Welcome to New Market Historical Society
We are dedicated to increasing public understanding of, and enthusiasm for its local history and preservation. Our mission is to provide a central location, where we can store, introduce, interpret, and stimulate the study of local history. Our goals are to tell Newmarket’s story, preserve its local artifacts, and sponsor historical events and educational opportunities.
The Society generally meets on the fourth Monday of the month, March through October. Please consult our program of events for exact dates, times, and locations. The public is always welcome to attend our educational meetings, which are free except for select special events.
“The Last Mills”
Topic for the July 22nd meeting
Photo by Michael Lockhardt Sr.
NEWMARKET CORNET BAND, C1910
The Stone School Museum,
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As the newly elected President of the Newmarket Historical Society, and a newcomer to the town, I am humbled to have been chosen to lead an incredible team of Board Members, curators and volunteers, who share a common goal in the preservation of our town’s historical heritage. I am a retired teacher who spent 25 years of my career here in New Hampshire, my adopted home. Only recently, have we moved from Manchester to Newmarket, and came with the intention of being active in the growth and development of our town. We were attracted to Newmarket by its beautifully preserved Main Street and the revitalization of the Mill Space. We weren’t here even a month when we were invited to participate in the arts and cultural life of this community.
First, I would like to publicly acknowledge the loss of Dr. L. Forbes Getchell and Sylvia Getchell who were among the founders of our Historical Society and its backbone for decades. They have left Newmarket a treasury of labor and artifacts which will never be forgotten. A dedication to Forbes and Sylvia is posted on our website at http://www.newmarketnhhistoricalsociety.org/founding-members/.
This past year has seen more building issues with the Stone School Museum. In the process of mitigating mold issues, asbestos was identified in the basement. Thanks to the prompt action of the town of Newmarket, the asbestos was quickly abated, and has been completed removed. Mold issues, due to the dampness in such an old structure with limited heating, continues to be problematic The tragedy is that many artifacts in our collection are in danger of being lost due to the lack of a controlled environment necessary for their preservation.
Some of these issues have been addressed thanks to the support of the Town and generous discounts from our vendors, as well as, personal donations from our Board members, to meet our bills. In addition to the need to make numerous building repairs, the best long-term approach to protecting the artifacts, is to replace the existing space heater with a complete heating system. Our budget is reliant upon membership fees and gifts to cover our operational expenses. We rely completely on volunteers and no members receive a salary, so we are looking for generous benefactors as well as volunteer manpower. The current Board of Directors has served the town well for decades. Their role is to direct teams and committees and make executive decisions for the society’s good. Without a large group of individuals interested in preserving its heritage there is a limit to what 10 people can do. I would especially like to invite our high school students and college students to check us out. If nothing else it will look great on college applications and job resumes that you have reached out into the life of your community and learned how to preserve historical artifacts. One of our first trainings in the spring will be on how to preserve historical treasures!
As a country, we have been standing on the fiscal cliff and some people have fallen over; but we still need to guard and protect our home. Newmarket is our home. I recently met a resident that didn’t know we had a Museum in our town. I see part of our job is to make the Museum a site to be proud of and a destination for visitors who will want to visit and spend their money in our town businesses.
If you haven’t visited our web site recently ( http://www.newmarketnhhistoricalsociety.org ), please take a look at the ever-growing collection of scanned photos and artifacts that are constantly being added to the web. Many thanks to John Carmichael for the countless hours he’s donated in the process of digitally archiving photos, newspapers, town reports and many other printed documents.
Preserving Our Town is everyone’s responsibility. Growing Our Town is a mission we can accomplish together.
I look forward to meeting more of you at our meetings and events and working with you on preserving our heritage.
President, New Market Historical Society