From the desk of the Executive Director
Dear NLHS Members and Friends,
Ah, the Village is nestled in for the winter, and it’s a picture to behold. Perhaps I am biased, but I think it’s stunning in all seasons. So while the Village is hibernating, volunteers, staff, and the board of directors are working to prepare for the upcoming season. With the dawn of a new year, thoughts go to reviewing the past; assessing the present; and planning for the future.
The Society’s work plan is always crafted to fulfill our 63-year mission while keeping pace with the needs of our operation today.
We have some winter activities that will certainly pique your interest. There are two Dessert Socials that take place at the Tracy Memorial Library one was January 10 and the other is February 8. And you don’t want to miss the February 9 Thursday’s Child dinner at the New London Inn.
Because the care of the Village and its buildings is perpetual, the important Raise the Roof campaign continues. This annual campaign enables us to preserve and maintain our 15 buildings.
In the spring, our goal is to install a new cedar shake roof for the Scytheville House. You might notice some windows missing this winter. They are in the workshop getting much needed attention from our volunteer maintenance team, aka the Tuesday Crew.
Do join us in 2017 for both our traditional and new programs and exhibits. We are always searching for ways to bring interesting, fun, and educational offerings for all ages to the Village.
Wishing you a happy and healthy new year!
In the News
The 2017 New London Historical Society Business Partner Membership enrollment has opened this month. Membership runs from January through December.
Partnering with the NLHS makes good sense for area businesses, professionals, and corporations because not only does this membership support the Historical Society, but it demonstrates support for the greater New London community and its culture. [More info]
Below is a list of our 2016 business partners. The Society publicly recognizes the generosity and support of its Business Partner members at every turn such as: on our website, in every newsletter, and at NLHS activities and programs throughout the year. And beyond the intrinsic value of being recognized as a business that supports its community, Business Partners also receive a variety of practical benefits. [Enroll]
THANK YOU TO OUR 2016 BUSINESS PARTNERS
Apple Tree Opticians
Barton Insurance Agency
Bob's Beacon Marina
C.A. Miller Plumbing & Heating
Colby Insurance Group
Country Houses, LLC
Echo Communications, Inc.
Huberts of New London
John Kiernan's Village Sports
K.J.C. Aerial Imaging
Lake Sunapee Painting. LLC
LaValley Building Supply, Inc.
Mount Sunapee Resort
New London Barn Playhouse
Old Hampshire Designs, Inc.
Pellettieri Associates, Inc.
Roberts Scarlett Pharmacy
Spring Ledge Farm
Walker Automotive Services
YCN, Your Local View
2016 Raise the Roof Campaign and 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. Thanks to over 100 supporters who have donated amounts from $25 to $5,000, we are 2/3 of the way to our goal. (Donate)
Every donation, like every cedar shake, helps to ensure the preservation of our community history.
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.
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 tending an herbal kitchen garden. It has literally become the hearth and home of the New London Historical Village.
Join us in preserving the past by becoming a steward of the the New London Historical Village. (Donate)
On January 10, The Connecticut: New England’s Great River, presented by Adair Mulligan, attracted nearly 60 people to the Tracy Memorial Library. Our thanks to the Humanities Council for this interesting and informative Dessert Social.
Dessert Social - Wednesday, February 8
Mrs. Jane Tracy Abroad
Most New London residents know Jane Tracy only as the benefactor of its local library. She was also a world traveler, lecturer, and author of three books. Through her writings and her collection of glass lantern slides, presented by Jim Perkins, New London Town Archivist, we will follow Mrs. Tracy's path across the turbulent world of the early 1900s.
Tracy Library - 6:30 p.m. refreshments, 7 p.m. program. FREE admission.
Fundraiser - Thursday, February 9
Thursday's Child at the New London Inn
Please join us for a cozy evening with friends in the Coach House Restaurant at the historic New London Inn. This shared event will benefit both New London and Sunapee Historical Societies. A percentage of the profits from the dinner will support the missions of both organizations—an enjoyable way to help two wonderful non-profits! Call 526-2791 for reservations. [More]
Hands-on History Camp Opens in July
Back by popular demand the Hands-on History Camp will be offered again in 2017. The theme is “exploring local history that shows life in the 1800s in New England.” Campers actively engage in working at the forge with our blacksmith as well as spinning, rug hooking, and hearthside cooking. Contra dancing, singing, and outdoor games that were so popular last summer will be also be part of the program.
Applications and information will soon be available on our website. This is a wonderful opportunity for grandparents to provide visiting grandchildren with hands-on activities. Scheduled for the weeks of July 10 and July 17, you may choose a one-week or two-week adventure.
For more information please email Maureen Strachan firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 603 731-4353. [Info]
Seeking Camp Director of Hands-on History Camp
Are you a history buff who enjoys working with children? Or do you know someone who would enjoy this fun experience with 4th and 5th grade children in July? Please call Maureen Strachan at 603-731-4353 or email her at email@example.com. [More]
Over There Over Here—WWI series
The MUSE (MUseums Sharing Experiences) group is currently planning a multi-organization exhibition for 2017, Over There, Over Here: World War I and Life in N.H. Communities. It will feature exhibits, programs, lectures, book readings and activities. Some of the themes the exhibition will cover are 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.
Historical Village Wooden Replicas
New London Historical Village reproductions by The Cat's Meow are now available at Tatewell Gallery in the Colonial Plaza in New London. Each piece is approximately 4" x 6" and sells for $19.95 each. You can buy all four, or start your collection with just one. These handcrafted pieces are perfect for lintels or mantels and represent the New London Historical Village buildings below:
Meeting House School House
Scytheville House Country Store