Chesterfield NH Historical Society
Chesterfield NH Historical Society

Events

Chesterfield Historical Society Meetings

The CHS Board 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.

Chesterfield Historical Society Annual Meeting

Wed. Oct. 23

6PM

Spofford Fire Department

9 Pontiac Drive

Spofford, NH 03462

 

All are welcomed to our Annual Meeting.  As usual it is a potluck.  Please bring a dish of your choice.  Refreshments will be provided.

This year we will have a presentation about:

 

Estey Organ Company

by Dennis Waring

 

The Estey Organ Company, in Brattleboro, VT was the largest organ manufacturer in the US.  At its peak it employed about 700 people and sold its high-quality items around the world.  It is estimated that between 1846 - 1955, it produced over a half a million reed organs.  The founder, Jacob Estey (1814 - 1890), was from Hinsdale and started life as a plumber.  Although, he had no musical training, he was an amazing businessman who saw the manufacture of reed organs as a good opportunity. Come learn about this man, his business talent, and his legacy.  

 

Remember, you don't have to be a member to attend.    

2019 Past Programs

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.

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

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

 

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

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