Newport Historical Society

Newport Historical Society The Historical Society opens each Sunday, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and is handicapped accessible. Join our learned docents, and learn our history!

the Newport Historical Society manages the Nettleton Museum at 20 Central Street, Newport NH. the museum is open each Sunday from 10 am - 2 pm. There is no admission charged. The public is invited!

Mission: The mission of the Newport Historical Society shall be to bring together those people interested in the history of Newport New Hampshire and Sullivan Coun ty New Hampshire. This mission includes: colle cting, preserving and displaying objects of historical significance; providing educational programs; supporting historical research; fostering public interest; supporting the Society and the Newport Historical Society Museum.

Please consider joining us as a member!
10/26/2019

Please consider joining us as a member!

10/05/2019

Please join us at The Corbin Covered Bridge Festival, which will be held on Saturday, October 12, 2019 from 9am to 3pm on Corbin Road by the bridge!

Please join us on Tuesday, September 10th from 6:30 -8:30 PM, in the Richards Free Library Ballroom, Newport, NH, for St...
08/31/2019

Please join us on Tuesday, September 10th from 6:30 -8:30 PM, in the Richards Free Library Ballroom, Newport, NH, for Stephen Alden’s “NH Stonewall Mapper Project!”

This program is brought to you by the Newport Historical Society and is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Please join us on Tuesday, August 13th from 6:30 - 8:00 PM at the Summercrest Senior Living Community, for June Brill Li...
08/04/2019

Please join us on Tuesday, August 13th from 6:30 - 8:00 PM at the Summercrest Senior Living Community, for June Brill Liberman’s “100 Years of Newport Memories.” June will be sharing her memories of growing up and living in Newport.

This program is brought to you by the Newport Historical Society. The program is free and open to the public; light refreshments will be served.

Please join us this evening, July 23rd at the Library Arts Center, Newport,NH, as Mindy Thorpe presents her delightful p...
07/23/2019

Please join us this evening, July 23rd at the Library Arts Center, Newport,NH, as Mindy Thorpe presents her delightful program “Doll Houses - Obsession on a Small Scale,” from 6:30 to 8:00 PM.

Please join us, Tuesday, June 11th, for a presentation on Victorian architecture, by Dr. Richard Guy Wilson.
05/28/2019

Please join us, Tuesday, June 11th, for a presentation on Victorian architecture, by Dr. Richard Guy Wilson.

Please join us for our program on May 14th, at the Richards Free Library Ballroom!
05/06/2019

Please join us for our program on May 14th, at the Richards Free Library Ballroom!

03/25/2019
A few photos from this evening's program on the Corbin Covered Bridge!
09/12/2018

A few photos from this evening's program on the Corbin Covered Bridge!

09/03/2018
Please join us for our program on August 14th, at the Richards Free Library!
08/01/2018

Please join us for our program on August 14th, at the Richards Free Library!

Please join the Newport Historical Society for its July program, “The Covered Bridges of New Hampshire.”
06/30/2018

Please join the Newport Historical Society for its July program, “The Covered Bridges of New Hampshire.”

05/31/2018
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04/29/2018
03/25/2018
02/25/2018
Kearsarge Magazine
02/18/2018

Kearsarge Magazine

See the spring 2018 issue of Kearsarge Magazine before it hits the newsstands, today! Join us at the Newport Historical Society on February 18th, between 12 and 2 p.m.

We picked up a few raffle prizes from businesses that are featured in this issue! While in Webster, we snapped a few pictures at Coffin Cellars, what a place!

Today, you can pick up the new issue (free); meet the folks featured in the magazine (maybe they will sign your copy!); enjoy cookies, brownies and mulled cider (free); meet the Kearsarge staff; and tour the historical society (always free)!

Kearsarge Magazine spring 2018 launch party
Date: Sunday, February 18
Time: 12 to 2 p.m.
Location: 20 Central Street, Newport, N.H.

BONUS: special gift if you bring a toiletry donation (toothbrush, deodorant, etc.) for the area's homeless citizens

Kearsarge Magazine
02/18/2018

Kearsarge Magazine

Come see us today at The Newport Historical Society! Food! Free magazines! Raffles! And all the interesting historical items at NHS! The roads are clear so enjoy a nice outing today with us!

10/09/2017
09/10/2017

Instead of a traditional program this month, we will be hosting the Chamber Business After Hours on Wednesday, the 13th from 5 to 7 pm at the museum.

In addition to the chamber members, the public and historical society members are invited to attend. You can leave your name in Ella Casey's "bucket" for a wonderful door prize consisting of a Corbin Covered Bridge foliage photo pillow, a copy of Billy B Van-Newport's Sunshine Peddler by Jayna Hooper and For All Your Tears, a journal by Hope Johnson Miller Leone, with introduction by Jayna, of Hope's WW-2 internment by the Japanese in Santo Tomas University in Manila, Philippines; one each of our 10 Newport scene post cards, one each of the two Great Gray Owl note card assortments (10 awesome individual photos) and our new Little Red Schoolhouse Joan Dodge ornament proof note cards.

This will also be your last chance to view the past year's museum displays before we rotate for the coming year. Visit with friends, enjoy great conversation, hors d'oeuvres by Lee Dufort and dessert by Pris Hagebusch.

Hope to see you there.

Jacqueline Cote
Treasurer

How wonderful it was to have traveled to Killingworth, CT, to celebrate their town's 350th anniversary! Newport's first ...
09/03/2017

How wonderful it was to have traveled to Killingworth, CT, to celebrate their town's 350th anniversary! Newport's first settlers were from Killingworth, CT...it almost felt like we were going "home!" Thank you Killingworth Historical Society for including us and making us feel so welcome!

Our 350th Anniversary celebration included visitors from Newport, NH, which was founded 200 years ago by settlers from Killingworth. The historic names which are so familar to us (Parmelee, Nettleton, Kelsey, etc.) are common to them as well. Thanks for coming to help us celebrate! Lucinda Hogarty (on right in photo), Chair of the 350th Committee, grew up in Newport, and on the wall is a proclamation from Newport. Visit the Newport Historical Society website: newportnhhistory.org.

This is a Newport High School class reunion, as you can read, being held at the Seven Hearths Inn.  The Building is not ...
12/26/2016

This is a Newport High School class reunion, as you can read, being held at the Seven Hearths Inn. The Building is not longer there, but stood at the current site of Mount Royal Academy in Sunapee

FOUND PHOTO (please share)
From the estate of Mildred Howe, this cabinet photo was taken on July 18th, 1950 at the Seven Hearths in Sunapee. It was the 35th reunion of the Newport High School class of 1915. By all means if members have relatives in the photo, feel free to share. It's always great when history find it's way back home...

Seated around the table, left to right (Mildred's notes):
Mary Harrigan, Edith Scribner, Hester McCrillis, Annie Perry Handley, Margaret Whitemore Sprague, Flora Kibby, Helen Robb Jenkins, Mabel Wright, Eva Shedd Moore

Standing, left to right:
John McCrillis, Pearl Page Bagley, Susie Benway, Mildred Howe, Sadie Robinson Newman, Harry Brown, Mrs. Stephen Searle (teacher) and Arvid ("Finn") Johnson holding sign, "Hutch" between them, Mable Bass Gallop, Jane Howland Hutchinson, Duane Sprague.

15 members of the class in picture, 6 guests.

12/17/2016

Tomorrow - Sunday Dec 18th is the last opportunity to shop at the Newport Historical Society Museum Gift Shop! Lots and lots of quality items for those looking for a fine Newport gift while supporting a fine Newport Organization.

Glassware -- Books -- Variety of Hand-painted Ornaments -- Notecards -- AND MORE!

Museum Hours on Sunday: 10 AM - 2 PM. View our fine exhibits while you are there!

See the whole selection here: http://www.newportnhhistory.org/geekfree/uploaded/pdfs/2016christmas_brochure.pdf

PILLOWS - The Newest Gift Item from the Newport Historical Society - decorative and useful -- a gift to put into use imm...
12/02/2016

PILLOWS - The Newest Gift Item from the Newport Historical Society - decorative and useful -- a gift to put into use immediately! Two of Newport's most identifiable places are pictured: the Corbin Covered Bridge on one; the Newport Common Skating Rink on the other. Photographed by local photographers. $29 each and so much nicer in person than in the post.
Give as gifts so those far from home can re-live the memories of Newport.
Stop by Sugar River Bank lobby any Friday before Christmas, or at the Newport Historical Society Museum (20 Central Street) on most Sundays from 10 - 2.
Mail order is available by sending an email to [email protected] See all the gift items at: http://www.newportnhhistory.org/

Take a look at some of the fine items available at the Newport Historical Society Gift shop! The items can be purchased ...
11/04/2016

Take a look at some of the fine items available at the Newport Historical Society Gift shop! The items can be purchased each Sunday from 10 - 2 at the Museum (20 Central St., Newport);
and at the Sugar River Bank lobby on most Fridays leading up to Christmas.
You can discuss a mail order with us by email - and we'll work to accommodate out of town orders. [email protected]

Calling all long time Newporters to share memories!  Calling all those new to Newport to ask questions! Calling all who ...
10/04/2016

Calling all long time Newporters to share memories! Calling all those new to Newport to ask questions! Calling all who would like to find out more about the old times, here in Newport!
Tuesday, October 11 - 6:30 - 8 pm at the Richards Library Ballroom! YOU ARE INVITED! and it's FREE!

Newport Historical Society presents Steve Taylor, and his informative Grange program, “New Hampshire’s Grange Moveme...
09/04/2016

Newport Historical Society presents Steve Taylor, and his informative Grange program, “New Hampshire’s Grange Movement: Its Rise, Triumphs and Decline” on Thursday, Sept. 15, at 6:30 to 8 PM in the Newport Richard’s Free Library ballroom, 58 North Main St., Newport, NH. This program is free, and open to the public. The facility is handicapped accessible. Light refreshments of the period will be provided.


Founded in 1867, the Grange organization is the oldest surviving agricultural organization in America. In its peak era, the 1890’s thru 1950’s, the organization listed over 1 million members. Newport agricultural residents formed the “Sullivan Grange, No. 8, Patrons of Husbandry” in 1873. This organization was followed a year later by the “Newport Farmers’ and Mechanics Association”. Join the Newport Historical Society on the 15th to learn more about how the Grange promoted and protected the interests of local agriculture and the town.

Four of the many people who were responsible for making the Billy B Van Show and Tribute an amazing success. From Left: ...
08/11/2016

Four of the many people who were responsible for making the Billy B Van Show and Tribute an amazing success. From Left: Cathryn Baird, NHS President, Dean Stetson in the character of BBV, Jayna Hooper author of the newly available book about BBV and Sandy Alexander professional pianist who joined in from Sunapee Historical Society to play the music accompanying the Silent Movie featuring Bill B Van. the even was held on Aug 9 at the Library Arts Center in Newport and hosted by the two Historical Societies.

8/9/16 At the Billy B Van Tribute program

08/05/2016

check out the existing page on Facebook Billy B. Van, maintained by another party, as well as our newly established FB page Billy B Van !

This is a photo of Billy B Van when he broadcast the Winter Carnival over a Boston station from Newport Opera House. We ...
08/05/2016

This is a photo of Billy B Van when he broadcast the Winter Carnival over a Boston station from Newport Opera House. We would love to identify the child in the photo with him. I am hoping anther member of the Historical Society will comment with the date of the broadcast, as I don't have that at my fingertips.

We hope to see many of you who follow our FB posts at the Tuesday, Aug 9th event. 6:30- 8 at the Library Arts Center, 58 N. Main St. (see post at top of NHS FB page)

A Tribute to Billy B. Van, Newport Vaudeville Actor. Tuesday, Aug 9, 6:30 pm at the Library Arts Center.
07/30/2016

A Tribute to Billy B. Van, Newport Vaudeville Actor. Tuesday, Aug 9, 6:30 pm at the Library Arts Center.

New Hampshire's Long LOVE-HATE Relationship its Agricultural FairsTUESDAY - July 12Presented by Newport Historical Socie...
07/09/2016

New Hampshire's Long LOVE-HATE Relationship its Agricultural Fairs
TUESDAY - July 12
Presented by Newport Historical Society
6:30 - 8 at the Library Arts Center (58 N. Main)
Free and open to the public! Light refreshments will be served.

Steve Taylor presents the long, and sometimes scandalous, history of agricultural fairs in New Hampshire since the first fair in Londonderry in 1722.

Newport's 200th Anniversary parade in 1961.  The Newport fire fighter passing in front of the Newport House.  The Newpor...
07/08/2016

Newport's 200th Anniversary parade in 1961. The Newport fire fighter passing in front of the Newport House. The Newport House was destroyed by fire on Christmas Night 1965, and the raining portions of the building were demolished in 1980, according to the book Celebrating Community - Newport NH - 250 Years and Beyond, by Jayna Huot Hooper.
The book is available for purchase at the Newport Historical Society museum, Sundays from 10 - 2; and at the Newport Farmers Market - Most Fridays from 3 - 6 on the Newport Common.

1912 Engine House, Sunapee Street, Newport NH.
06/28/2016

1912 Engine House, Sunapee Street, Newport NH.

Watch a movie at the Coniston Theater!  The third building to the right of the Coniston appears to be MJ Harrington Jewl...
06/10/2016

Watch a movie at the Coniston Theater! The third building to the right of the Coniston appears to be MJ Harrington Jewlers building - built as a bank building.

As the Sports Award season is upon us, here is a photo to reminisce with -- the second place in state 1955 track team.  ...
05/27/2016

As the Sports Award season is upon us, here is a photo to reminisce with --
the second place in state 1955 track team. Those pictured in the photo are identified in the accompanying list. (Taken from an Argus Champion May or June 1955.)
Some very familiar last names: Coronis, Rochford, Feenstra, Corbett, Hayward... many more. Coach is Henry Bunicky.
If you would like to look for old Newport sports team photos stop by the museum on Sunday 10 - 2 and take a look at the multiple binders of school and sports clippings, and the wide array of Towle High School and Newport High School Yearbooks.
If you have items like this to share, contact the museum at 863-1761

Old photo of Elephant Rock. Located near Weed's Sand Pit off Unity Road and beyond.  Larry Cote gave a Newport History M...
05/22/2016

Old photo of Elephant Rock. Located near Weed's Sand Pit off Unity Road and beyond. Larry Cote gave a Newport History MInute on WCNL about the background of the rock and its Native American connection. Stop by the Newport Historical Society museum next Sunday and find out more.

Just a quick shout out to everyone that the Newport Farmers Market season will begin this Friday, May 20 from 3 to 6 pm....
05/16/2016
Newport Farmers Market

Just a quick shout out to everyone that the Newport Farmers Market season will begin this Friday, May 20 from 3 to 6 pm. As in the past, NHS will have a booth located in our usual spot. The Market has a new website, www.newportfarmersmarketnh.com. You can visit the site and learn about the vendors who have signed up and what they offer. You can also visit the Market on Facebook. Two of our members will also participate, Dean Stetson http://advernuts.com/index.php?n=steam_powered_peanut_roaster will be at the Market for the first time with his peanut machine and Lee & Ken Dufort/Dufort's Bakery https://dufortsbakery.com/ will be back again this year. Hope to see you on the Common!!

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Jacqueline Cote
Treasurer

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