all in four days of history!
Soldiers Helpers is hosting this event.  There is no admission charge.  Instead, if able, please consider bringing an item for a Troop Care Package.  Items in need are: white crew socks, boxer shorts, plain T-shirts (not white), and DVDs.  They will also be passing the hat to give the volunteer speaker a small stipend.  Light refreshments will be served.

Any questions, please call Alice at 603-781-4195

An old newsreel about the funeral.

Carl Lindblade speaks about the FDR Funeral Train in this clip from a past talk.

Learn More

Soldiers Helpers on the Web

Funeral of President Roosevelt on You Tube

The Presidency:  Franklin D. Roosevelt Funeral Train on You Tube

03 July 2015

Central Street Comparisons-How Many Differences Can You See?

Once Farmington had a robust town center, Central Street has been one of the busiest, well known streets in town. The street and the surrounding areas have changed over the years. While we were sorting through our vast catalog of photos we came across these three photographs of the street, three times, just a few years apart. The views are from different angles. Some of the differences are striking, others more mundane. Click on the picture to enlarge it.  Study the pictures and leave a comment that answers these questions.
  • How many differences can you find?  
  • Which picture do you think was taken first?   
  • Which photo was taken next? 
  • Which picture was taken last?  
  • What clues did you use to order these photos?

A Peek at the Farmington Souvenir Ceramic Collection of Farmington Resident Norma Park-Part 1

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to visit longtime local resident Norma Park and take a look at the items she had chosen to collect over the years. Norma has many special and unusual items in her collection, as well as the ordinary, but I specifically visited her to see her collection of Farmington, New Hampshire souvenir ceramics. The were ceramic plates, dishes, etc. produced as souvenir trinkets for travelers coming through our town and were sold by several of our department stores in the last portion of the 19th century. I hope you enjoy looking at them as much as I did. Thank you Norma for letting everyone have a chance to see them.