Chesterfield NH Historical Society
Chesterfield NH Historical Society

Events

Chesterfield Historical Society Meetings

We usually meet 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.

 

All 2019 programs will take place in the Asbury United Methodist Church, 532 NH Route 63, Chesterfield, NH.  They are all free and open to the general public.  

The Friendly Tavern

by

Alan Rumrill

Tues. July 16th

7PM

Asbury United Methodist Church

532 NH Route 63

Chesterfield, NH

(White church in the center of town)

 

Alan Rumrill, the Executive Director of the Historical Society of Cheshire County (NH), will give a presentation that  explores the history of public lodging in the region from the mid-1700s to the mid-1900s.  The story is told through the history of three dozen Cheshire County taverns, hotels, grand hotels, motels, and country inns.    

 

All are Welcomed

Refreshments will be served

Madam Sherri Revisited

by 

Lynne Borofsky

Thurs. Aug. 1st

7PM

Asbury United Methodist Church

532 NH Route 63

Chesterfield, NH

(White Church in the center of town)

 

Lynne Borofsky, a local authority on Madame Sherri, will share some of the material recently found in the home of the late Ann Stokes.  Ann purchased the famous Castle property and the forest around it and worked diligently to preserve them.  Also, some buried archived material found by the late Wayne Carhart, President of the Battleboro Historical Society 1998 - 2004, will be revealed.  The program will end with a 30-minute documentary film by American Ruins on Madame Sherrie who some consider one of our most famous, or, for some notorious, Chesterfield residents.  

 

All are Welcomed

Refreshments, Madame Sherri Style, will be served.

Past Programs 2019

Diver finds Old Navy Bomb in Lake Spofford

by Annette Spaulding

Thurs. July 11th

7pm

Asbury United Methodist Church

532 NH Route 63

Chesterfield, NH

(White Church in the Center of Town

 

In April 1952, the Navy dropped several practice bombs on a frozen Lake Spofford. Two were recovered, the rest lie deep in the lake’s silt, their location unknown. Recently, while searching for the remains of the Steamship Allegretto, Annette Spaulding made the unexpected discovery of a third bomb.  Come join us as Annette reveals how this was accomplished.  She will show, for the first time, a video and photos of this amazing discovery.  

All are Welcomed

Refreshements will be served

35 Years of Diving in Spofford Lake 

History, Fish, and Adventures

by

Annette Spaulding

 

Tues. June 11

7PM

Asbury United Methodist Church

532 NH Route 63

Chesterfield, NH  (White church in the center of town)

 

Annette returns with some interesting discoveries that she has made in Spofford Lake, none of which she has shared in her other presentations.  There will be underwater footage, slides and stories that will amaze you.  

All are Welcomed

Refreshments will be served

 

2018 Programs

The Hurricane of 1938

Wed. Sept 5th, 2018

Chesterfield Town Hall

7PM

 

On Sept. 21, 1938 an unnamed hurricane plowed into a very surprised Southern New England. It created massive devastation as it turned its way northward into Vermont and New Hampshire.  There, still mantaining its punch, it transformed the landscape by uprooting millions of trees.  So many trees were lost that sawmills couldn’t met the demand.  Stephen Long, author of "Thirty-Eight", will discuss just how this storm event transformed New England; bringing about social and ecological changes that can be still observed today.  Afterward his presentation, the Reflections video, The Hurricane of 1938, will be shown.

 

Thirty-Eight is Stephen Long’s second book.  He is founder and former editor of Northern Woodlands magazine and the author of “More Than A Woodlot:  Getting the Most from Your Family Forest”.  He lives in Corinth, VT. 

 

All are Wecomed

Refreshments will be served

 

This program is co-sponsored by the Chesterfield Public Library

Moved and Seconded:  Town Meeting in New Hampshire

Presented by Rebecca Rule

Wed. August 29th

7:00PM at the Chesterfield Town Hall

518 Route 63

Chesterfield, NH

 

Drawing on research from her book, Moved and Seconded: Town Meeting in New Hampshire, the Present, the Past and the Future, Rebecca Rule regales audiences with stories of the rituals, traditions and history of town meetings.  Along the way, she introduces the audience to some of the characters who keep the drama cracking.  The book earned a 5-star rating among its readers.  (Let’s see if she caught the essence of our last two 6-hour Town Meetings.)

 

Rebecca Rule comes from “a long line of New Hampshire Yankees” and has spent much of her life collecting and telling stories about her home state and the wider New England region.  She is the author of 11 books, including “Live Free and Eat Pie”, “Could Have Been Worse – True Stories, Embellishments and Outright Lies” and her latest “Sixty Years of Cuttin’ the Cheese:  Joel Sherborne and Calef’s Famous Country Store".  Also, she appears on NHPTV, having hosted “The New Hampshire Authors Series” for 10-years, and is presently hosting, “Our Hometown”.

 

All are Welcome

Refreshments will be served

 

This program is part of the New Hampshire Humanities’ speakers bureau, “Humanities to Go”, available to nonprofit and community groups throughout New Hampshire. 

Rudyard Kipling Revisited

Presented by Jackson Gillman

Wed. August 8th

7:00pm at the Chesterfield Town Hall

518 Rt. 63

Chesterfield, NH

 

Rudyard Kipling (1865 – 1936) was the most internationally celebrated author of his day, winning the 1907 Nobel Peace Prize in Literature for his collection of work.  For four years (1892 - 1896), he and his wife, Carrie, lived in or near Dummerston, VT.  There he wrote "Jungle Book”, a collection of short stories "The Day's Work" and a novel "Captain Courageous".  This program looks into the life of this intensely private and complex man.  It is part lecture, part living history, and part storytelling, by award winning storyteller, Jackson Gillman.  The presentation includes a revealing interpretation of how much the poem “If” relates to Kipling’s experiences, and some sparkling renditions of several of the classic “Just So Stories”.

 

Jackson Gillman has been telling Rudyard Kipling’s stories since 1978.  He has been featured four times at the National Storytelling Festival and is a three time Teller-in-Residence at the International Storytelling Center.  Since 2000, he has portrayed “Rudyard-in-Residence” for a week at Kipling’s historic home “Naulakha” in Dummerston.  In 2014, he delivered an Off-Broadway dramatic performance of The Magic of Rudyard Kipling: “Just So”, which went on to win the Best Educational Award at the Solo Theatre Festival.

 

All are Welcome

Refreshments will be served

 

This program is part of the New Hampshire Humanities’ speakers bureau, “Humanities to Go”, available to nonprofit and community groups throughout New Hampshire. 

 

What is at the bottom of the Connecticut River?

Presented by Annette Spaulding

Wed. July 25th

7PM

Chesterfield Town Hall

518 Rt. 63

Chesterfield, NH

For over 30 years, master diver Annette Spaulding, has been exploring the depths of the Connecticut River.  During this time, she has found historical artifacts and shipwrecks.  In the fall of 2015, she located a Native American petroglyph (rock carving) at the confluence of the West and Connecticut Rivers.  During this program, she will share some of the stories about her discoveries and display some of her recovered artifacts.

The History of Pisgah

Wed. June 13th

7:00PM at the Town Hall

518 Route 63

Chesterfield, NH

The program will include an introduction by Kim Nilsen featuring the area's 10,000 year history, an update on hikes by Lynne Borofsky, and a movie entitled "Pisgah: A Place Apart"

 

We thank the Friends of Pisgah for making this program possible.

A Presentation By Miss Augusta "Gusty" Pierce

 

On March 28, 2018, Miss Augusta “Gusty” Pierce, a visiting teacher from the past, gave a presentation to the Chesterfield Elementary and Middle School assembly.  She explained what life was like growing up during the 1840s in the Temperance Lake House, now known as the Stone House Tavern.  She explained the importance of the business to the community and the traveling public, how it functioned without electricity and running water, and why the 1840s were in some ways similar to the present day.  Upon the death of her father, EP Pierce, Augusta and her older sister Theresa inherited the building and lived in it for the rest of their lives.  During that time, their younger brother, Benjamin, operated the business.   For more information see "The Stone House Tavern History".

 

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