#FarmingtonNH Historical Society Annual Dinner, 1st Meeting 2019 Highlights

We've had a busy year!

During the annual meeting the officers of the Historical Society for 2019 were voted in. The same slate of officers as the previous year, as follows:

President- Stan Freeda

Vice President- JoAnn Doke

Secretary- Joyce White

Treasurer-Rebecca Howard

Curator-Kyle Leach

Auditor- Lorraine Meyer

Congratulations everyone!

Action items we discussed at the annual dinner and first meeting of 2019. Need several people to help with each:

1. A subcommittee of 3-5 people to work on improving our organization, so we can attract and involve more members; then get more recognition for the Society’s work in town. The data we collected would be useful, along with the brainstorming sessions.
 2. Get a couple of people to take on the Public Relations aspect-post in the Facebook private group, send notices to Stephanie for the Foster’s column, send articles to the Moose, etc. We need volunteers for this.

3.FHS Scholarship Program. We will need some volunteers to review the application process and help with selecting the scholarship recipient.
4. Antiques Appraisal Event in April (with modifications).
5. Suggestions for programs should be emailed to FarmingtonNHHistory@gmail.com

Farmington Revitalization Meeting held October 10, 2018. About a half dozen Historical Society members attended. There was a clear preference for the town to adopt a “historical” feel and “theme”. As a Society, we can be ready to help with this, and it fits into our previous preliminary discussion regarding establishing an historic downtown district, preserving our town character intentionally, and preventing any further deterioration. Focus on Historic Districts and getting this into our zoning ordinances and into the town ethos would be a really great way to signal that Farmington is ready for revitalization efforts

March: Kyle will present museum updates and the video that Tami, Library Director, donated. The gift is a digital copy of a video recording of a basic, general Farmington History, as told by Alan Drew, Margory Drew, Twink Osgood, and Joe Bean. The recording was created by John Nolan and features not only those residents talking about town history from their perspective, but also a class of Farmington High school students asking them a few questions. Read more about the video here.

April: Michael Bruno, author of Cruising New Hampshire History: A Guide to New Hampshire’s Roadside Historical Markers will speak April 5th in the Museum.

Members would like to meet for some non-official social times, perhaps dinner or drinks?

New members are always welcome!

Have a talent for archiving or digital and social media? Help us go through the decades of history we have stored and displayed; better yet help us put those items in the online museum for everyone to see. Lots of opportunities to view the town as it was in previous periods and conduct research to link those items together. Every day you learn something!

Don't have that much time or energy to give? Join the @FarmingtonNHHistory organization and help us make decisions about our future and come and see some of our great presenters through the year. 

It's only five dollars a year to join!

If you haven’t seen the museum come and see it on Farmington Hay Day or when we hold our monthly meetings, the first Friday of each month, in the museum, in the lower level of the Goodwin Library.

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

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