27 November 2016

Historical Society Serving Cookies at the Annual Farmington Tree Lighting Event

"Annual Farmington Tree Lighting"

Friday, December 2nd
6:30 pm
outside in the Town Square 

In lieu of our December Meeting, the Historical Society will participate in the annual Tree Lighting in Farmington.  The Farmington Annual Tree Lighting will be held on Friday, December 2, at 6:30 pm at the Town Tree at the Town Square on Central and Main Streets.  The festivities will include Caroling, Hot Chocolate, provided by the Recreation Department, and Cookies, provided by the Historical Society.  Come, bring the kids and enjoy the festivities. Don't forget, Santa will arrive soon after the tree lighting!

The Historical Society will next meet on Friday,  January 6th at 5:30 in the Henry Wilson Museum.  We will not have a presentation, but will have several things to discuss, so please mark your calendars.  Dues are $5.00 and it is a great time to join!  Hope to see you there.
Last year's Tree Lighting held at the Fire Station
The Recreation Center crew also  served Hot Chocolate at last year's Tree Lighting.
Santa always makes an appearance at the Farmington Tree Lighing.  Here he is at the 2015 Lighting.

05 November 2016

Historical Society Marks Another Year

"Celebrating the Annual Meeting"

On November 4th, the Farmington Historical Society marked its 67th year with the Annual Meeting and Pot Luck Dinner.  There was plenty of food and good company as the Society thanked it past officers and elected a new set for the coming year. 

Most of the officers were returning to continue to serve the Society as they have for many years.
The Society wishes to convey a huge Thank You to Jim Horgan for his leadership over the past few years as Society President.  Jim stepped down from the presidency, but promises to be an active member and we look forward to his continued support and guidance. Taking over for Jim, is Stan Freeda, who was elected as the new President.  We also lost our Auditor Resta Detwiler, who is moving away from Farmington.  Martha Horgan was elected as our new Auditor to replace her.  Continuing in their leadership roles are Vice President Sylvia Arcouette, Treasurer Rebecca Howard, Secretary Joyce White, and Curator Kyle Leach.   

Congratulations to all the new officers.  We look forward to another great year for the Society as we continue efforts to preserve Farmington's history.

Membership in the Society is $5.00 and everyone is welcome to join.  The Society meets on the first Friday of the month, March through December.

09 October 2016

November 4: Annual Pot Luck Dinner Meeting

Friday, November 4th
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 4th 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!

23 September 2016

October 7: Your Hit Parade — 25 Years Presenting America’s Top Popular Songs with Calvin Knickerbocker

"Your Hit Parade — 25 Years Presenting America’s Top Popular Songs"

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

presented by 
Calvin Knickerbocker
Independent Scholar

“Your Hit Parade” aired on radio and then on television from 1935 to 1959. The weekly Saturday-night show set the standard for American popular music. Knickerbocker will outline the show’s history as a “tastemaker” featuring songs inspired by the Great Depression and on through the advent of rock ‘n’ roll. And, he’ll explore the show’s relationship with sponsor American Tobacco and Lucky Strike cigarettes.  The audience will get to listen to excerpts from Hit Parade songs and musicians, from one-hit wonders to classic songs familiar today.

Calvin Knickerbocker is an independent scholar who has developed and taught courses on American musical history — from big bands, to folk music and to the music of Broadway  - and he has taught at RISE, Nashua’s Rivier Institute for Senior Education, since 1999.

Presentation sponsored by the New Hampshire Humanities Council.

Learn More

Your Hit Parade — 25 Years Presenting America’s Top Popular Songs on the NH Humanities Council Website

1946 HITS ARCHIVE: Rumors Are Flying - Andrews Sisters & Les Paul on You Tube

08 May 2016

June 3: A Walk Back in Time: The Secrets of Cellar Holes with Adair Mulligan

"A Walk Back in Time: The Secrets of Cellar Holes"

Friday, June 3rd
7:00 pm
in the Henry Wilson Museum 
Goodwin Library lower level

presented by 
Adair Mulligan
Historical Author

Northern New England is full of reminders of past lives: stone walls, old foundations, a century-old lilac struggling to survive as the forest reclaims a once-sunny dooryard. What forces shaped settlement, and later abandonment, of these places? Adair Mulligan explores the rich story to be discovered in what remains behind. See how one town has set out to create an inventory of its cellar holes, piecing together the clues in the landscape. Such a project can help landowners know what to do if they have archaeological sites on their land and help stimulate interest in a town's future through its past.

Adair Mulligan has a runaway curiosity about the natural and cultural history of northern New England. Author of The Gunstock Parish, A History of Gilford, New Hampshire, she has also contributed to Proud to Live Here in the Connecticut River Valley; Where the Great River Rises, An Atlas of the Upper Connecticut River and Beyond the Notches: Stories of Place in New Hampshire's North Country. Executive director of the Hanover Conservancy, she served for 20 years as Conservation Director of the Connecticut River Joint Commissions. Mulligan holds a master's degree from Smith College.

This event is sponsored by the NH Humanities Council.

Learn More

A Walk Back in Time: The Secrets of Cellar Holes on the NH Humanities Council Website

A Walk Back in Time: The Secrets of Cellar Holes presentation from CATV 8

A Walk Back in Time: The Secrets of Cellar Holes from CATV 8 on Vimeo.

Image Credit

02 April 2016

Lindsay Buote Recipient of Farmington Historical Society Scholarship

L to R: Martha Horgan, scholarship recipient Lindsay Buote, President Jim Horgan, JoAnn Doke, and Dottie Bean
Each year, the Farmington Historical Society awards a scholarship to a deserving Farmington Senior. The scholarship is awarded after successful completion of at least one semester in college.  The 2015 recipient was Lindsay Buote, who is attending Suffolk University, majoring in Government and International Relations.  When asked what her future plans are: she said that she was taking some time off from school to join the U.S. Marines and will soon undergo recruit training at Parris Island, SC.  President Jim Horgan, and Historical Society members, Martha Horgan, JoAnn Doke, and Dottie Bean, recently caught up with Lindsay to present her with the scholarship check.  

26 February 2016

March 4: Sandborn Mills Farm with Tim Huppe

"Sanborn Mills Farm"

Friday, March 4th
7:00 pm
in the Henry Wilson Museum 
Goodwin Library lower level

presented by 
Tim Huppe
Sandborn Mills farm Farm Manager

Tim Huppe is Farm Manager and instructor for oxen workshops at Sanborn Mills Farm. Tim attended the Thompson School of Applied Science at the University of New Hampshire and worked in the construction and lumber industries, before joining Sanborn Mills Farm.  Tim and his wife Wendy are longtime supporters of New Hampshire’s 4-H program and all four daughters are skilled teamsters. Tim has taught oxen workshops nationally including at Colonial Williamsburg, VI; Old Sturbridge Village, MA; Tillers International , MI; and Ferrum College, VI. Tim is also an accomplished ox yoke maker and is a past contributor to The Small Farm Journal and Rural Heritage magazines.

Sanborn Mills Farm is a traditional New Hampshire farm and nonprofit organization dedicated to sustainability, creativity, and preserving folklife and agricultural knowledge so that the best of the past can help shape our future.

Tim is a lifelong resident of Farmington.

Learn More

Sandborn Mills Farm on the Web

Following the presentation, there will be a reception. Light refreshments will be served.  The public is invited and encouraged to attend.

A business meeting of Society Members will be conducted following the reception.  Membership in the Society is $5.00 annually.  Please join and help us build Farmington's Future by preserving its Past!