IN THIS ISSUE
From the desk of the Executive Director
- Holiday Open House
- Hand-painted ornament
- Cat's Meow NL Village reproductions
- Over There, Over Here WWI series
- Programs for 2017
- Raise the Roof Campaign
- Business Partners
From the desk of the Executive Director
The New London Historical Village captures a time in history when the season was celebrated quite different from today. In 1850, Christmas was a new holiday, one that has evolved over the past many years with changing norms and traditions.
Our annual Holiday Open House event is a glance at life in the mid 19th Century with activities and sounds of the season. It’s a delight to see folks of all ages visit and enjoy their time in the Village.
Most rewarding are the stories from our visitors…. During the afternoon a young mother and her three young children were all smiles and shared that this annual event is their favorite family tradition; while a grandmother told me that she was there with her daughter and grandson for the first time. They had a wonderful time at each building they visited, especially at the blacksmith shop where the blacksmith forged an iron Christmas tree for the budding “smithy."
Dustin French with blacksmith Don Schad
As time passes, families and cultures meld, social norms change, and so will the ways we celebrate. Timeless is the notion that it’s a season to spread cheer. I hope you and yours enjoy your own special traditions and have a happy holiday season.
Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy new year to all,
PS: The village is stunning with the simple holiday decorations of greens and bows set against a blanket of snow! It’s a snapshot fit for a holiday greeting card. Why not stop to take a photo or a "selfie"?
Historical Village Open House a jolly time!
December 4 was bright sunny, and the New London Historical Village was bustling with activity and holiday cheer! Over 200 visitors enjoyed the sights, sounds, and tastes of the holidays as they meandered through the 19th Century hamlet.
Thank you to all donors, volunteers, and especially to the chairperson of this year's Holiday Open House, Laurie Lauridsen, for this charming opportunity for the community to enjoy a traditional holiday afternoon.
Santa with his young admirers
2016 Hand Painted Holiday Ornament
A detailed panoramic image of the Scytheville House on a blue or maroon glass is a great keepsake and special holiday gift.
Available at Tatewell Gallery and Roberts Scarlett Pharmacy. LIMITED EDITION at $12 each.
Historical Village wooden replicas
That perfect gift and keepsake for the holidays! You can buy all four, or start your collection with just one.
Place your order for these wooden collectible miniatures now at Tatewell Galleries. A Cat's Meow Village product, these handcrafted pieces, perfect for lintels or mantels, represent the New London Historical Village buildings below:
Meeting House School House
Scytheville House Country Store
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.
Programs and topics too be covered in 2017 will include: temperance, women’s suffrage, the Spanish Influenza epidemic, code talkers, camouflage, art, communication, 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.
SAVE THE DATE
Tuesday, January 10
"The Connecticut: New England's Great River."
Adair Mulligan leads an armchair tour of this great river in New Hampshire and Vermont, exploring its history and natural beauty through the seasons and among the communities that have sprung up along its banks. This presentation explores the many issues involved in managing the health of this major river, and how citizens from all walks of life have created a vision for its future.
Tracy library, 6:30 refreshments, 7 p.m. program. FREE admission.
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, we will trace Mrs. Tracy's path across the turbulent world of the early 1900s. Presented by Jim Perkins, New London town archivist.
Tracy Library, 6:30 p.m. refreshments, 7 p.m. program. FREE admission.
Thursday, February 9
Thursday's Child at the New London Inn
A special night out for friends of the New London Historical Society at the New London Inn’s Coach House Restaurant. Make your reservation for a delicious midwinter break while supporting the mission of NLHS. Call 526-2791.
Join us in preserving the past by becoming a steward of the the New London Historical Village. (Donate)
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.
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. (Donate)
SUPPORT OUR 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