Chesterfield NH Historical Society
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Event Archives


The Hurricane of 1938

Wed. Sept 5th, 2018 - 7pm

Chesterfield Town Hall


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. 

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


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”.


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


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.


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 25 - 7pm

Chesterfield Town Hall


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


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.

 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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