Chesterfield NH Historical Society
Chesterfield NH Historical Society


Chesterfield Historical Society Meetings

The CHS Board usually meets on the last Tuesday of the Month at 7PM at the

Historical Society Building

If you are interested in attending, please contact us to confirm meeting place and time.


Our next meeting is June 29th  at 7PM Via Zoom

If you wish to attend, Contact Donna Roscoe at

2021 Programs

All our Programs were Free

Abenaki Mural in Keene, NH

12,000 Years in the Granite State

Presented by Robert Goodby

June 8


via Zoom


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The native Abenaki people played a central role in the history of the Monadnock region, defending it against English settlement and forcing the abandonment of Keene and other Monadnock area towns during the French and Indian Wars. Despite this, little is known about the Abenaki, and conventional histories often depict the first Europeans entering an untamed, uninhabited wilderness, rather than the homeland of people who had been there for hundreds of generations. Robert Goodby discusses how the real depth of Native history was revealed when an archaeological study prior to construction of the new Keene Middle School discovered traces of four structures dating to the end of the Ice Age. Undisturbed for 12,000 years, the site revealed information about the economy, gender roles, and household organization of the Granite State's very first inhabitants, as well as evidence of social networks that extended for hundreds of miles across northern New England.


Robert Goodby is a professor of Anthropology at Franklin Pierce University in Rindge. He holds a Ph.D. in anthropology from Brown University and has spent the last thirty years studying Native American archaeological sites in New England. He is a past president of the New Hampshire Archeological Society, a former Trustee of the Mount Kearsarge Indian Museum in Warner, and served on the New Hampshire Commission on Native American Affairs. In 2010, he directed the excavations of four 12,000 year-old Paleoindian dwelling sites at the Tenant Swamp site in Keene.

Child in front of a split rail fence with a small white building with two windows down the hille hill Schoolhouse #1 - West Chesterfield

New Hampshire's One-Room Rural Schools:

The Romance and Reality

By Stephen Taylor

May 18


Via Zoom


Hundreds of one-room schools dotted the landscape of New Hampshire a century ago and were the backbone of primary education for generations of children. (Chesterfield at one point had 19.) Revered in literature and lore, they actually were beset with problems, some of which are little changed today. The greatest issue was financing the local school and the vast differences between taxing districts in ability to support education. Other concerns included teacher preparation and quality, curriculum, discipline, student achievement and community involvement in the educational process. Steve Taylor explores the lasting legacies of the one-room school and how they echo today.


Presentation was recording and will be on this website until Wed. May 26
MP4 video/audio file [64.5 MB]


Steve Taylor is an independent scholar, farmer, journalist, and longtime public official. With his sons, Taylor operates a dairy, maple syrup and cheese making enterprise in Meriden Village. He has been a newspaper reporter and editor and served for 25 years as NH's commissioner of agriculture. Taylor was the founding executive director of the NH Humanities Council and is a lifelong student of the state's rural culture.




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