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.

2020 Programs

All our Programs were Free


Yankee Spy!

Stoddard's Jonathan Hale in the Civil War

Presented by Alan Rumrill

Thurs. Nov. 5th

7pm via zoom


Cheshire County native Jonathan Davis Hale left New Hampshire to seek his fortune in the mid-1800s.  He gained wealth in his adopted state of Tennessee, only to lose it all when the Civil War began because of his support for the Union cause.  His amazing life story is the tale of wealth, happiness, patriotism, danger, loss, and finally, heartbreak and poverty.


Alan Rumrill has been executive director of the Historical Society of Cheshire County for 37 years.  He has written hundreds of articles and 8 books on historical subjects and has made more than 1000 local history presentations.  He is a native of Stoddard where his family has lived since 1770.


This is the vimeo link that Chesterfield Historical Society can send to their members to use through Monday Nov. 9. 

Password: Chesterfield


Chesterfield Historical Society Annual Meeting

October 27


Via Zoom


Unfortunately our annual potluck must bow to the current Covid-19 restrictions and thus must be held virtually.   Our membership and donors have been sent invitations.  If you have not recieved your invitation,


Votes for Women:  A History of the Suffrage Movement

A Humanities to Go Program

Presented by Liz Tentarelli

Tuesday, Oct. 6th


Via Zoom


(Co-Sponsored by Friends of Chesterfield Library)


The campaign for women’s right to vote was a long one, from the 1848 Women’s Rights Convention in Seneca Falls, New York to ratification of the 19th amendment in 1920. Who were the key players in New Hampshire and the nation? What issues and obstacles did they face? How did suffragists benefit from World War I in the final push for passage of the women’s suffrage amendment? Who was left out when women got the right to vote? Using historic photos and documents, Liz Tentarelli will guide us on the journey. 


Liz Tentarelli has a career spanning over 30 years teaching high school and college students, including 19 years at Merrimack College in North Andover, MA.  She has been a member of the League of Women Voters, a non-partisan political organization, for more than 25 years and president of the state League since 2009. The League is a direct descendant organization of the women’s suffrage movement.  Liz was appointed in 2015 by Governor Maggie Hassan to serve on the Citizens Advisory Board to the NH Correctional Facility for Women.  She has presented courses on the issues surrounding female incarceration through Adventures in Learning (Colby-Sawyer College) and OLLI in Concord and Manchester.  She has held appointed offices in two town governments and served 12 years as an elected library trustee in Newbury, NH.  In 2016 she joined the board of the NH Library Trustees Association, where she now serves on the Education Committee.


 Jennie Powers:  "The Woman who Dares"

A NH Humanities to Go Program

Presented by Jenna Carroll

Thurs. Sept. 24 at 7pm

Free Program

Via Zoom



Jennie Powers took a stand against social vices in New Hampshire and Vermont in the early 20th century.  She was a humane society agent in Keene from 1903-1936 and one of the first humane society agents to become a deputy sheriff in New Hampshire.  Jennie was known across the country as “The Woman Who Dares” cited by the Boston Post newspaper in 1906 as having arrested more men than any other woman in America.   As a photographic activist, she used her camera to document animal cruelty, family violence, and wide-spread poverty in New Hampshire’s Monadnock region and beyond. This one-hour illustrated presentation from Jenna Carroll introduces us to Jennie’s life story, the work of humane societies at the turn of the twentieth century, and the politics of the Progressive Era (1890s-1920s) from a local perspective.


Jennifer Carroll has been managing historical societies and museums in New England for over 20 years.  She holds a Master’s of Arts Degree in Historical Administration from Eastern Illinois University and a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in History and Women’s Studies from the University of New Hampshire. She currently serves as the director of education at the Historical Society of Cheshire County in Keene where she coordinates over 150 public programs per year. Jennifer is on the board of directors of the Association of Historical Societies of New Hampshire and serves on the city of Keene’s Campus-Community Commission and Keene International Festival Committee.  She is the 2019 recipient of Keene State College’s Presidents’ Community Partner award as well as Keene Sentinel’s Extraordinary Women of the Monadnock Region award in 2017. Jennifer lives in West Swanzey, NH with her husband and two daughters. 

Thanks to all the folks who came out to listen to the Stonewall Presentation

For those who are interested, the LiDAR map link is:


Chesterfield Stonewalls

Tues. March 3

Town Hall Annex



Chesterfield Historical Society will present the findings of three Keene State Students’ study on our area stonewalls.  Michael Lapen, Isaac Thompson, and Sydney Dudda have spent a semester finding, mapping, and photographing Chesterfield stonewalls.  Join us to learn what they have discovered about the stonewalls that surround us.  All are welcomed! 


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