17 February 2018

Presentation on March 2: Find out "What's In Our Museum of Farmington History?" with Kyle Leach

"What’s In Our Museum of Farmington History?"

Friday, March 2nd
7:00 pm
in the Museum of Farmington History 
on the lower level of the Goodwin Library

presented by 
Kyle Leach
Museum Curator

What do stuffed birds, scary dolls, a blowfish, and acorns carved into baskets have in common?  They are all in the Museum of Farmington History! If you are curious about what else is in the collection, mark your calendars and come to the Museum of Farmington History, on the lower level of the Goodwin Library, on Friday, March 2, at 7:00 PM, and listen to Farmington Historical Society member, Kyle Leach, who has been the Museum Curator since 2012, as he takes you through a tour of selected items of special interest in our archives.  The collection houses some curiosities and oddities that are tied to the rich history of Farmington. Kyle, and other volunteers,  have spent countless hours sifting through the contents in the museum trying to organize and make sense of the treasures that have been donated and collected over the years.  More recently, he has established a growing online presence for the Society by developing and maintaining our online museum, a feature only few New Hampshire museums have the resources to do. The Historical Society invites you join us for this presentation, take an interest in our history, our museum, and our Society.  

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.  Consider joining the Historical Society and helping preserve and protect Farmington History.  Annual membership dues are $5.00.

Links to Learn More
Museum of Farmington History Online  http://farmingtonnhhistory.omeka.net


February Update-Online Museum of Farmington History

Remember to take a look at the online Museum of Farmington History; lots of updates happened in the last few weeks. Many, many new items have been added this year and a few more exhibits have been opened this month. I've have also enabled the social sharing options, so you may start to share things you find with your friends directly from the online museum!

One of the largest additions is the exhibit containing Farmington NH Annual Town Reports. The reports contain a wealth of information about people, businesses, policy, warrants, and budgets of the town over time. Earlier reports have deaths, births, and marriages recorded. Once in the exhibit please select a time range at the right to go to the correct time period and find the report you wish to research. The museum has physical copies of most reports from the 1870's through the mid 1950's. We are working on finding reports to add to the collection for most the mid 1950's through the present. If you have copies you would like to donate please let us know. Digital copies of reports from the 1870's to the present are being added as the museum has time. Right now we have digital copies you may view in the online museum from the early 2000's back through the 1940's.

Another significant addition is the exhibit, Farmington NH & Strafford County NH Maps. This exhibit includes maps, articles, and documents covering topography, position, and location in and around Farmington, NH. Many of the maps of the downtown area contain detailed information and keys. When viewing the Sanborn-Perris fire insurance maps pay great attention not only to the keys, but also to the year of the map being viewed, and how the specific information on tenants, building upgrades, etc. has changed. Surveys were taken regularly and though the roads and building may not change greatly between survey years, tenants and building alterations do. I'm in the process of trying to find out what institutions in the area may have copies of Sanborn-Perris fire insurance maps that we don't have access to yet. I'd really like to obtain digital copies of as many parts of the downtown area over time as I can and their maps are the best for the many reasons I outlined above.

The last exhibit that I'd like to highlight is the Information & Photography Collection Booklets for Farmington, NH. This exhibit brings together the many information and photography collection books that have been made about Farmington, NH exploring the notable people and places within the town.  Most give a general history of the town, but a few concentrate on specific arenas or a single person like Henry Wilson. Most were created during the 19th and 20th century, so they may have social and cultural biases stemming from those periods.

An area that we are light on in the museum collection, and we need to bolster from community donations, are local school yearbooks. At this time I think we have five or six years- that's it- and those aren't enough to tell the stories of our children in their youth over time. Please consider making a donation of a yearbook, especially if it is not an item that you consult often or does not have great emotional significance any longer. Remember, once I have them, they would be digitized and put in the online museum- then everyone can see them.

I'm working on many other exhibits that are not public yet and adding things to those that are each month that goes by. I hope you enjoy the new additions and find them helpful.

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

 Other Notable Exhibits:

Transportation In Farmington

Sports, Recreation, & Outdoor Activity

Farmington Schools, Students, Educators, & Administrators

Events, Celebrations, Parades, & Memorials

Farmington Factories & Businesses & Services



15 February 2018

Postponed-RHS-Linda Shenton Matchett-Women In World War II

Due to the predicted inclement weather, the Rochester Historical Society program, Women in WWII, has been postponed. A new date will be announced later.

On Thursday, March 8, at 7 PM at the Rochester Historical Society Museum on Hanson Street, Linda Shenton Matchett will present Women in World War II. By 1942 millions of men had left the workforce to enter combat, others relocated to work on top secret projects. Thanks to Norman Rockwell's iconic illustration, most people are familiar with Rosie the Riveter and the work women performed in the defense industry during WWII. But young and old, single, married, and widowed women worked and volunteered in other ways, many of which have been forgotten. In addition, numerous household items were rationed, and the automotive and appliance industries quit producing until after the war. Drawn from autobiographies, memoirs, and interviews, this lecture shares experiences of these stalwart ladies in their own words.

Linda Shenton Matchett is an author, journalist, blogger and history geek. A native of Baltimore, Maryland, she was born a stone's throw from Fort McHenry and has lived in historic places all her life from Edison, NJ to Washington, DC. Currently living in Wolfeboro, she is a volunteer docent for the Wright Museum of WWII and a trustee for the Wolfeboro Public Library.

Rochester Historical Society program is free and open to the public. Visit them online. Visit them on Facebook