Chesterfield NH Historical Society
Chesterfield NH Historical Society

2020 Progrms

Chesterfield Historical Society Annual Meeting

October 27

7pm 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.

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.

Votes for Women:  A History of the Suffrage Movement

A Humanities to Go Program

Presented by Liz Tentarelli

Tuesday, Oct. 6th

7PM Via Zoom

(Co-Sponsored by Friends of Chesterfield Library)

 

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. 

Jennie Powers:  "The Woman who Dares"

A NH Humanities to Go Program

Presented by Jenna Carroll

Thurs. Sept. 24 at 7pm 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.

Chesterfield Stonewalls

Tues. March 3

Town Hall Annex

3-5pm

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. 

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

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

https://nhdes.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=f4d57ec1a6b8414190ca0662456dffb0

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