Vol. 44 Fall 2018
OUR ANNUAL MEETING
The Historical Society’s Annual Meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 17 at 6:30 P.M. Everyone is encouraged to attend. Please bring a dish to share (either a main course, salad, vegetable or dessert). We will not be having our annual “penny auction” this year. There will be an update on our progress with the Stone House Tavern. We have been working diligently to get the Stone House ready for a public opening and we know you will want to hear more about this. We also will be voting on some changes to our by-laws. Copies of the by-laws are available at the Historical Society. This is always a delicious meal and informative meeting. Please come and bring a friend.
OUR SUMMER PROGRAM A HUGE SUCCESS
Our evening summer programs have been extremely successful this year with attendance ranging from 31 – 80 participants. Our latest program, THE HURRICANE OF 38 had an attendance of 65 people. There were many memories and questions from the audience. The programs were arranged by Pam Walton and publicized by Donna Roscoe. Peg Fegley was in charge of refreshments. Most importantly, everyone had a good time and left each program better informed on the subject matter. Thanks everyone for your participation.
A CELEBRATION AND THANK YOU
The Historical Society Board of Directors held a pot luck dinner at Pam and Ken Walton’s home to celebrate the purchase of the Stone House Tavern and to say goodbye to our Executive Director of this project, Naomi (Noe) Lee. Noe was the driving force of our fundraising efforts toward the purchase of the Stone House. We wanted to express our appreciation to Noe for her expertise and her part in the success of this endeavor. We wish her continued success in her future projects. She will be missed.
OUR WORLD WAR I VETERANS
Janice Brown of Merrimack, New Hampshire, who is writing a book about New Hampshire in World I, contacted the Historical Society recently regarding the names of World War I veterans from Chesterfield that are listed on our monument in front of the Town Hall. The list only gives the first initial and last names of the 20 men listed. In her research she found the first names and additional information about these men. We are pleased to have this additional information. We have a WW I scrapbook at the Historical Society.
Few of those names are familiar, even to the old timers among us. Can anyone add other names of long-time residents who were veterans of World War I to the following list?
THOUSAND DOLLAR GRANT AWARDED
This summer the Chesterfield Historical Society was awarded a $1000 grant from More Than a Thrift Store. The grant funds will be used for repairs at the Stone House Tavern.
More Than a Thrift Store (keenethriftstore.com) opened in Keene in 2011 and is presently located at 19 Ralston St. A second store, More Than a Thrift Store 2 recently opened at 1661 Rt. 12 in Westmoreland (near the Rt. 63 turnoff). Clean, gently used donations are accepted and sold. Both stores are all about giving back to the community. Owner Cori Sarsfield donated 100% of the net profits in the form of grants to local nonprofits. Selection is made through an application process, and $150,000 has been awarded since 2012.
We thank the board, volunteers, and employees of More Than A Thrift Store for the work they do to benefit local nonprofits such as the Chesterfield Historical Society.
Robert Wood, son of Dick & Louise remembered fondly his years of growing up in Spofford in the 20s and 30s. In the 1990s wrote interesting tidbits about the Boys of Spofford, NH, all long gone, but there are a number of familiar names and stories about them.
Thank you to those individuals who have worked to make the Gorge a lovely attraction for residents and visitors. The gift shop and rest rooms are now attractive & clean. The Gorge has had visitors from the following foreign countries: Australia, Brazil, Canada, England, Germany, Guam, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, Italy, and Russia.