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Schedule of Events 2018

The Historical Society announces the following events for 2018. Please be aware that some of the events fall on a Wednesday, Thursday or Saturday. Unless otherwise indicated, all events will take place in the Great Room (Meeting Room) of the Hills House at 7:00 PM. Please mark your calendar and join us whenever you can!






April 19


7:00 PM

Historic Gardening Design: Herbalism, Foodways, and the Evolution of Ornamental Flowers

Presented by Erik Wochholz, Curator of Historic Landscapes.

This talk will include a timeline of garden design as well as topics like the history of medicinal plants, culinary food crops, and the diversity of ornamental flower design in early America

Erik Wochholz joined Strawberry Banke in 2012, as historical horticulturalist. While earning his B.A. in philosophy with a focus on environmental ethics from the University of NH, he participated in UNH's five week EcoQuest program in New Zealand, working on an organic farm. Returning to UNH for his second B.A., he furthered his skills at the UNH Woodman and Kingman Horticultural Research farms and interned with the Sustainability Institute. He then spent five years in commercial floriculture.


May 23


7:00 PM

Annual Meeting

The Board of Directors is pleased to announce the annual meeting og the Hudson Historical Society. The Board encourages members to attend. We will provide reports on the years accomplishments, the financial status of the society, and elect officers.


June 14


7:00 PM

Local Native American History with Dr. Robert Goodby

We have enjoyed Robert Goodby's past presentations so much, we have invited him back to discuss local Native American artifacts. The Historical Society will have its collection and Daid Alukonis' collections on display!

Robert Goodby is a professor of Anthropology at Franklin Pierce University in Rindge. He holds a Ph.D. in anthropology from Brown University and has spent the last thirty years studying Native American archaeological sites in New England. He is a past president of the New Hampshire Archeological Society, a former Trustee of the Mount Kearsarge Indian Museum in Warner, and served on the New Hampshire Commission on Native American Affairs. In 2010 , he directed the excavation of four 12,000 year old Paleoindian dwelling sites at the Tenant Swamp site in Keene.


June 24


4:00 PM

Spring Auction

Please join us for this fun time! We will have raffles, auction items and some surprise games!

Tickets are only $30 and will include a buffet meal, beer, and wine!

Please contact a member of the society for tickets!


July 19


7:00 PM

The Grand Resort Hotels of the White Mountains—Architecture, History, and the Preservation Record

Architectural historian Bryant Tolles, Jr. shares the history and architecture of the grand resort hotel phenomenon and hospitality tourism in the White Mountains of New Hampshire from the pre-Civil War era to the present. The primary focus is on the surviving grand resort hotels: The Mount Washington Resort, the Mountain View Grand, the Balsams, the Eagle Mountain House and Wentworth Hall and Cottages. Extensive illustrations document these buildings and others no longer in existence.

History professor and museum director Bryant Tolles is the author of books on New Hampshire and Salem, Massachusetts architecture, the grand resort, hotels of the White Mountains, the summer cottages of the White Mountains, the resort hotels of the Adirondacks (NY), the resort hotels of the New England seacoast, and college and university architecture in New England before 1860. A graduate of Yale College, he earned his MAT in American Studies at Yale and PhD in American and New England History at Boston University. Bryant has served on the faculty of the University of Delaware, Tufts University, and Harvard University, teaching courses on the history of tourism in America and the history of New England. From 1974-1984 he was the executive director of the Essex Institute in Salem, Massachusetts, now part of the Peabody Essex Museum.



August 10-12



House Tours!


The "Alvirne" Hills House will be open for tours at select hours during Hudsons Old Home Days weekend.

September 26




Covered Bridges of New Hampshire

Presented by Glen Knoblock

Covered wooden bridges have been a vital part of the New Hampshire transportation network, dating back to the early 1800s. Given New Hampshire's myriad streams, brooks, and rivers, it's unsurprising that 400 covered bridges have been documented. Often viewed as quaint relics of a simpler past, they were technological marvels of their day. It may be native ingenuity and New Hampshire's woodworking tradition that account for the fact that a number of nationally-noted covered bridge truss designers were New Hampshire natives. Glenn Knoblock discusses covered bridge design and technology, and their designers, builders, and associated folklore.

Glenn Knoblock is an independent scholar and author of fifteen books and over 100 articles. He is also the author and historian on projects relating to Northern New England bridges, New Hampshire cemeteries, and brewing history, and African-American military history. Knoblock has served as the main military contributor to Harvard and Oxford University's landmark African-American Biography Project. He holds a BA in History from Bowling Green State University.




October 25


7:00 PM

Spirits of New England with Dustin Pari!

Being a New England native has allowed Dustin to investigate some very interesting places rich with local history and folklore. This lecture chronicles some of his favorite New England investigations that he has been a part of. It even touches upon a legend with local roots that has become a world-wide phenomenon. A great bit of local history colored with some chilling tales of the supernatural!


October Cemetary Tours

Unfortunately Cemetary Tours have been cancelled for this year, please check back next year.