New Boston Historical Society New Boston, New Hampshire
Welcome to the website of the New Boston Historical Society!
Navigating this website
Look under the cannon logo in the top left corner of each page for:
Home page - which is this page.
Event calendar lists upcoming Historical Society events.
Town history contains in-depth stories and photos (history by subject).
Timeline is a brief overview of New Boston's history from 1735 to 2013 (history by date).
About us provides information about the New Boston Historical Society, including contact info and photos of the museum.
Links connect you to: on-line histories of New Boston, other useful links, and a Google search of this website.
Fifty years of looking backwards!
The Historical Society was incorporated in 1968, and we will celebrate our 50th anniversary in 2018.
The "objects in mirror" (left) are the New Boston Town Hall and the Old Engine House.
10/20/2017: We added an interview with Jim Dane to "Memories of New Boston".
6/01/2017: We added a new page to the Town history: "Frog Rock".
5/15/2017: We added a new page to the Town history: "Leaving New Boston - the long decline of a New England town 1830-1930".
5/12/2017: We added a new page to the Town history: "New Boston in the Great War 1917-1918".
3/16/2017: New Boston students who will graduate from high school this year should note the May 5 deadline for
our scholarship application.
2/01/2017: We added a new page to the Town history: "Lazy-A: an Underground House".
1/04/2017: Don't miss our Call for Volunteers at the top of our About us page.
1/01/2017: We updated the Event Calendar page with our exciting 2017 presentation schedule.
12/15/2016: We added a new page to the Town history: "Vintage Toys".
9/16/2016: We added a new page to the Town history: "Photography in New Boston".
9/12/2016: We added a new page to the Town history: "Candlepin Bowling in New Boston".
9/09/2016: We added a new page to the Town history: "New Boston in 1911 - a Railwayman's Diary".
6/08/2016: We added a new page to the Town history: "Riverdale: a Hidden Village".
5/27/2016: We added website search to our "Links" page.
5/15/2016: We added Ruth (Grant) Bynum's memories of growing up on a Lyndeboro Road farm (1937-1950) to "Memories of New Boston".
4/06/2016: We added Robert Fuller's "Account of early life 1836-1843" to "Memories of New Boston".
2/01/2016: We added a new page to the Town history: "New Boston's Summer Boarding Houses".
1/13/2016: We added a new page to the Town history: "Mapping the History of New Boston".
12/13/2015: Don't forget the Holiday Open House from 2-4PM on Sunday, December 13th!
8/19/2015: We added a new page to the Town history: "New Boston in 1899".
7/25/2015: We added a new page to the Town history: "Churches and Meetinghouses of New Boston".
6/18/2015: We added a letter from Marian Trow to "Memories of New Boston".
5/13/2015: We provided a workshop about using the Library Edition of the genealogy website Ancestry.com which is available at the Whipple Free Library, plus HeritageQuest Online which you may access from home.
for a printable PDF of "Using 'HeritageQuest Online' and 'Ancestry Library Edition' at the Whipple Free Library" for instructions.
4/12/2015: We posted fifteen years of Bob Todd's "In the Country" columns from the New Boston Bulletin in Todd's Corner.
2/01/2015: We added a new page to the Town history: "New Boston Celebrates Independence Day." Thinking of summer!
1/02/2015: We added new pages to the Town history page to begin a series featuring old houses.
12/24/2014: Farm Collector magazine features an antique New Boston "crawler" tractor and snow plow.
12/14/2014: The new special exhibit "Then & Now" will be on display at the Holiday Open House. Click here for a preview, or here for Bill Wynne's musical video of the Open House.
9/25/2014: WMUR-TV's NH Chronicle broadcast a video about the General John Stark Scenic Byway, including New Boston.
5/16/2014: We added a new page to the Town history: "New Boston's Weathervanes."
1/18/2014: We added a new page to the Town history: "Chills & Pills - New Boston's Doctors."
10/31/2013: We added two new pages for people who prefer patchwork: "Old Quilts" and "New Quilt."
9/20/2013: We added a new page: "Made in New Boston - Businesses from New Boston's Past."
5/11/2013: We posted photos from the Civil War encampment.
5/01/2013: We added a new page: "Hardtack & Coffee - the Daily Life of a Civil War Soldier."
4/12/2013: New Hampshire Public Radio (NHPR) posted a 7-minute podcast, "New Boston: 250 Years in the Making."
2/12/2013: We added a new page: "From One-Room Schoolhouses to the Village School."
1/15/2013: We added two February events to the calendar page, including the Founder's Day Tea.
(Photo by K. Kelley)
11/26/2012: We added a New Boston Gravestones page.
10/28/2012: We added a Bird's-Eye View of New Boston Village page with an aerial photo from Ken Cuneo.
10/21/2012: We added a Gold Rush page based on Bob Todd's presentation about his great-grandfather's California expedition.
7/28/2012: We added a Tavern page about New Boston's hotel on Central Square.
7/03/2012: We added a Mills on the Piscataquog page about New Boston's mills.
4/09/2012: We added a New Boston in the 1700s page about the First Settlements.
2/05/2012: We added a New Boston in the Civil War page in preparation for the February 23 presentation at the Whipple Free Library.
1/22/2012: We created a New Boston postcards page based on a few selections from Ivan Byam's collection of postcards from the early 1900s.
Added 12/15/2011: Test our experimental new Photo Map to display old photos from our collection on a map of New Boston.
The Town history page now has a link to the new Joe English Hill page which discusses the history of Joe English, World War II bombs, and a satellite tracking station. Somehow they're all connected. (Updated 11/29/2013 with memories from the Korean War.)
We created a new General Stores page to remember the importance of the village store to life here in New Boston.
This page was updated with two photos of the November 30, 2011 auction of Dodge's Store. The store reopened January 11, 2012.
(Phil Lavallee photo from July 4, 2009)
July 4, 2011 in New Boston:
Two items normally on display in the Historical Society museum are brought out every Fourth of July.
-- Constitution #2, the Fire Department's 1851 "hand tub" fire engine, was driven to the fairgrounds by Bob Lapointe for a demonstration. See the Fire & Fire-fighting page for more information.
-- The New Boston Artillery Company exercised the Molly Stark Cannon so we updated the Cannon page with a new video.
Thank you everyone who came to our Open House on May 1, 2011 !!!
See photos of the Open House on Flickr.
Click on Event calendar for upcoming events.
In the Spring of 2011, the Historical Society moved from the Old Engine House to the Wason Memorial Building across from Dodge's Store.
New Boston Historical Society
Wason Memorial Building
2 Central Square
New Boston, NH 03070
Phone: (603) 487-2526 when open
Hours: Thursdays, Noon – 2:00 PM
RMoody3415@aol.com (603) 487-3379
Dick Moody, NBHS President
Website last updated October 20, 2017.
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