17 February 2018

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

 

 

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