05 January 2018

First Night Farmington at the Museum of Farmington History

"First Night Farmington at the Museum of Farmington History"

First Night Farmington debuted on December 31, 2017, and the Farmington Historical Society happily participated in the event.  It was a cold night, but the Society opened the Museum of Farmington History to First Night attendees and provided it's guests with Wassail (hot mulled cider) served with tea cookies to warm the museum visitors.

Saxophonist, Rick Gladding was happy to entertain guests of the museum with a variety of holiday and other tunes.  Some folks sat and listened to Rick play while others explored the museum artifacts.  There is a lot to see and fascinate at the Museum of Farmington History and the guests were not disappointed.

Rick played from 8:00 PM until 9:30 PM, at which time he left to play Auld Lang Syne at the First Congregational Church.  The tune was broadcast through the Church bell system and the song could be heard throughout the town.  We closed up the Museum of Farmington History at 10:00 PM and folks headed over to the bonfire behind Turner Liberty Insurance before ringing in the New Year at the Municipal Building at midnight.  Additional photos can be found in the 2017 First Night Farmington Photo Album on the Farmington Historical Society's Facebook page.

Next Membership Meeting
Our next membership meeting at will be on January 5, at 6:00 PM, in the Museum of Farmington History, lower level of the Goodwin Library.  Consider joining the Historical Society and helping preserve and protect Farmington History.  There is an annual membership fee of $5.00.

Links to Learn More
2017 First Night Farmington Facebook Photo Album  https://www.facebook.com/pg/FarmingtonNHHistory/photos/?tab=album&album_id=2347740331918810


31 December 2017

Purchase of Farmington NH Town Reports, Ledgers, & Farmington NH Woman's Club Book

Two of the most important purchases we made this year were made from a regional antiquarian document dealer. After viewing the items made available from the dealer, we were able to obtain a Farmington Woman's Club book, pictured to the left and an assorted group of ledgers from notable figures in Farmington's past, and bring them back to our town, where they belong.

The Farmington Woman's Club book is in excellent condition and contains many accounts and details from a single year in the history of the club, 1924-1925. The ledgers are also in good condition and give a peek into saving, purchasing, and spending habits, as well as a few financial notes.

We were also able to secure an almost complete collection of town reports from the 1870's to the mid 1950's. We've had some town reports filter in over the years, but nothing that even approached a complete decade, much less three quarters of a century. They are varied in look, color, size, and content, but more importantly contain information such as marriages, births, and deaths, which can be helpful facts when piecing together genealogical stories, family trees, and cross checking historical details. Since most of our town records, and everything in our library at the time, perished in the horrible fire that burned down the Farmington Opera House in 1928, this is a significant contribution to our historical record.

In addition to these purchases, we also found that the University of New Hampshire has made available digital copies of Farmington town reports from the 1950's to the present. This means that one can view reports from the mid nineteenth century all the way through the early twenty-first century with ease.

I keep my eyes open for all such opportunities, but this cache at a regional dealer didn't get my attention until a marvelous resident told me it was available. I encourage all of you to contact us when you find items for possible inclusion in our growing historical collection. Contact me at farmingtonnhhistory@gmail.com with items you would like us to consider.

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

Brothers, David & Richard Furber, Make Large Donation of Family Items

Brothers, David & Richard Furber, longtime, former Farmington residents, made substantial donations this fall of family items to be part of the permanent museum collection. Some of the items included were scores and scores of Furber family photos, two Farmington yearbooks and a Farmington High School diploma, many news articles about Farmington, and a their father's World War II, United States of America, Army uniform, which is in near perfect condition.

The brothers also left a simple narrative of  their father, Myron F. Furber, who lived in Farmington his entire life, minus his time serving in during World War II. They are the grandsons of former Police Chief, F. Leon Furber and his wife, Flora A. Furber.

We greatly appreciate these generous donations and the personal glimpse they give into Furber family history. I'm honored to be the steward of these items. Most have already been protected for permanent display and archiving and I'm looking forward to the day when they are available for the public to see in the online museum.

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

First Congregational Church Celebrating 200 Years In 2019

The public was invited to tour the historic First Congregational Church of Farmington on Sunday, November 12, 2017. People who were married in the church or attended Sunday School since the 1950’s were encouraged to bring photos which will become part of historic displays as the church approaches its 200th anniversary in 2019.

The Farmington Historical Society was able to document the displays as well as photograph some of the notable features of the church, known for its Gothic Revival architecture and beautiful stained glass windows.

View these photos, the brochure for the event, as well as an article about the restoration from New Hampshire Sunday News, December 21, 1975, an item donated to the museum,  this year, by David Furber.

First Congregational Church UCC of Farmington Celebrates 200 Years Brochure

Photos-First Congregational Church UCC of Farmington Celebrates 200 Years

First Congregational Church UCC Church Article Stained Glass Restoration Article

30 December 2017

Farmington First Night Dec 31st - Share Community Spirit

The Farmington Historical Society will be serving wassail (mulled cider) and cookies at the Museum of Farmington History, throughout the First Night Activities on December 31st from 7:00 - midnight.  We will also have on hand the musical stylings of our very own Rick Gladding on the saxophone.   Come-a-wassailing with the Historical Society and enjoy First Night Farmington in style with an historical flair!

Farmington First Night will be December 31st, from 7:00 PM - 12:00 AM. Other activities available include a bonfire, ice skating, movies, live entertainment, karaoke, food vendors, art/photography exhibit, and a photo booth.  Various activities for the kids are planned.

First Night Farmington Buttons are $5.00 and get you discounts at our local businesses and enters you into a 50/50 drawing!

Watch the ball drop and find out who won the baby new year contest, while sipping hot coffee, mulled cider, or hot chocolate.

Please stop by and see us at the Museum of Farmington History!   We will be waiting for.

25 November 2017

Holiday Season Activity- Tree Lighting Ceremony & Much More

The Farmington tree lighting ceremony will be Friday, December 1st this year. The festivities are from 6:30 - 8pm and are located on Central Street. The Farmington Recreation Department will have hot chocolate and treats. There will be music performed by Farmington's own Henry Wilson School and of course special visit from Santa! The DeJulio family has planned to have a memorial table for residents to stop and share stories about Tom DeJulio. There is also a Santa meet & greet, Friday, December 15th, 6-7pm at the Farmington Recreation Department. Read the Seacoast Online story below for the full list of Farmington activities.

  In Farmington: Lots of holiday events on tap

  Farmington Preservation & Improvement Organization

28 September 2017

October 26th-The Capital Crime of Witchcraft-Goodwin Library

The Capital Crime of Witchcraft: What Primary Sources Tell Us

Thu, Oct 26, 2017 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Margo Burns explores an array of prosecutions from 17th century New England, demonstrating how methodically the Salem Court worked. This program focuses on the Salem witchcraft trials of 1692 and 1693, and other cases against women in colonial New England. This is a free event funded by a grant from the New Hampshire Humanities,Council. Goodwin Library 422 Main Street Farmington, NH 03835