25 November 2017

Community Spirit-Start Of Farmington First Night Dec 31st


Farmington First Night will be December 31st, from 7pm-12am. Activities will include a bonfire, ice skating, movies, live entertainment, karaoke, food vendors, art/photography exhibit, photo booth, various activities for the kids are planned, and the Farmington Museum of History will be open with hot cider. Watch the ball drop and find out who won the baby new year contest, while sipping hot coffee or hot chocolate. Please stop by and see us at the museum!






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

15 September 2017

October 6: The Forgotten Side of the American Revolution

"The Forgotten Side of the American Revolution"


Friday, October6th
7:00 pm
in the Henry Wilson Museum 
Goodwin Library lower level

presented by 
Jeff Durell
Revolutionary War Reenactor
Social Studies Teacher


Jeff Durell has been a historical reenactor for thirty years. His program will consist of telling the forgotten side of the American Revolution through the eyes of the British Soldier. The program will include stories, a manual of arms, and a display of the kit and accouterments of the British Soldier while in service in America. Jeff welcomes questions from the audience and promises an interactive and engaging experience.  When not reenacting Revolutionary War battles, or presenting as his alter ego, the, Dreadful Grenadier,  Jeff teaches middle school social studies in Barrington.  

Membership Meeting
There will be a membership meeting prior to the presentation 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
Revolutionary War Reenacting    http://www.revolutionarywarreenacting.com/


Revolutionary War Reenactment Sturbridge Village, MA  2015    https://youtu.be/Xghy2LjV-JI




 

09 September 2017

November 3rd Historical Society Hosts membership Pork Roast Dinner and Annual Meeting

          "Roast Pork Dinner"


Friday, November 3
6:00 pm
in the First Congregational Church Vestry

presented by 
Farmington Historical Society
at our Annual Meeting




This year, the Historical Society is breaking with our traditional Pot Luck and opting for a catered meal.  The meal will be provided by the Mustard Seed Café, the community meal group that features a donation community meal on the first and third Sundays of the month, October through April.  

This year our menu will feature Roast Pork with potato, gravy, side vegetable, and dessert.  Vegetarians can enjoy lasagna, and there will be a gluten free option for those who request it in advance.

The dinner is $10.00, payable to the Farmington Historical Society, in advance to reserve your seat.  We need a count by October 20, so please mark your calendars and reserve your seat now.  Our Treasurer, Rebecca Howard, will be accepting cash or checks for your reservation.  Contact her, or any member of the Historical Society to reserve your seat.  

We will have a brief meeting after the meal, celebrate our past year of successes in the Society and elect a new slate of officers for the coming year.  Dues will be due at the Annual meeting and are $5.00 per person.  

If you are not currently a member, you can join and attend the dinner, or just join us for dinner!

Learn More About
The Mustard Seed Café at www.TheMustardSeedCafe.org.


 

01 September 2017

Osgood Pharmacy Collection Digitized At New Hampshire Historical Society


The New Hampshire Historical Society has just finished processing the Osgood Pharmacy Collection from Farmington, NH. They have been working on documenting this collection since 1992, when they acquired it from Donna Osgood. The collection consists of nearly1500 items, which has been parred down to 620 items, for digitized online viewing. Please visit this Osgood Pharmacy Collection link to view the relevant items.

As the caption for the picture above notes, at the opening of the Odd Fellows Hall, in 1896, the street floor was the Roberts Drug Store. In 1953 the drug store was sold to Twink Osgood and then it was sold to Don Marble, a long term business partner of Osgood.




 

30 August 2017

Society Meeting: Friday, September 1

"Historical Society Members Meeting"


Friday, September 1st
6:00 pm
in the Museum of Farmington History 
Goodwin Library lower level



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.  Annual membership dues are $5.00.

Tentative Agenda
Call to Order
Secretary’s Report
Treasurer’s Report
Curator’s Report
President’s Report
Old Business
    Programming and Refreshments for Presentations
    Membership Drive
    Hay Day Historical Society Presence
    Eastman House
    Any Other Old Business
New Business
Next Meeting
October 6, 2017.  6:00 PM in the Museum.  Jeff Durrell, Revolutionary War reenactment. Confirmed.
We need contact him to get a photo and a brief synopsis of the presentation, so we can publicize it properly.
Adjournment




 

02 August 2017

August 4th - Membership Meeting at 6:00 PM



"August Membership Meeting and Stories of Farmington Initiative"

Friday, August 4th
6:00 pm
in the Mistorical Society Museum 
Goodwin Library lower level
Membership Meeting



Membership Meeting
There will be a membership meeting at 6:00 PM.
The public is welcome to attend all our meetings and programs.  Annual membership dues are $5.00.


Tentative Agenda
     Call to Order
     Secretary's Report
     Treasurer's Report     
     Curator's Report    
     Hay Day Participation
     Stories of Farmington Initiative
     Fall Programming
     Other New Business
     Adjournment



Stories of Farmington Initiative
Following the monthly membership meeting, which will be from 6:00 - 7:00 PM, the recording team will stay in the museum to record any Farmington residents who want to share their favorite stories about Farmington. Whether it be about past town events, family memories, friendships, favorite objects, come join us and share your memory of Farmington's past.

The Farmington Historical Society has begun its "Stories of Farmington Initiative".  We're going to make history come alive through storytelling.  This is an ongoing and participatory project in which volunteer townsfolk are recorded sharing their favorite stories about Farmington. Whether it be about past town events, family memories, friendships, favorite objects, come participate and share your memory of Farmington's past. If you just want to listen and learn, that's fine.  

Want to participate but are not sure what you can offer?  To prepare a bit in advance, plan to take about 3-5 minutes to tell your story about you and your relationship to Farmington.  Your story should answer the following questions:
  • Who are you and how long have you been in Farmington?
  • What is it you want to talk about:  object, event, location, time, family, etc?  
  • How does this relate to both you and to Farmington?
  • Why did you select this particular story?  Why is it important to you?
While we would eventually like to post the stories in the online museum capture, we mainly want to collect a living history or primary source material about Farmington's past as remembered by its current citizens.  If you only want to share your story for historical purposes, we will not post it online, or make it public in any way.  We will just archive it for the future historians to review. But if you want to share your recording, we can do that as well!

The program is open to all and all are welcome.





 

02 July 2017

July 7 Membership Meeting at 6:00 PM

"July Membership Meeting and Stories of Farmington Initiative"

Friday, July 7th
6:00 pm
in the Henry Wilson Museum 
Goodwin Library lower level
Membership Meeting
Stories of Farmington Initiative

Membership Meeting
There will be a membership meeting at 6:00 PM.
The public is welcome to attend all our meetings and programs.  Annual membership dues are $5.00.

Stories of Farmington Initiative
Following the monthly membership meeting, which will be from 6:00 - 7:00 PM, the recording team will stay in the museum to record any Farmington residents who want to share their favorite stories about Farmington. Whether it be about past town events, family memories, friendships, favorite objects, come join us and share your memory of Farmington's past.

The Farmington Historical Society has begun its "Stories of Farmington Initiative".  We're going to make history come alive through storytelling.  This is an ongoing and participatory project in which volunteer townsfolk are recorded sharing their favorite stories about Farmington. Whether it be about past town events, family memories, friendships, favorite objects, come participate and share your memory of Farmington's past. If you just want to listen and learn, that's fine.  

Want to participate but are not sure what you can offer?  To prepare a bit in advance, plan to take about 3-5 minutes to tell your story about you and your relationship to Farmington.  Your story should answer the following questions:
  • Who are you and how long have you been in Farmington?
  • What is it you want to talk about:  object, event, location, time, family, etc?  
  • How does this relate to both you and to Farmington?
  • Why did you select this particular story?  Why is it important to you?
While we would eventually like to post the stories in the online museum capture, we mainly want to collect a living history or primary source material about Farmington's past as remembered by its current citizens.  If you only want to share your story for historical purposes, we will not post it online, or make it public in any way.  We will just archive it for the future historians to review. But if you want to share your recording, we can do that as well!

The program is open to all and all are welcome.





 

20 May 2017

June 2: Conversations About Farmington History with Farmington Residents

"Conversations About Farmington History"




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

presented by 
Volunteer Audience Members
Sharing Farmington Stories


We're trying something new at the Farmington Historical Society.  We're going to make history come alive through story telling.  This will be a participatory event in which volunteers in the audience will share their favorite stories about Farmington. Whether it be about past town events, family memories, friendships, favorite objects, come join us and share your memory of Farmington's past. If you just want to listen and learn, that's fine.  No pressure.  Refreshments will be served at 7:00 PM and our program will start at 7:15. You do not have to participate to attend. The program is open to all and all are welcome.
Planning Ahead to Participate?  Plan to take about 3-5 minutes and tell us:
  • Who you are and how long you have been in Farmington.
  • What it is you want to talk about:  object, event, location, time, family, etc.
  • How it relates to Farmington.
  • Why it is important to you.
We would like to capture your stories on video for a documentary we are making, but if you want to share but opt out of recording, you can do so!

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.  Annual membership dues are $5.00.

Links to Learn More
Story Corp  We're basing out ideas on the Story Corps project.
https://storycorps.org/



 

Abraham and Mary Lincoln: The Long and the Short of It with Steve and Sharon Wood at the Rochester Historical Society

"Abraham and Mary Lincoln: The Long and the Short of It"

The Rochester Historical Society has received a grant from New Hampshire Humanities to present “Abraham and Mary Lincoln: The Long and the Short of It” on Thursday, June 8, at 7 PM at the Rochester Historical Society Museum at 58 Hanson Street in downtown Rochester.
Steve and Sharon Wood, from Claremont, will present “Abraham and Mary Lincoln: the Long and the Short of It," a living history program set in 1861. Having only recently arrived in Washington, the Lincolns are seen spending some quiet time together, reminiscing about the distinctly different paths that led each of them to Springfield, Illinois, where they met, married and began their family. Despite their different backgrounds, they shared strong political ambitions and worked together to secure Lincoln’s election to the Presidency. After the program, the Woods will step out of character and answer audience questions.
Historical presenters specializing in 19th century American history, Steve and Sharon Wood have been researching and portraying the Lincolns since 1995. They are members of the Association of Lincoln Presenters (ALP) and were awarded the organization's Glen Schnizlein Memorial Award for the Best Abraham & Mary Lincoln Team for both 2003 and 2006. Steve took 2nd place in the Lincoln Look-Alike Contest held in Hodgenville, Kentucky in 2000. There is information about their programs at Telling His-Story (and Hers) on Facebook and on their website: http://his-story.atspace.com 
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.




 

16 April 2017

May 5: A Visit with Abraham Lincoln with Steve Wood

"A Visit with Abraham Lincoln"
Friday, May 5th
7:00 pm
in the Multipurpose Room
Valley View Community School
presented by 
Steve Wood
Association of Lincoln Presenters
New Hampshire Humanities Council Presenter


Abraham Lincoln, portrayed by Steve Wood, begins this program by recounting his early life and ends with a reading of the "Gettysburg Address." Along the way he comments on the debates with Stephen Douglas, his run for the presidency, and the Civil War.  

Steve Wood, a graduate of the University of Maine, School of Forestry, worked for nearly thirty years with the UNH Cooperative Extension as an Extension Educator in Forest Resources, retiring at the end of 2003. He has been researching and presenting Living History programs as Abraham Lincoln since 1995. Steve is a member of the Association of Lincoln Presenters, the League for the Advancement of New England Storytelling, and the NH Storytelling Alliance.



This program is supported by the New Hampshire Humanities Council.



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.  Annual membership dues are $5.00.

Links to Learn More
Humanities Council Presenter Steve Wood   http://www.nhhumanities.org/presenters/steve-wood



 

21 March 2017

March-Women’s History Month

Women’s History Month


We are more than half way through Women’s History Month but there is plenty of time to learn about the contributions of women through history.

Women’s History Month had its origins as a national celebration in 1981 when Congress passed authorized and requested the President to proclaim the week beginning March 7, 1982 as “Women’s History Week." Throughout the next five years, Congress continued to pass joint resolutions designating a week in March as "Women’s History Week." In 1987 after being petitioned by the National Women’s History Project, Congress designated the month of March 1987 as “Women’s History Month." Between 1988 and 1994, Congress passed additional resolutions requesting and authorizing the President to proclaim March of each year as Women’s History Month.

Since 1995, all Presidents have issued a series of annual proclamations designating the month of March as “Women’s History Month.”  

You can learn more about Women's History by visiting Women's History Month on the web at WomensHistoryMonth.gov.



Links to Learn More

National Women's History Museum
https://www.nwhm.org/

The National Women's History Project
http://www.nwhp.org/

National Museum of Women In the Arts
https://nmwa.org/

For short articles and pictures, visit “A National Policy of Nagging” on Pinterest at https://www.pinterest.com/usnatarchives/a-national-policy-of-nagging.




 

06 March 2017

April 7: Friends of Farmington with Kathy King

"Friends of Farmington"


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

presented by 
Kathy King
Friends of Farmington


Friends of Farmington believes that addressing challenges in a positive and proactive manner can make Farmington a more vibrant and productive community.
In addition to providing support to other organizations that share this mindset, we have recently taken on a unique project of our own.
Friends of Farmington has entered into an agreement to purchase the historic Mason building located on Main St. The three story building has been vacant for some time and was recently renovated following a fire. It is just the place to put our plan into action. Our vision is to provide a place within the community to propel economic development with job skill training and resume writing, and foster small business by providing affordable incubator space. In addition, we will support our friends in Recovery by providing meeting space to support their efforts.
We have kicked off our fundraising efforts with a letter writing campaign, and will continue to work toward raising the roughly $100,000 needed to fund the building purchase as well as capital improvements.


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.  Annual membership dues are $5.00.

Links to Learn More
Friends of Farmington on Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/FriendsofFarmington/



 


04 March 2017

March 3: FIlm - "September 11, 2011: Farmington NH Remembers" with Stephanie Piro

"September 11, 2011:  Farmington NH Remembers"


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

presented by 
Stephanie Piro
Writer, Artist, Resident


In the Fall of 2011, Rochester Times writer, and  artist, Stephanie Piro had and idea.  The tenth anniversary of the 9-11 attacks was comin up and Stephanie thought it would be interesting to see how some of our townspeople experienced that day year years prior.  So on the morning of September 11, 2011, she and videographer, Stan Freeda, headed for a walk around town.  They interviewed folks they came upon, who agreed to be interviewed and filmed.  The questions were simple.  Where were you on September 11, 2001, and how did you find out about the attacks?  The footage was then edited and compiled by Kyle Leach into a 25 minute documentary film, "September 11, 2011: Farmington NH Remembers". 



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.  Annual membership dues are $5.00.

Links to Learn More
Farmington NH Remembers- September 11th Documentary on You Tube
https://youtu.be/8BQTOQvG_UM



 


03 February 2017

February--African American History Month



The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of African Americans who struggled with adversity to achieve full citizenship in American society.  




Shadows Fall North Documentary Screening



Shadows Fall North Screening

Shadows Fall North, a documentary produced by the UNH Center for the Humanities and Atlantic Media Productions, supported in part by New Hampshire Humanities, focuses on the recovery of Black history in New Hampshire by two extraordinary women, historians and activists Valerie Cunningham and JerriAnne Boggis. Please join us on February 22 at 7:00 pm at Mara Auditorium, Webster Hall, SNHU, Manchester. DETAILS

To view the trailer, visit www.blackhistorynh.com.

23 January 2017

February 3: Historical Society Meeting

"General Membership Meeting"


Friday, February 3
6:00 pm
in the Henry Wilson Museum 
Goodwin Library lower level

There will be no presentation at this meeting.


On February 3, the Society will meet at 6:00 PM in the Henry Wilson Museum and conduct our business meeting until 7:00 PM. There is no presentation in February.

We are trying a new schedule for the coming year. 

The Society will meet for it's regular monthly business meeting from 6:00 - 7:00 PM on the first Friday of the Month.  After the meeting we will serve refreshments from 7:00 - 7:15 PM, and have a meet and greet with the presenter.  Then, our presentation will start at 7:15 PM.  And it will be over by 8:15 PM.

You can just plan to attend the presentation at 7:00 PM if that suits you.

Our March program will feature watching the short documentary film, "September 11, 2011: Farmington NH Remembers", directed by Stephanie Piro, filmed by Stan Freeda, and compiled by Kyle Leach. The film documents remembrances of September 11 on the tenth anniversary of the attacks.

Mark your calendars for this special March program.

If you are not currently a member, but would like to join, or if you would like to update your membership information, please visit
https://docs.google.com/…/1FylZXvgboexrIZlm6inJV6…/viewform….
Membership dues are $5.00 annually.

We hope to see you at future meetings, as you help us preserve our rich Farmington history.