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 House 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! Due to concerns regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Newport Historical Society’s Museum is not open to public at this time.

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.

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New Hampshire’s first Lafayette Trail marker was unveiled and dedicated on Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at its location o...
11/10/2020

New Hampshire’s first Lafayette Trail marker was unveiled and dedicated on Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at its location on the town’s common, in Newport, NH! Despite the slight drizzle, the Sunshine Town came through as Town Manager Hunter Rieseberg and others, participated in the dedication ceremony.

On June 27, 1825 during his “Farewell Tour,” the Marquis de Lafayette was welcomed to Newport by its citizens and later entertained in the homes of Colonel William Cheney and James Breck, Esq., before continuing on to Claremont.

Julien Icher, founder and president of The Lafayette Trail
https://thelafayettetrail.org , spoke about Lafayette and The Lafayette Trail marker program, that plans to place historically significant markers in the twenty-five states that Lafayette visited during his 1824-1825 “Farewell Tour.”

Following the ceremony, the Newport Historical Society’s Museum Director Larry Cote, gave Mr. Icher a tour of the Society’s museum. In addition, a socially distanced tour of the Corbin Covered Bridge and a visit to the gravesite of New Hampshire’s last surviving Revolutionary War soldier, Joel McGregor, was made. It’s quite possible that McGregor was present at the reception that Colonel Cheney held for Lafayette when he was in Newport, as Wheeler’s town history notes that “he was introduced to the soldiers of the Revolution.”

One other connection to Lafayette that we found in Newport, was at the Sarah Josepha Hale Memorial Park at the Richards Free Library on North Main Street. While the Marquis de Lafayette laid the cornerstone of the Bunker Hill Monument in Boston in 1825 (on the 50th anniversary of the battle), it was Newport’s Sarah Josepha Buell Hale that helped to raise the funds to complete the building of the monument (through a seven-day fair at Boston’s Faneuil Hall in 1840)!

We wish Julien Icher all the best as he continues his work with The Lafayette Trail!

Did you know that the Marquis de Lafayette, a hero of the American Revolution and a close friend of George Washington, t...
10/27/2020

Did you know that the Marquis de Lafayette, a hero of the American Revolution and a close friend of George Washington, traveled back to the United States from France, for a “Farewell Tour” (1824-1825), that included Newport, NH as one of his stops?!

Lafayette stopped in Newport on June 27, 1825 where “a very large concourse of people had assembled to greet his arrival...amid the acclamations of the multitude, the waving of banners, the ringing of bells, and the booming of cannon.” What a welcome!

Please join Newport’s town manager Hunter Rieseberg and The Lafayette Trail’s founder and president Julien Icher on Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 10 AM on the Newport town common, as a Lafayette Trail Marker is unveiled and dedicated.

https://thelafayettetrail.org/

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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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.

06/06/2017
www.newportnhhistory.org

Link to Gift List:

http://www.newportnhhistory.org/geekfree/uploaded/pdfs/2017__gift_list.pdf

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 Movement: ...
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.

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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!

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Does anyone know who built this house at 523 N. Main St. in 1790 & who the original owner was?
9/11/18 Who bakes the best cookies in town and the most original. No contest.
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INVENTED IN NEWPORT? “MODERN” BASKETBALL SHOE Recorded in forgotten history, Converse was not the inventor of the basketball shoe! Ask the average person who invented the basketball shoe and chances are they’ll answer Converse, whose “Chuck Taylor’s” and the All-Stars are almost as iconic to America as apple pie. But almost a decade before the first Converse basketball shoes rolled out of assembly rooms, at the People’s Shoe Store in Newport, New Hampshire the definition of the modern example caught national headlines. The story is an interesting one… In 1892 the U.S. Rubber Company introduced the first rubber-soled shoes in the country, sparking a surge in demand and production. With rubber soles and canvas sneakers, line called “Keds” became better known as “sneakers” because they were so quiet…allowing a person wearing them to sneak up one someone. While basketball had only been invented the year before in Springfield, Massachusetts, early athletic shoes were as impractical as they were prone to slips and falls. A.C. Spalding would create the first shoes specifically designed for basketball in 1902, but they were still based on Victorian athletic wear…all leather with the rubber sole was structured like a regular boot…and still slipped. Meanwhile in Newport in November 1906, while working at the W.H. McElwain Shoe Factory, Francis Parnell Murphy was also doubling as store owner of “The People’s Shoe Store” at 6 North Main Street and coaching the Newport Basketball Team. Knowing shoes as he did, and possessing a creative mind…he quickly become frustrated with the fumbling of his players due to the design of their shoes. At this time Murphy had helped organized a local league comprised of Newport, Brattleboro, Bellows Falls and St. Johnsbury, Vermont…of which he was elected president. By happenstance, Murphy’s younger brother Walter was working at the Apsley Rubber Company of Hudson, Massachusetts. Together in early 1907 they become working on their “Can’t Slip Basketball Shoe”, the design of which would be virtually identical to the design Converse would introduce to the world a decade later. Abandoning stiff leather, the Murphy brothers fashioned a flexible canvas upper and a specially designed flat rubber sole, specifically designed for gripping floors and trimmed in black leather. The shoe was priced from $7.50 to $9.00 a pair. The shoes made their debut at trade shows in New York in November 1908, the same year Converse opened its doors in Massachusetts to start selling rubber boots. Unfortunately for whatever reason the brothers never patented their concept, nor have the financial backing to take their invention to market…likely why their invention was forgotten. As for the Newport basketball team? The shoes worked wonders…and under Murphy they claimed victory in the claim in 1906 and 1907. While wearing the Murphy’s “Can’t Slip Basketball Shoe” in 1907, they won an astounding 26 games out of 33! If the modern definition of the basketball shoe would be the canvas, flat soled design popularized by Converse in 1917, then it’s invention started in the back room of a little shoe store in Newport.
Have you seen what they have done to the interior of the Epiphany? WOAH!!! Do you think they will be able to keep that Historical plate? Those pews were GORGEOUS!!!! I thought they were only going to remove a few pews.
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