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RICHMOND N.H. HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Richmond's Unique Story

Richmond Historical Society wants to spread our unique past into the larger, digital world.  As one of the earliest towns in southern NH, we have a wealth of historical detail that needs to be stored and shared with any in and outside of our community.  

 

WHAT WE DO

Making A Difference

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EDUCATE

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PRESERVE

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COLLABORATE

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RICHMOND  NH HISTORICAL  SOCIETY  OFFICERS

President - Vacancy,  VP Vacancy, Acting VP-Dick Drew.  Secretary-- Wendy O'Brien,  Treasurer-  Vacancy

 
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MEETING TIMES

We are currently meeting during good weather and after "COVID times" at 12 noon the first Wednesday of every month in the Richmond Town Pavillion.  Everyone is welcome. 

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MISSION STATEMENT

Original Charter Statement

                                                


The mission of the Richmond NH Historical Society is to discover, preserve, record, publish, memorialize, or display the written and unwritten history of Richmond, N.H., and artifacts thereof; to cause and encourage such to be done by others; to cooperate with other historical societies to these ends; to perform a voluntary association of persons interested in, and to do all things necessary in pursuance of the above.

 

PROJECTS AND PROGRAMS

Our little town does not lack for Projects needing attention and completion.  It will always be a process advancing toward completion -- but never entirely completed.  We also hope to build community by hosting a variety of historical presentations from time to time.

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THE HISTORICAL HOUSES MAP

Updating Photos and Documentation

Richmond is blessed with a large number of historic homes.  We are committing to updating the old 1976 Bicentennial information with newer photographs and documentation.  We also have an ongoing project of plotting out a map of Lots and Ranges of Richmond showing its earliest settlers

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THE TOWN POUND

One of Richmond's oldest structures

Most early New England towns had town pounds.  They were used to hold stray animals like cows sheep pigs until their owners could come to claims them

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OUR QUAKER/BAPTIST (AND EVENTUALLY UNIVERSALIST) HISTORY

A Template for Tolerance

In many ways the little town of RIchmond set the pace for religious tolerance and separation of Church and State in early America.  See the blog for more details

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THE TELEPHONE EXCHANGE BUILDING

The bygone era of "hang- on the-wall", dial up Telephones

Line telephones are soon to become a thing of the past with the profusive use of cellulars.  We are preserving a piece of the 1930's -- the age of switchboards and party lines will soon be a phenomenon remembered by no one, if not captured by a bit of preservation

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THE VETERANS MEMORIAL PARK

A community effort

 VETERANS MEMORIAL PARK


The Richmond Historical Society created the Veterans Memorial Park, south of Vets Hall, from raw land in July and August of 2002. After a very successful fund raising campaign , “Adopt a Patriot” , the  monument was dedicated August 3,2002 coinciding with the 250th year since the founding of Richmond , New Hampshire. The monument honors the 179 men who served for Richmond in the Revolutionary War 1775 - 1783. The stone was donated from the land which had been first settled by Jeremiah Thayer and birthplace of the first of three men who died while serving that War effort, Caleb Thayer. The  president of the Richmond Historical Society was Lynn Adams.

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THE TRAMP HOUSE

One of the Few Surviving Examples

What happened, in early times to society's less fortunate?  Many towns had "tramp" houses but few have survived into the twenty first century.  It is important to remember an emblem of compassion and practicality towards wanderers through our landscape.  

See our blog for a detailed essay on this phenomenon.

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SUPPORT US

We are a Not For Profit Organization (501 3c) and will welcome your support in any form

Our strength is amplified with collective action, and you can help make a difference with Richmond N.H. Historical Society right now! The support we receive is a huge driver of the good work we do in addressing some of society’s most challenging problems. Get in touch today and join our community in making a lasting impact.

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CONTACT RICHMOND HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Richmond NH, 03470

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