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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 holds an MA fromthe Winterhur Program in Early American Culture in Delaware. The fouding director of the Remick Country Doctor Museum in Tamwroth, he is now the curator of the Henney History Room at the Conway public library, a board member at the Conway Historical Society, and President ex-officio of the Tamworth Historical Society. He serves as an independent history and museum consultant.


July 18


7:00 PM

New England's General Stores: Exploring an American Classic

with Ted Reinstein

The general store is literally as old as America itself.

It harkens back to a simpler time and a more rural nation. It conjures acountry-like place where kids come in to by penny candy, and adults to buy everythingfrom fabric to fresh vegetables to four-penny nails. It was a place to pick upmail or the newspaper, and perhaps tarry a bit on a cold, winter's morning to chat over acup of coffee and a warm wood stove.

Long before "Cheers," the general store was the vital and inviting heart of a community, where everyone not only knew your name, but how you took that coffee, how many kids you had, and how's your dad doing, anyway?

And in tough times, it was a place that often treated customers likeou family, extendingcredit when no one else would. In short, the general store was real-life NormanRockwell-deeply woven into America's cultural identity, an integral part of the nation'sself-portrait from its earliest days.

Over the last 50 years, many of New England's general stores, competing with behemoths like Wal-Mart and Target, began to disappear. But then a funny thing happened: people really missed them. And in many towns, decided to hold onto them.

In talking about New England's General Stores: Exploring an American Classic, broadcast journalist Ted Reinstein shares the rich and colorful history of this iconic institution, how they figured in the rise of early American commerce, why they began to fade, and why,like another New England icon, the diner, they have begun to come back and even be re-invented and re-imagined for a new era.

Told with anecdotes from a variety of local landmark stores across the region, the presentation is accompanied by the award-winning photography of Art Donahue.

The presentation runs about 50 minutes, followed by Q&A, and book purchase/signing





 Open House and Exhibit at Alvirne Hills House

The Hills House will be open for tours select hours during 2019 Old Home Days Weekend! 
Come, visit us and enjoy the "Toys of our Childhood" exhibit! 

The house will be open Friday 6-7:30; Sat. 1-7:30; Sunday 1-3. 
While touring the house, take a few extra minutes to enjoy our Scavenger Hunt! 

For further information send email to , visit us on Facebook or call Ruth at 880-2020. 

Admission is $3 per person; 12 and under free if accompanied by adult

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