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Schedule of Events 2019

The Historical Society announces the following events for 2019. 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!






March 28


7:00 PM

Memebership Meeting

Please join us for a casual and relaxed membership meeting. We will be serving snacks and hold an informal discussion about Bensons!


April 25


7:00 PM

Moved and Seconded: Town Meetings in New England with Rebecca Rule

Drawing on research from her book, Moved and Secodned: Town Meeting in New Hampshire, the Present, the Past, and the Future, Rebecca Rul regales audiences with stories of the rituals, traditions, and history of the town meeting, including the perennial characters, the literature, the humor, and the wisdon of this uniquely New England tradition.


May 5



Alice in Wonderland Mad Hatter Tea Party!

Come join us for a tea party at the Hills House! Includes tea, sandwiches and small desserts. $30.00 for one parent and one child, $10.00 per additional child.

Please contact Jess for tickets: 603-595-9701


May 11


8:00AM - 3:00 PM

Hudson Historical Yard Sale!

Come join us at the Hills house for our spring yard sale.

May 22



6:00 PM

Annual Meeting


June 9


4:00 PM

"Taste of the Town" Spring Auction

Keeping it local, we will be serving food from vendors all around Hudson! Beverages included!

Tickets are only $30! If you woul like to purchase tickets, please E-mail or call us at: 603-880-2020.


June 20


7:00 PM

Harnessing History: On the Trail of New Hampshire's State Dog, the Chinook with Bob Cottrell

This program looks at how dog sledding developed in New Hampshire and how the Chinook played a major role in this story. Explaining how man and his relationship with dogs won out over machines on several famous polar expeditions, Bob Cottrell covers the history of Arthur Walden and his Chinooks, the state dog of New Hampshire.

Bob Cottrell hold an MA fomr the Winterhur Program in Earyl American Culture in Delaware. The foudning director of the Remick Country Doctor Museum in Tamwrth, he is now the curator of the Henney History Room at the Conway public library, a board memeber at the Conway Historical Society, and President ex-officio of the Tamworth Historical Society. He serves as an independent history and museum consultant.





House Tours at Old Home Days!


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

September 26



New Hampshire's Long Love-Hate Relationship with Its Agricultural Fairs with Steve Taylor

The first agricultural fair in North America was held in what is now Londonderry in 1722, and it would become a wildly popular event lasting for generations until it came to be so dominated by gambling, flim-flam, and other "scandalous dimensions" that the legislature revoked its charter in 1850. But fairs have always had strong supporters and eventually the state came around to appropriating modest sums to help them succeed. Temperance groups and others would continue to attack the fairs on moral grounds and their close connection to horse racing was a chronic flashpoint. Steve Taylor will discuss the ups and downs of the fairs down through years and how public affection for rural traditions helps them survive in contemporary times.

Steve Taylor is an independent scholar, farmer, journalist, and longtime public official. With his sons, Taylor operates a dairy, maple syrup, and cheese making enterprise in Meriden Village. He has been a newspaper reporter and editor, and served for 25 years as New Hampshire's commissioner of agriculture. Taylor was the founding executive director of the New Hampshire Humanities Council and is a lifelong student of the state's rural culture.





7:00 PM



October Cemetary Tours