From the desk of the Executive Director
Mud Season - the "fifth" season
I don’t have to remind anyone that this bit of New England weather is temporary, and while there is much ballyhoo about the advent of Spring, well folks, in our neck of the woods, we really understand that the Mud Season, aka “fifth season,” will certainly greet us first.
While we await the chance to be outdoors, the Board of Directors have been busy these past months planning several initiatives to improve general operations. Our ten committees have been meeting and preparing a 2017 calendar chock-full of programs.
The building maintenance and preservation team, known as the Tuesday Crew, has also been hard at work repairing and glazing all the windows in the Scytheville House in anticipation of being fully restored by the time the Village opens on Sunday, May 28.
Prior to that time, we have some special events in store for you—Curtains Up with the New London Barn Playhouse on April 19, Young At Art on May 13, and 4th Grade Open House, May 26.
Please take a few moments to read on for information about the upcoming season and ways to get involved.
We look forward to seeing you in the Village.
In the News
NLHS bids farewell to two friends
Tom DeMille, NLHS past President, member of BOD, and event volunteer.
Ed Chesbro, Tuesday Gang regular, event volunteer, and history enthusiast.
Business Partner Membership 2017
The New London Historical Society Business Partner Membership enrollment for 2017 opened in January.
Partnering with the NLHS makes good sense for area businesses, professionals, nonprofits, and corporations. Not only do you support the Historical Society, you demonstrate your support for the greater New London community and its culture.
There are four different levels, ranging from $100 to $1000, that include wide promotion of your membership, valuable transferable event tickets, and regular NLHS memberships. Various other perks include free rental opportunities and private tours of the Village and museum.
Your support will be greatly appreciated and widely recognized. For more details on membership see Business Partners or call the Office at (603) 526-6564. [Enroll]
THANK YOU TO OUR 2017 BUSINESS PARTNERS
Blood's Catering & Party Rentals
Bonin Architects & Associates
Colby Insurance Group
C.A. Miller Plumbing & Heating
Apple Tree Opticians
Ausbon Sargent Land Trust
Barton Insurance Agency
Benjamin F. Edwards & Co.
Bubba's Bar & Grille
Center for the Arts
Chadwick Funeral Service
Efficient Productivity Systems
Hager Investment Management Services
Hubert's Family Outfitters
Judy A. Davis Antiques
Rosanna Eubank LLC
Walker Automotive Services
Curtains up: a preview of The Barn Playhouse 85th Season
Please join us for a very special evening at the Meeting House in the Village on April 19 when New London Barn Playhouse artistic director Keith Coughlin and cast will be on hand for a sneak peek at the upcoming 85th season.
A tradition unto itself, this is the very first event of the season for the Barn Playhouse. The fun starts at 7 p.m.
You'll get the inside scoop on what's in store this year: songs, scenes, backstage tidbits, and personal stories. This very popular event is always well-attended. Be sure to get there early for a good seat!
Cost: $4.00 Members; $8.00 Non-Members; Children under 12 FREE.
Young at Art 2017
The New London Historical Society is looking forward to giving young artists (grades Kindergarten – 12) a chance to show off their creative side. Students are invited to exhibit their artwork and judges will award CASH prizes in age categories.
Artists may submit a single work of art in one of the following media: drawing, painting, 3D/mixed media, or photography.
Registration packets are available on the New London Historical Society’s website, or from local school art teachers or other art teachers and mentors in the area.
New this year is an award for an artistic rendering of an historical subject. Any entry that depicts either a local historical building or artifact may also be entered for the Special Historical Representation Award.
We are thrilled to announce a distinguished panel of Judges for the 2017 Art Show: Artists Ann Feeley Kieffer, Kristen Ash Chertikhin, Terry Moore, and our neighbor Tomie dePaola.
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Registration deadline: Wed., May 3, 2017
Hands-on History Camp Opens in July
Artwork drop-off site:
Phillips Barn, New London Historical Village, Fri., May 12
Art Show: Saturday, May 13, 1-4 pm
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.”
Check out our campers from last summer as they enjoy games, dancing, cooking on the open hearth as well as spinning and rug hooking. This is a wonderful opportunity to expose your children to a technology-free era as they learn about local New Hampshire life in the mid 1800s. For us grandparents, who frequently host our grandchildren for part of the summer, this is a great opportunity for all of you.
Especially popular is our blacksmith forge where campers create their own wrought iron hook guided by our blacksmith.
They will also learn about the wonderful carriage collection that includes a locally used stagecoach and Mt. Washington wagon.
Scheduled for the weeks of July 10 and July 17, you may choose a one-week or two-week adventure.
Information and registration forms are available on our website. Or, for more information, please email Maureen Strachan firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 603 731-4353. [Info]
Over There Over Here—Commemorating the Anniversary of U.S. involvement in WWI
Over There, Over Here: World War I and Life in N.H. Communities is a multi-group collaboration (MUSE) commemorating the 100th anniversary of the United States’ entry into World War I. The goal of the series is to put the War into a social context. This year-long event will feature exhibits, programs, lectures, and book readings.
NLHS, Tracy Memorial Library, the New London Archives and Kearsarge Council on Aging are participating over the next 6 months offering programs and exhibits in New London.
For a complete listing of programs and information visit our website page WWI. More information will also be available on Facebook.
Anyone interested in learning more about working on this bit of history please contact Patty at 526-6564.
To learn more about MUSE and their plans, visit the website: www.overthereoverhere.com.
Help Wanted Ads
Remember those ads from WWII—"Uncle Sam Needs You! "? Well, when you volunteer at NLHS you can expect to have the same great sense of of being needed and appreciated for supporting the mission of an organization with a good cause.
You will also learn interesting facts about local history and become acquainted with our unique and fabulous collections from the 19th century.
And, as a bonus, you will meet wonderful people from our own community and beyond. Please review our volunteer information page on our website and don't hesitate to call 526-6564 to sign up or ask questions.
Benefits of the job
Regularly scheduled volunteer positions will be eligible for a free NLHS Regular Membership and all member privileges plus two (2) event tickets for our three annual events.
What do I have to do?
- Any volunteer for an event receives Free guest passes (2) to that event.
- All Volunteers are invited to attend Appreciation Events
- Candlelight dinner in November
- Special (volunteer only) evening of simple nibbles and adult beverages for each new exhibit in the Maude Swift Gallery.
The range of tasks and responsibilities is quite comprehensive, and we are sure to have a spot for all ages and aptitudes. You can choose from working behind the scenes with the Village maintenance crew, to greeting guests who visit the Village and Museum. Or, perhaps you would like to lead a group of children in games or crafts. It could even be that an office environment calls to your particular skill set. In any case, we welcome any and all gifts of time and talent. (link)
For more information contact us at (603)526-6564 or email email@example.com to explore the perfect fit for you and NLHS!
2016 Raise the Roof Campaign and Annual Fund
We are almost there, folks! Only $10,000 to go.
Through generous donations from over 134 individuals including a grant from the Charitable Foundation and donations in memory of Jack Hambley, we are at 71% of our $35,000 goal. If you have not sent in your donation, you may do so here. (Donate)
The project, slated for spring of 2017, is an important initiative and is indicative of the core values of our mission to preserve the Village buildings and the artifacts stored within them.
Built in Elkins in 1835, the Scytheville House now has a prominent position at the entry of the Village. It has literally become the hearth and home of the New London Historical Village.
Historical Village Wooden Replicas
New London Historical Village reproductions by The Cat's Meow are still available at Tatewell Gallery in the Colonial Plaza in New London. Think what a unique gift this would make for Mother's or Father’s Day; anniversaries; or a keepsake for graduate.
Each piece is approximately 4" x 6" and sells for $19.95 each. Buy all four or start your collection with one. These handcrafted pieces are perfect for lintels and mantels and represent the New London Historical Village buildings below:
Meeting House School House
Scytheville House Country Store