NOTE FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
There are countless moments during the year when I am struck by the dedication and energy of the many volunteers here at the New London Historical Society. This group of talented people serves the mission of the Society with great enthusiasm, skill, and sense of camaraderie.
Volunteers enable us to open the Village to the public. Docents give tours, volunteers staff the various events and programs, and others help to maintain the 15 buildings that hold our collections and give the Village its sense of history.
Many others donate homemade items, give demonstrations, carefully document and conserve artifacts, and give most generously of their time in many other ways to help the Society accomplish its mission.
Volunteer Dinner by candlelight in the Meeting House
Last week we had a Volunteer Appreciation dinner and, as with all we do, it was a collaborative group effort that made for a truly delicious meal and a lovely evening with friends.
My sincerest appreciation goes out to all our volunteers for your constant dedication and support.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours,
December 4 - Holiday Open House 11:30 - 3:00 p.m.
Dashing Through the Snow
Experience the New London of yesteryear on Sunday, December 4, from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. when the New London Historical Village becomes a 19th Century hamlet decked out for the holiday season.
Our Town Crier, Santa, and our Village docents will be on hand to help direct visitors to all the activities throughout the Village.
Hearthside cooking, spinning, and vintage decorations will bring the Scytheville House to life with the sights and smells of a typical home circa 1850.
At the Country Store your taste buds will be tempted by freshly baked goods and smoked meats cooked over an old-fashioned wood stove. Be sure to drop by The Country Store Annex in the Transportation Building for unique gifts and stocking stuffers.
Children are invited to participate in the Sugar Plum Scavenger Hunt and enjoy various craft table options and face painting at the Meeting House while adults enjoy a delicious array of light fare and desserts.
Everyone will want to stop at the School House to hear Lucy's Christmas, a special holiday story by Donald Hall read by Mrs. Long.
Musical highlights of the day include Nicole Densmore performing at noon in the Scytheville House and performances by the Exit 13 Tuba Quartet in the Transportation Museum starting at 12:15. At 1 p.m. the KRES New London Tone Chime Choir will take the stage; and at 1:45 p.m. the KRHS Men's and Women's Select Chorus will wind up the program with some holiday songs. Members - $6.00; Non-members - $8.00. [more]
IN THE NEWS
Chili Cook Off- Party with a Purpose 2016
Which non-profit organization has the best chili?
Over 200 hundred people stopped by the Phillips Barn at the New London Historical Village on October 22 to sample chili and place their votes!
$1200 was raised for the 12 participating organizations. This is the first of many annual chili contests. We expect more chili and more people every year!
Cook-off in the Phillips Barn
Special thanks to all our sponsors and to: New London Recreation Department; Echo Communications; and WNTK Radio.
And a big thank you to all who attended. We appreciate the support you gave your local non-profit organizations!
This year's contest winners:
1st Place: Council on Aging
2nd Place: New Hampshire Kitten Rescue
Honorable Mention: Center for the Arts
1st Place: Council on Aging
2nd Place: New London Historical Society
Honorable Mention: KRES - New London PTO
Over There Over Here—WWI series
In 2017, the MUSE ( Museums Sharing Experiences) group is planning a multi-organization collaboration of programs on WWI. A wide variety of activities and events will take place in New London and six of the surrounding communities.
To kick off the series, over 100 people gathered in Warner on November 12 for a program that outlined significant factors about the Great War. Representing the New London Historical Society, key speaker Hank Otto (below) shared pictures from the War that had been preserved by his family. He also brought with him a gas mask that had been developed during WW I to protect soldiers on the front from poison gas attacks.
Programs and topics covered in 2017 will include: temperance, women’s suffrage, the Spanish Influenza epidemic, code talkers, camouflage, communication, art, literature, and the home front.
Anyone interested in participating in this project is encouraged to give New London Historical Society office a call at 526 6564. To learn more about MUSE and their plans, visit the website: www.overthereoverhere.com/.
2016 Raise the Roof Annual Fund
This year's goal is to raise $35,000 for a new historically authentic roof for the Scytheville House, the first of many buildings to be moved to the New London Historical Village in 1964.
Built in Elkins in 1835, the Scytheville House originally served as a residence for employees of the Phillips, Messer & Colby Company, later known as the New London Scythe Factory. The house is an excellent example of the Cape Cod-Style farmhouse common at that time. Over 100 years later, Maude Swift purchased the house and donated it to the New London Historical Society.
Its prominent position at the entry of the Village welcomes visitors in three seasons when volunteers reenact life as it was in the 19th Century—cooking over an open hearth, spinning in the parlor, and hosting gatherings of townspeople. It has literally become the hearth and home of the New London Historical Village.
The roof is made of cedar shakes and will be replaced with the same historically authentic material.
Information on the 2016 Raise the Roof campaign will be arriving in the mail shortly. Please join us in preserving the past and become a steward of the Village. (Donate)
Order a 2016 Hand Painted Holiday Ornament Today!
A detailed panoramic image of the Scytheville House on a blue or maroon glass is a great keepsake and special holiday gift. They will be available during the Holiday Open House on December 4.
Call us at 526-6564 to arrange for your purchase. LIMITED EDITION at $12 each.
Rent space in the Village for your holiday gatherings
Need a unique and special venue for that holiday party? Consider the Meeting House for your upcoming gathering. Whether an off-site work meeting or a cozy get-together of friends and family, the setting is charming, versatile, and affordable. [more]
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Shop at our Country Store and Annex
Rent the Meeting House for a family or company holiday party
Bake for events
Encourage your boss to be a Business Partner Member
Name the NLHS for Memorial Gifts
Local gal responsible for creating a national holiday!
Sarah Josepha Hale a native of Newport, NH, may be the individual most responsible for making Thanksgiving a national holiday in the United States; previously this day had been celebrated only in New England.
Of those states that did celebrate, many scheduled it on a different day, some as early as October and others as late as January; the holiday was largely unknown in the American South.
Hale’s advocacy for establishing a national holiday began in 1846 and lasted 17 years. She wrote letters to five Presidents of the United States: Zachary Taylor, Millard Fillmore, Franklin Pierce, James Buchanan, and Abraham Lincoln.
Her initial letters failed to persuade, but the letter she wrote to Lincoln convinced him to support legislation to establish a national holiday of Thanksgiving in 1863.The new holiday was considered a unifying act after the stress of the American Civil War. Before Thanksgiving, the only national holidays celebrated in the United States were Washington's Birthday and Independence Day.
To learn more about this fascinating woman : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sarah Josepha_Hale.