Our Annual Meeting and Program, will take place on Sunday, August 21 in the Phillips Barn. The meeting will begin at 3 p.m. followed by a program by folklorist Jeff Warner from New Hampshire Humanities. Jeff connects 21st century audiences with music and everyday life of the 19th century, accompanying his music with concertina, banjo, guitar and several ″pocket instruments." The program is free and open to all. Refreshments will be served.
REFLECTIONS 2016 - Saturday, September 17
Join us in the Village for an evening of farm fresh hors d'oeuvres and libations, catered by Tucker's of New London, to celebrate the opening of the newly renovated Lauridsen House and the dedication of the Maude Swift Gallery.
There will be an opening art exhibit of Dr. Anna Littlefield's work and a silent auction of Lauridsen artifacts and collectibles. Cost is $75 per person with one free libation and a cash bar. For reservations call 526-6564 [more].
IN THE NEWS
Village construction update
Henry (“Hank”) Little, the Village Mouse—mascot and steward of the New London Historical Village—reports to you on the progress of maintenance in the Village.
"Since I last wrote to you," says Hank "we have three big preservation projects underway thanks to your very generous support in the 2015-2016 campaign." The Lauridsen House is featured below. [Read Hank's report]
Lauridsen House undergoes renovations
The Lauridsen Acquisition Building has been at the center of our Historic Village and serving as a collection point for new acquisitions for the past 23 years.
Carpenter working on Lauridsen House
Restoration of this building has been in progress in recent years, and now, both the interior and exterior will be completed by mid-August. The building will serve as a Welcome Center and be the home of the new Maude Swift Gallery. Plans are set for a September 17 grand opening.
AUGUST MEMBERSHIP PERKS
Free entry to the Telephone Museum
“New London Historical Society Night" at the New London Barn Playhouse Friday, August 26
During the month of August, NLHS Members can enjoy reciprocal member benefits at the Telephone Museum. Your NLHS membership card allows you to enjoy the museum on any day in August. Visit their website for more details on hours and exhibits. [link]
The New London Playhouse welcomes members of the New London Historical Society to an evening of entertainment at a 20% discount. A wine and cheese porch reception from 6 - 7 pm will be followed by a 7:30 performance of the hilarious play, Don't Dress for Dinner. Call 603-525-6710 to reserve your seats, and make sure to tell them you are a NLHS member! [More] [poster]
NLHS 2nd Annual Strawberry Festival
The Strawberry Festival at the New London Historical Village on June 26 was thoroughly enjoyed by folks of all ages.
From left to right: Judges Greg Berger, Hank Otto, Read Clark, and Cheryl Devoe.
The big feature of the day was The Berry Delicious Contest judged by Greg Berger, Read Clarke, Cheryl Devoe, and honorary guest Hank Otto. Martha Regan-Smith won the contest hands down with her delicious and attractive Strawberry Pie. (recipe link)
A special thanks to the many volunteers who contributed to the success of the festival: Barb Carroll, Mary Fanelli, John Gutman, Judy Hauck, Lindy Heim, Roger Smith, Chip and Joanna Veazey, Kathy Van Weelden, and our Village Guides: Virginia Dawson, Suzanne Hammond, Joan Harris, and Tom Little.
A vote of appreciation also goes to Sue King of Sky View Farm in Elkins for sharing the company of her two very popular and adorable alpacas, Lady of the Lake and Almond Joy. [more]
We have just completed the first season of our brand new NH licensed history camp at the New London Historical Village.
Ade Lauridsen with camper Julia Koumrian
Campers, decked out in 19th century attire, tried their hands at rug hooking, spinning, hearth-side cooking, learning to use violin-making tools, and working with the blacksmith in the forge. The campers took home an authentic hook that they fashioned at the anvil with the help of our blacksmith. They also took home rug hooking and spinning creations. Heidi Unger, camp director, gave all campers a CD of photos from their camp experience.
Camp was held in one-week segments July 11-15 and 18-22 in the Historical Village where participants enjoyed activities emulating life as it would have been in a 19th century rural town. [more]
2016 Membership Drive Launched
Our 2016-2017 membership year started on July1. (membership link) Have you sent in your membership dues? As a member of the New London Historical Society you are:
Your member benefits include:
- actively preserving the history of our community.
- providing cultural and educational opportunities for all ages.
- collaborating with neighbors, friends, and local businesses to enrich the New London community.
Hannaford Donation Kiosk
- FREE admission to the Village during the open season
- two guest passes
- free admission to selected area museums
- regular online news bulletins and program calendar
- newsletter with historical information
- plus, discounted: special event tickets, rentals, and store merchandise.
Start making a pile of those already-read books today that are hanging around your bookshelf!
Next, donate the books to Hannaford's New London during August.
The New London Historical Society will benefit when the books you have donated generate cash as shoppers choose them for their next beach novels.
And don't forget, when you choose more summer reading for yourself, please be generous in the "donation" box.
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16 Ways to Support NLHS in 2016
- Become a member.
- Give to Raise the Roof Annual Fund.
- Attend REFLECTIONS 2016.
- Set your Amazon Account to AmazonSmile-New London Historical Society.
- Attend annual events.
- Like us on Facebook.
- Contribute/Buy books at Hannaford's in August.
- Shop at our Country Store.
- Rent the Meeting House for your family or company holiday party.
- Bake for events.
- Bid during silent auctions.
- Donate handmade crafts to sell at the Country Store
- Encourage your boss to be a Business Partner Member.
- Name the NLHS for memorial gifts.
- Visit our Historical Village and bring a guest.