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. 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.
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Founded in 1954, The New London Historical Society is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that maintains a 19th Century-style village and museum. The mission of the New London Historical Society is to preserve the history of the New London area by conserving artifacts, collaborating with other local and regional organizations, and presenting educational programs and events that replicate experiences of yesteryear. The Historical Village, set on eight acres of land in the heart of New London, NH, serves as a classroom for local schools and small groups; is the site of a children’s summer camp; and serves as the backdrop for many local artisans. During the spring, summer and fall seasons, the Village offers both docent- and tablet-guided tours through its fifteen buildings, which include a transportation museum housing an extensive collection of restored horse-drawn carriages and sleighs. The Program and Events Committees offer monthly programs that highlight local and national figures and events from the 19th Century. Our tours and programs provide opportunities for visitors to imagine life as it was over 150 years ago. We have an extensive collection of artifacts from the 1800s that are exhibited throughout the Village and are germane to the former use of each historical building. The Collections and Acquisition Committee works diligently to record these artifacts, and our digital catalog is linked to the New Hampshire Historical Society with other statewide collections.

New London Historical Society
11/08/2019

New London Historical Society

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11/07/2019

New London Historical Society's cover photo

Harvest Sunday
09/24/2019

Harvest Sunday

Harvest Sunday

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07/24/2019

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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

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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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11/19/2018

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11/19/2018

Update for Dashing Through the Snow Holiday Open House
Sunday, December 2

Just added! Teddy Bear Parade
Dress up your teddy bear, visit the bears on display and parade through the Carriage and Sleigh Museum - parade begins at 2:45

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10/10/2018

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10/10/2018

Hello Friends of NLHS!

I'm holding an informational and planning meeting for Friendly Frights Village walk this afternoon at 5:00 PM in the Meeting House. I need people to help with this event, so please come and join us if you think gently spooky Halloween for young children is fun!

If you'd like to help but can't come this afternoon, please contact us at 526-6564 or email to [email protected].

Thank you!

10/06/2018

Tomorrow is Harvest Sunday!
Program of Events

1:00-4:00 Hearth-side Cooking Scytheville House Kitchen
1:00-4:00 Ice Cream Making & Oat Grinding Griffin Barn
1:00-4:00 Blacksmith Blacksmith Barn
1:00-4:00 Bake Sale Country Store
1:00-4:00 Braiding rugs Phillips Barn
1:00-4:00 Games and Puzzles Phillips Barn
1:00-4:00 Cider-Pressing The Green

1:00-1:45 Weaving Griffin Barn
1:00-2:30 Horseshoe Demo and Games Horseshoe Pit
1:00-3:00 Drop Spindle and Spinning Scytheville Parlor
1:00-3:30 Pumpkin Bowling and Games The Green
1:00-3:30 Tour of Carriage & Sleigh Museum
1:30-4:00 Grilled Hot Dogs Next to Campfire
1:30-3:30 Roast marshmallows and hot dogs Campfire

2:00-3:00 Sing-Along and Dancing Meeting House
3:30-4:00 Fill Piano Box Pumper and Put Out Fire Campfire

10/05/2018

Just finished churning a test batch of pumpkin ice cream for Harvest Sunday....it is deeeeeelicious! Come help churn more and taste for yourself 1-4 Sun. Oct. 7th .

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08/16/2018

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07/10/2018

Tonight's Croquet Picnic will be rescheduled due to change in weather. Check back!

New London Historical Society
05/30/2018

New London Historical Society

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05/30/2018

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Thank you Tuesday Gang!  After months of work on Tuesday mornings, the Schoolhouse windows have been re-glazed by this h...
04/24/2018

Thank you Tuesday Gang! After months of work on Tuesday mornings, the Schoolhouse windows have been re-glazed by this handy group and were re- hung this morning!

Spring is trying to come to New London.
04/11/2018

Spring is trying to come to New London.

03/12/2018

Important!
Christine Kellett's lecture tonight on Church and State is being postponed due to the predicted winter storm. It is being rescheduled for September, so check back later for dates. Stay warm and safe!

New London Historical Society
03/02/2018

New London Historical Society

Late winter moon over the Village

Late winter moon over the Village
03/02/2018

Late winter moon over the Village

Thank you all for attending Jim Perkin's lecture last night at the Tracy Memorial Library --the history of New London is...
02/14/2018

Thank you all for attending Jim Perkin's lecture last night at the Tracy Memorial Library --the history of New London is so interesting! And thank you to Linda Jaggard, Peg Birch, and Laurie Lauridsen for providing yummy cookies.

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01/23/2018

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Late September wedding held at New London, NH Historical Society!
01/06/2018

Late September wedding held at New London, NH Historical Society!

One of our late, September weddings....right out of a Bridal Magazine.
This bouquet was EVERYTHING!

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01/06/2018

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It’s beautiful at the Village in the winter!Join us for the Great Backyard Bird Count on Saturday morning, February 17th...
01/06/2018

It’s beautiful at the Village in the winter!
Join us for the Great Backyard Bird Count on Saturday morning, February 17th, 10-11 AM. Everyone welcome—serious birders, amateurs, and anyone just looking for a lovely hour of birds, views, and fresh air. Check back for more details soon!

Raise the Roof campaign continues!  We are almost halfway to this year’s goal, so please give generously for the ongoing...
12/13/2017

Raise the Roof campaign continues! We are almost halfway to this year’s goal, so please give generously for the ongoing preservation of our buildings. Tax deductible 501 (c) 3.

Thank you for the donations already sent in—we are gathering materials for work on the Schoolhouse and the Country Store.

Thank you all for coming out to celebrate the holiday season yesterday!
12/04/2017

Thank you all for coming out to celebrate the holiday season yesterday!

12/04/2017

A great time was had by all! Thank you so much for all the volunteers who made it such a fun day! Mark your calendars for the first Sunday in December 2018. We'll do it again with some new twists!

The Annual Holiday Open House in the NLHS Village is this Sunday, December 3.  Oh, you want to be sure to put this on yo...
12/02/2017

The Annual Holiday Open House in the NLHS Village is this Sunday, December 3. Oh, you want to be sure to put this on your calendar! So much to do- all technology free!
Horse drawn carriage rides; unique gifts and raffle, shopping the Village Store, enjoy crafts and story time for the children, listening to live holiday music, hearthside cooking, spinning, and the blacksmith at his forge. And , of course, Santa will be stopping by too!!

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179 Little Sunapee Rd
New London, NH
03257

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Found this metal detecting. Could you please tell me what the history of it is
Found this metal detecting. Could you give me the history on it.
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)
Storm causes delays, cancellations...
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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!