Bringing New Hampton and New Hampshire History to Life

"Maintaining our town's history and culture is paramount when it comes to New Hampshire's fourth grade social studies. The New Hampton Historical Society has been preserving our state's past and telling its rich stories for generations. It is with their support that our students create lasting educational impressions. A partnership between the NHHS and New Hampton Community School has resulted in a myriad of benefits for students. The Historical Society has enriched the classroom by introducing its exhibitions, hands-on artifacts, activities, and primary resources, to provide tangible items for the students to examine and discuss." – Teacher Scott McCann, New Hampton Community School

The Traveling Treasure Chest: A Program for Fourth-Graders

Every other week from autumn through spring, Vice President and Program Chairman of the New Hampton Historical Society Bob Curry brings the "Traveling Treasure Chest" to New Hampton Elementary School's fourth grade class. In the chest lies a secret historical artifact from the New Hampton Historical Society’s Dana Hill Road museum. Mr. Curry talks to the children about the history of their community and shows them old items of great interest. Coordinating with the teacher, Scott McCann, these story times relate to the course of study being taught. Recently the class has learned about Abanaki grinding stones, the history of local scythe manufacture, holiday festivities for the harvest season, and wintertime. Questions are many, and the 45-minute class time speeds by. Making history "live" is great fun!

Upcoming Events


The Museum located at 30 Dana Hill Road, welcomes visitors on Saturdays from 10
AM to 12 Noon June 24 through August 26. Our theme for Summer, 2017 is “This
Old House” and will include homes that have undergone major changes in their facades
over the years. The Grange will be featured in a display of “Yesterday, Today
and Tomorrow”. Stop by and bring the children, who always enjoy exploring our
collection of memorabilia from school days past and the clothing and farming tools
from the 1800’s.Visits may also be scheduled with our Curator, Carole Curry , by calling 744-9798.  Drop in sometime and see how the museum has developed over the last ten years.   There have been many folks who have lived in New Hampton for decades and yet have never been in to see our collections.  Recently,  I came across this quote: “If you don’t know where you have been, then you won’t know where you are going.”  Come in and see where we have been in our town, New Hampton!
 Hope to see you there,  
Carole Curry, Curator

2018‐2019 PROGRAMS
Tuesday evenings @7:00 PM at the Gordon‐Nash Library

SEPTEMBER 18, 2018 – Linda Salatiello and Evelyn Auger, Presenters

Mary Baker Eddy:  An Extraordinary Life Told in Ordinary Terms

"Mary Baker Eddy:  An Extraordinary Life Told in Ordinary Terms" is the amazing personal history of a "local girl" who became the founder of the Christian Science movement. In a reimagined interview, where the two presenters are costumed in period appropriate attire, Boston Herald reporter Sibyl Wilbur (portrayed by Salatiello) elicits the life story of Mary Baker Eddy (Auger). It is truly a remarkable tale and not at all what one would expect. Come meet and hear from the woman who lived in more places than George Washington slept.

Linda Salatiello and Evelyn Auger are fonts of historical lore with historical costuming being their particular forte. Over the years as members and officers of the Sanbornton Historical Society, they have organized and conducted tours of the circa 1810 Lane Tavern in Sanbornton Square. They have also collaborated on producing vintage fashion shows and exhibits and their unique program on Victorian mourning rituals and protocols.

OCTOBER 16, 2018 – Bob Cottrell, Presenter

Harnessing History: On the Trail of New Hampshire’s State Dog, the Chinook

This program looks at how dog sledding developed in New Hampshire and how the Chinook played a major role in this story. Explaining how man and his relationship with dogs won out over machines on several famous polar expeditions, Bob Cottrell covers the history of Arthur Walden and his Chinooks, the State Dog of New Hampshire. 

Bob Cottrell holds an MA from the Winterthur Program in Early American Culture in Delaware. The founding director of the Remick Country Doctor Museum in Tamworth, he is now the Curator of the Henney History Room at the Conway Public Library, a Board member at the Conway Historical Society, and President ex-officio of the Tamworth Historical Society. He serves as an independent history and museum consultant.

NOVEMBER 13, 2018 – Gordon Dubois, Presenter

Hiking Historical New Hampshire
Five Destinations That Define New Hampshire’s Past

Most hiking destinations have a story to tell. Some in particular have an unusual and fascinating tale and a few tell of significant aspects of New Hampshire’s past. In fact they convey the unique character of the Granite State. Gordon DuBois, local hiker and journalist for the Laconia Daily Sun, will take you on five virtual hikes to places that have played a predominant part in the history of our state. In some respects this history has been lost with demographic and economic changes over the past hundred years. This program will bring you in touch with New Hampshire’s history, through the photographs and stories from the trails that lead to the New Hampshire of yesterday.

Mt. Whittier-An abandoned ski area in Ossipee, NH that was very popular in the 1950’s and had one of the first gondolas in New England.

Waternomee Mountain- In the early years of WW II a US Air Corps bomber crashed on the side of a mountain just outside of Lincoln. Residents of Lincoln, including Sherman Adams, made an incredible and heroic rescue effort to save survivors of the crash.

Redstone Quarry- Located in Conway, NH lies one of the largest now abandoned granite quarries in New England. This quarry provided stones for many of our most revered structures including the George Washington Masonic Temple in Washington, D.C.

Livermore Village-A prosperous logging community was once home to families of loggers and lumbermen in Crawford Notch. The community now lies forgotten and hidden in the forest that has reclaimed the foundations of homes, school house, hotel and mills.

Lime Kilns of Black Mountain- Lime was an important commodity in the economic development of NH, used for fertilizer, manufacturing of iron, cement and soap. The Kilns of Black Mountain played an important role in getting this product to market.

Gordon has hiked extensively in Northern New England and the Adirondacks of New York State. In 2011 he completed the Appalachian Trail (2,285 miles). He has also hiked the Long Trail in VT, The International AT in Quebec, Canada, Cohos Trail in northern NH and the John Muir Trail in CA. Gordon has summited the New Hampshire 200 Hundred Highest peaks, the Northeast 111 highest peaks and the New England Hundred Highest in winter. He spends much of his time hiking locally and in the White Mountains with his dog Reuben and especially enjoys hiking in the Lakes Region due to the proximity to his home in New Hampton. He often can be found exploring the many hiking trails in the area.

MARCH 19, 2019 – Kent Bicknell, Presenter
Thoreau & Emerson in New Hampton and Environs
Drawing on his collection of rare books and manuscripts, independent scholar Dr. Kent Bicknell will bring the lives of Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson to life. Come learn about time they spent in our own New Hampton as well as other interesting and fun facts about the New England Transcendentalists, including what they might teach us today.
Kent Bicknell grew up in central New Hampshire and resides there still. In 1973 Kent became founding head of Sant Bani School and stayed as a teaching head for 44 years, retiring in 2017. He was a Scholar of the House at Yale University, and holds a master’s degree from Goddard College and a doctorate in curriculum from Boston University. Kent has been involved in education for five decades, including forty-three years on the Advisory Council of the New Hampshire Commissioner of Education and six years as a commissioner with the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. He has served as a consultant to schools across the U.S. as well as in Bhutan, Canada, Colombia, Guatemala, India and Venezuela
An independent scholar whose work has been published in a variety of journals, Kent’s main interests are the New England Transcendentalists – Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and the Alcott Family: their educational pedagogy and how they were inspired by the spiritual traditions of Asia. In 1995, he acquired, edited and published the manuscript of A LONG FATAL LOVE CHASE, a gothic thriller by Louisa May Alcott that became a New York Times best seller.
APRIL 16, 2019 – Jordan Tyrell-Wysocki, Presenter
Songs of Emigration: Storytelling Through Traditional Irish Music
Through traditional music Jordan Tirrell-Wysocki relays some of the adventures, misadventures, and emotions experienced by Irish emigrants. The focus is on songs about leaving Ireland, sometimes focusing on the reasons for leaving (a man who is driven from his land by English persecution), sometimes revealing what happened upon arrival (an immigrant drafted into the Union army during the Civil War), and sometimes exploring the universal feeling of homesickness of a stranger in a strange land (a factory worker in London missing his home in County Clare). The presenter discusses the historical context of these songs, interspersing their stories with tunes from Ireland that made their way into New England’s musical repertoire, played on his fiddle or guitar.
Jordan Tirrell-Wysocki is an award-winning fiddler who grew up playing dances and folk festivals around New England. He was first recognized as part of New Hampshire’s culture at the age of 12, when he was the youngest member of the delegation representing the state at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, D.C. He has toured nationally with bands in various genres, performed across Ireland, and released multiple recordings of Celtic music that can be heard on radio stations around New England. He currently performs over 200 shows each year, mostly with his own band, the Jordan TW Trio. His lifelong passion for history helps bring to life the traditional music around which he built his career.
MAY 21, 2019 – Bob Curry, Presenter   
Things That Have Made A Difference

This program will be at the New Hampton Town House. What’s in your attic? Can you find an object that has a story that made a difference in your life or the life of a community? Bring it along and share!