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Interested in History? Come to The Fells!

By His Side: President Abraham Lincoln and John Hay, presented at The Fells through October 14, 2013.  At age 22, John Hay was a graduate at Brown University, clerking in his uncle’s law office in Springfield, Illinois. Across the hall was attorney and politician Abraham Lincoln, who later hired him as his private secretary in the White House. This exhibit explores Hay’s relationship with the U.S. President during that critical period in our nation’s history. Historical images, records and objects from The Fells and other collections provide the documentation.  Info: 763-4789 or www.thefells.org

Preserving the Past – The New London Historical Society

In 1952, some attendees at New London’s Old Home Day conceived the idea of founding an Historical Society to mark the upcoming 175th anniversary of the town’s incorporation.  A committee was selected to begin the undertaking.  On July 31, 1954, the day of New London’s celebration of its 175th anniversary, an organizational meeting of the New London Historical Society was held at the Town Hall.  “The purpose of this new organization  was to develop interest in the history of the area, to collect and preserve memorabilia and historically significant objects, and to educate and inform a growing population of the importance of our past to present day life.”

For a number of years, since they had no site of their own, the members of the Society met at a variety of locations in town.  However, in 1963, Walter Bucklin donated some farmland on Little Lake Suanpee Road where the Society began to assemble its collection of original and reproduction buildings (a total of 16) which host exhibits that depict aspects of 19th century life in the New London area.

The Historical Society offers a series of programs year-round, including a Holiday Open House, dessert socials with speakers on a variety of subjects, school visits, and many other special events and exhibits, all of which are open to the public.

Visit their web site at A window to the past:  New London Historical Society.

The Ice House, 91 Pleasant St., New London, NH

What’s an “Ice House”?  Quite literally, it’s the building where blocks of ice were stored, layered with sawdust, to be delivered to those people lucky enough to have an “icebox” to keep their food chilled.  In this case, while there is an “Ice House” building, this small, hands-on, children-friendly museum offers much, much more than just the opportunity to see a lot of ice-cutting and handling tools.

The Ice House is a living, working legacy to the New London, NH, area from Bill Kidder, the man who created it and, who, until his death in 2005, spent many happy hours here polishing, tinkering, repairing, mowing, and showing interested folks around.  He and his wife, Petie, collected a great variety of old and interesting stuff, including all kinds of tools and machinery (most of which still work), wonderful children’s riding toys, cars (preferably old Fords) and a wide variety of items of local interest including the Town’s original fire engine, a jail cell and first movie projector. He loved to show people around and share his infectious enthusiasm for “Yankee Ingenuity.”  We hope you’ll visit and come again and again, as there’s no way to see it all the first time through.  We’re open from mid-May to mid-October, Tuesdays and Thursday, 9-4, and Saturday 9-2.  http://www.wfkicehouse.org

Some photos generously provided by John McMahon.


You can find this tag line on the NH Department of Resources and Economic Development’s web site at Welcome to New Hampshire.  If you’re planning a visit to NH for a vacation or house-hunting, it’s the perfect place to start.  You can make your reservations right on line.  The site is designed around the current season and, there is an absolute wealth of information to be found.  Some of the many subjects covered are Arts & Entertainment, Shopping and Antiquing, Family Attractions, What to do, Where to Eat…etc.  For example, in the Arts & Entertainment section, you’ll find a brief description of NH’s music and arts scene, but there are also separate links to “Music”, “Galleries”, “Museums”, “Theatre”, “Film”, and “NH Made”.  There’s even a NH Brewery Location Map!  There are plenty of pictures and even some suggested itineraries suited for the season, and what could be more appropriate than “Yankee Dollar Stretchers”?  You’ll find yourself going back many times.  Come visit us in the New London-Lake Sunapee Area when you get here!  The Best Team in Town | Coldwell Banker Milestone Real Estate

The Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum, Education and Cultural Center

MKIM’s mission is to connect people of today with 20,000 years of ongoing Native American cultural expression.   The Museum embraces cultural diversity and encourages responsible environmental action and seeks to challenge and inspire all of us to improve the quality of our lives and our world.  With these goals in mind, the Museum galleries, grounds and gardens have been designed as teaching tools while also functioning as tranquility zones in which visitors can find respite from the hectic pace of modern life.  The Museum is also a favorite site for educational school field trips and hosts over 5,000 children each year.  Since its founding over 17 years ago, nearly 250,000 people have visited.  There are docent led tours daily and families enjoy the “Quests”, including the Completing the Circle Quest and Medicine Woods Quest.  The Museum is closed in the winter.  Visit the website at:  http://www.indianmuseum.org/index.html