New London Historical Society

New London Historical Society The New London Historical Society Village, Collections and Museum showcase life in the early 19th century in New London, NH area. After the Civil War, most New Hampshire communities celebrated their town and family histories by holding Old Home Day celebrations.
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The New London Historical Society was conceived during the August 1952 Old Home Day festivities as an appropriate way to mark the upcoming 175th anniversary of New London’s incorporation. Old Home Day president Seth Lamson appointed a committee of Dr. J. Duane Squires, Maude Fellows Swift, and Helen Kidder Greenaway to develop the concept. New London’s 175th anniversary was observed over the weekend of July 31, 1954, and an organizational meeting of the New London Historical Society was held at the Town Hall. The purpose of this new organization was to develop interest in the history of the area, to collect and preserve memorabilia and historically significant objects, and to educate and inform a growing population of the importance of our past to present day life. With no facilities at the outset, the society held meetings in places like the Parish Hall at the Baptist Church, and it stored its nascent collection in the basement of Tracy Library. Within a decade, that would all begin to change as the first donors of land and buildings stepped forward to realize the ambitious vision of the society’s founders. Those donations would be restored and assembled into exhibits by many, many volunteers—but none more dedicated than Bud Lauridsen.

The New London Historical Society was conceived during the August 1952 Old Home Day festivities as an appropriate way to mark the upcoming 175th anniversary of New London’s incorporation. Old Home Day president Seth Lamson appointed a committee of Dr. J. Duane Squires, Maude Fellows Swift, and Helen Kidder Greenaway to develop the concept. New London’s 175th anniversary was observed over the weekend of July 31, 1954, and an organizational meeting of the New London Historical Society was held at the Town Hall. The purpose of this new organization was to develop interest in the history of the area, to collect and preserve memorabilia and historically significant objects, and to educate and inform a growing population of the importance of our past to present day life. With no facilities at the outset, the society held meetings in places like the Parish Hall at the Baptist Church, and it stored its nascent collection in the basement of Tracy Library. Within a decade, that would all begin to change as the first donors of land and buildings stepped forward to realize the ambitious vision of the society’s founders. Those donations would be restored and assembled into exhibits by many, many volunteers—but none more dedicated than Bud Lauridsen.

Operating as usual

Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much! Let’s get together and help feed those in need! And see if we can...
11/18/2020

Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much! Let’s get together and help feed those in need! And see if we can beat last years totals!

Did you know last year YOU donated over 1,500 pounds of food and thousands of dollars which we generously spread throughout our region?

Join us Saturday, November 21st from 7AM to 5PM at the New London Hannaford to do it all over again!

08/06/2020

The New London Historical Society will hold its 66th Annual Meeting on Sunday, August 16, at 4 p.m. in the Phillips Barn.

At that meeting, members will hear the Society’s annual report and will vote on new officers and directors. In order to transact business, a quorum of 25 members must be present.

We recognize that some may be reluctant to participate in a meeting in the era of COVID, although we will observe social distancing and require masks.

Accordingly, we will provide ballots outside the Barn, which members can fill out in their cars and hand in if they are not comfortable attending in person.

As is our custom, refreshments will follow the meeting.

While we want to make sure your visit with us is enjoyable, informative, and memorable as possible, we have instituted n...
07/25/2020

While we want to make sure your visit with us is enjoyable, informative, and memorable as possible, we have instituted new policies and procedures to try to keep our docents, visitors and collections safe, while limiting the spread of COVID-19.

At this time we are requiring face masks, encouraging hand washing and social distancing, and instituting cleaning protocols with both people and collections in mind.

We look forward to seeing you in the Village this season, where the staff, volunteers and board of directors are hard at work bringing exciting educational activities, while preserving New London’s history.

We are happy to announce the NLHS will be opening tomorrow! Hope to see there!
07/04/2020

We are happy to announce the NLHS will be opening tomorrow! Hope to see there!

Has your destination wedding been cancelled due to COVID-19? Say I do at the New London Historical Society. Your wedding...
06/28/2020

Has your destination wedding been cancelled due to COVID-19? Say I do at the New London Historical Society. Your wedding destination close to home.

We are very disappointed to cancel Hands-On History Camp this year. It is one of our most fun events all year. ​Mainly b...
06/13/2020

We are very disappointed to cancel Hands-On History Camp this year. It is one of our most fun events all year.

Mainly because of the small size of our buildings, many of our hands-on activities, age range of campers, and NH regulations, we are concerned that holding camp in July 2020 would not be safe for either campers, volunteers, or counselors. We certainly would love to see campers and volunteers, new and returning, in July, 2021.

Join your neighbors in getting the NLHS all set to open!Join us anytime this Saturday, June 13th between 10am and 2pm.We...
06/12/2020

Join your neighbors in getting the NLHS all set to open!
Join us anytime this Saturday, June 13th between 10am and 2pm.

We will have a list of task suitable for all ages! There are things to do inside and outside, so the weather won't deter us!

Snacks and drinks provided as well as hand sanitizer, masks and gloves.

Just a reminder, we want your photos! If you have any New Hampshire COVID specific photos; people sewing masks, nature, ...
05/17/2020
Life in NH during COVID-19

Just a reminder, we want your photos!

If you have any New Hampshire COVID specific photos; people sewing masks, nature, restaurants delivering food, food being gifted to front-line workers, messages of hope, parades, etc; and would like to share please email them to

[email protected] with the subject: New Hampshire during COVID-19.

http://www.newlondonhistoricalsocie
ty.org/life-in-nh-during-covid-19.html

Be sure to check out our Young At Art "Virtual Art Show" Featuring original artwork from children in grades K-12 from th...
05/11/2020
Young At Art

Be sure to check out our Young At Art "Virtual Art Show" Featuring original artwork from children in grades K-12 from the Kearsarge, Sunapee and Upper Valley areas.

http://www.newlondonhistoricalsociety.org/young-at-art.html

Young At Art The New London Historical Society's Young at Art "virtual" art show. May 11, 2020 Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the New London Historical Society Young at Art committee has decided to...

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05/09/2020

New London Historical Society's cover photo

New Hampshire Friends, we want your photos!We are putting together a compilation of photos of life in New Hampshire duri...
04/24/2020

New Hampshire Friends, we want your photos!

We are putting together a compilation of photos of life in New Hampshire during COVID-19. If you have any New Hampshire COVID specific photos; people sewing masks, nature, restaurants delivering food, food being gifted to front-line workers, messages of hope, parades, etc; and would like to share please email them to

[email protected] with the subject: New Hampshire during COVID-19.

Just a reminder, children should not be easily identifiable in photos.

http://www.newlondonhistoricalsociety.org/life-in-nh-during-covid-19.html

04/15/2020

In the face of current coronavirus crisis, the New London Historical Society is committed to doing its part by observing the limitation of social distancing, meeting size and sanitation requirements. Our top priority is the health and safety of our staff, many volunteers, summer guests and community. All of us are truly facing an unprecedented situation.

The office and Village are currently closed and will remain so until further notice. All phone calls and emails will continue to be answered daily. The board of directors is seeking ways to present some of our planned activities virtually, such the annual Young At Art Show. Students will have the opportunity to submit an artwork via their school art teacher. Please reach out if you don’t have access to an art teacher and we will help get your work submitted. The show will be on the NLHS website and page beginning May 11.

We are accepting enrollments, without payment, for Hands-on History Camp for the weeks of July 13-17 and 20-24. Additionally, we would all like to see the Village open on our original date of Sunday, May 31, as well as celebrate the June and July events of Living History Day and Strawberry Festival (June 28), Civil War Re-enactment (July 19). But it is currently impossible to predict what will happen in the coming weeks or months.

Please stay tuned to our website, www.newlondonhistoricalsociety.org, and page for announcements. Today, our hearts go out to anyone’s family that has been impacted by the virus.

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11/08/2019

New London Historical Society

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11/07/2019

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Harvest Sunday
09/24/2019

Harvest Sunday

Harvest Sunday

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07/24/2019

New London Historical Society's cover photo

Susan Rumsey and her husband Alan Irwin were huge supporters of the New London Historical Society!
07/22/2019

Susan Rumsey and her husband Alan Irwin were huge supporters of the New London Historical Society!

1967 Weaver Mrs. Susan Rumsey of New London,N.H. left a job in an advertising agency to work in the Cranbrook Art Museum and later enrolled in the Academy there, majoring in weaving with a minor in ceramics and sculptures. At the time she hoped to interest high school students in the art of weaving. www.facebook.com/NewHampshireThenAndNow

Come join the fun!
07/05/2019

Come join the fun!

Spring we're ready!!!
06/24/2019

Spring we're ready!!!

Also the alma mater of Dr. Anna Littlefield of New London, NH.
03/27/2019

Also the alma mater of Dr. Anna Littlefield of New London, NH.

The three women pictured in this incredible photograph from 1885 -- Anandibai Joshi of India, Keiko Okami of Japan, and Sabat Islambouli of Syria -- each became the first licensed female doctors in their respective countries. The three were students at the Women’s Medical College of Pennsylvania; one of the only places in the world at the time where women could study medicine.

As Mallika Rao writes in HuffPost, "If the timing doesn't seem quite right, that's understandable. In 1885, women in the U.S. still couldn't vote, nor were they encouraged to learn very much. Popular wisdom decreed that studying was a threat to motherhood." Given this, how did three women from around the world end up studying there to become doctors? The credit, according to Christopher Woolf of PRI's The World, goes to the Quakers who "believed in women’s rights enough to set up the WMCP way back in 1850 in Germantown.”

Woolf added, "It was the first women’s medical college in the world, and immediately began attracting foreign students unable to study medicine in their home countries. First they came from elsewhere in North America and Europe, and then from further afield. Women, like Joshi in India and Keiko Okami in Japan, heard about WMCP, and defied expectations of society and family to travel independently to America to apply, then figure out how to pay for their tuition and board... . Besides the international students, it also produced the nation’s first Native American woman doctor, Susan La Flesche, while African Americans were often students as well. Some of whom, like Eliza Grier, were former slaves."

To introduce children to more pioneering female doctors, we recommend the picture books: “Who Says Women Can’t Be Doctors? The Story of Elizabeth Blackwell” for ages 4 to 8 (https://www.amightygirl.com/who-says-women-can-t-be-doctors), "Dr. Jo: How Sara Josephine Baker Saved the Lives of America's Children" for ages 5 to 9 (https://www.amightygirl.com/dr-jo), and “The Doctor with an Eye for Eyes: The Story of Dr. Patricia Bath” for ages 5 to 9 (https://www.amightygirl.com/the-doctor-with-an-eye-for-eyes)

For a fascinating book for adults about America's first Native American doctor, Susan La Flesche, we highly recommend "A Warrior of the People" at http://amzn.to/2zdzcDf

For more books to show kids that science is for everyone regardless of gender, check out our blog post, "60 Books to Inspire Science-Loving Mighty Girls," at https://www.amightygirl.com/blog?p=13914

And, to encourage your Mighty Girl to make her mark on the world as a doctor or scientist, you can find toys and kits to foster her interest in our blog post, "Top 60 Science Toys for Mighty Girls," at https://www.amightygirl.com/blog?p=10528

Kirk S. Ramsey Art
03/24/2019

Kirk S. Ramsey Art

A Winter's Scene - New London Historical Society, N.H.
Technical Pen 8.5 x 11

Waiting for the snow to melt and the summertime guests to fill these quiet fields once again, the centuries old buildings patiently stand sentinel, reminders of the hardy, prim and proper New Hampshire heritage which they represent.

02/12/2019

Tonight's Dessert Social by Christine Kellett is canceled due to weather. We will reschedule in May.

01/23/2019

Thursday's Child dinner at the Coach House at New London in is to benefit 2 local historical societies (New London and Sunapee). Gather your friends and make a reservation and join the fun while enjoying a great meal prepared by someone else!!

12/29/2018

Thank you so much to all those who helped us surpass last year's donations for our Raise the Roof campaign! Let's keep the momentum going into 2019 and make this our best year ever!

Happy New Year!

Help Us Surpass Last Year's Raise the Roof Donations!We’re within $30 of last year‘s donations for Raise the Roof and wo...
12/21/2018
2018 Raise the Roof

Help Us Surpass Last Year's Raise the Roof Donations!

We’re within $30 of last year‘s donations for Raise the Roof and would love it if you would help us pass that goal!

Remember, you can also go to our web site to donate by following this link:

http://www.newlondonhistoricalsociety.org/2018-raise-the-roof.html

Seasons greetings and thank you for all your support!

2018 Raise the Roof Raise the Roof is our annual fundraising campaign. Donations are designated to re-roof and repair our 15 old buildings. Re-roofing the Claude Goings Violin Shop is the...

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12/10/2018

New London Historical Society's cover photo

12/02/2018

Dashing Through the Snow is cancelled due to freezing rain.

12/02/2018

Holiday Open House Canceled!

12/01/2018

Program of Events

Dashing Through the Snow Holiday Open House
Sunday, December 2, from Noon to 3:30

Noon-2:45
Bake Sale (Country Store)
Blacksmith (Blacksmith Shop)
Crafts for Children (Meeting House)
Flute (Scytheville House Parlor)
Hearthside Cooking (Scytheville House Kitchen)
Raffle (Transportation Building Lobby)
Refreshments - (Meeting House)
Spinning (Scytheville House Parlor)

12:30 - Tuba Trio (Transportation Building)
12:30-2:30 - Meet Santa (Lauridsen Welcome Center)

12:30 -1:00 - Story-time (Schoolhouse)

2:00-2:30 - Story-time (Schoolhouse)

2:45 - Teddy Bear Parade
Bring your teddy to join the fun! (Transportation Building)

2:55 – Raffle – [You don’t have to be present to win.] (Transportation Building)

3:00 - Performance and Sing-along with the Hilltop Madrigals (Meeting House)

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179 Little Sunapee Rd
New London, NH
03257

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New info added!
The truth about black history in our part of New Hampshire is still being uncovered. (I'd be interested in hearing about related memories in New London. - RC)
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Come join the fun!
How much is it to get in this year?
Hannaford's has chosen New London Historical Society for their Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag program for the month of December. Every time the Community bag is purchased from the NL Hannaford in December, we receive $1 donation! Let us know when you purchase yours, and thank you in advance!