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.