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2023 Events

And the Bride Wore...

Last Tour: Award-Winning Exhibit 
And the Bride Wore...
A Showcase of 150 Years of Nashua Bridal Fashion


When: 12:00 pm - 2 pm

Saturday, December 16, 2023

Where: Abbot-Spalding House Museum

1 Nashville Street

Nashua, NH

Be sure to join us for the final tour of

"And the Bride Wore...: A Showcase of 150 Years of Nashua Bridal Fashion."

Exhibit curators and textile experts, Janice Fronko and Paula Lochhead, have been awarded the Historic Preservation Recognition Award by the Matthew Thornton Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.  

Janice and Paula will be on hand for this special last chance to see the exhibit, featuring more than twenty unique bridal dresses ranging from corduroy to silk, and from the 1790s to the 1990s. 

Admission: $10 cash or check, $12 credit

Nashua Historical Society members: free

No reservation required.  

Free parking behind the Speare Museum. 

5 Abbott Street

Nashua, NH

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Stitch in Time
Pin Cushion

A Stitch in Time Crafting Circle


10:00 am – 12:00 pm Tuesday, December 5, 2023

Where: Florence H. Speare Memorial Museum

Bring your craft for a relaxing morning in good company. All are welcome!

World War II Oral History Project

World War II Oral History Project

The Nashua Historical Society is developing a film project to document the memories of World War II veterans and civilians.


The project, led by experienced local filmmakers, aims to capture the stories of World War II veterans and civilians, whether told by themselves or by family members, and will encompass both the home front and the war front. 


The Nashua Historical Society would like to extend an invitation to residents of Nashua and the surrounding area to participate in this project.  Residents both current and past are welcome to participate. 

If you would like to share your World War II story, please contact the Nashua Historical Society!


Phone: (603) 883-0015

We would be happy to set up an appointment for you to come in!

World War II Exhibit Opening

World War II in Nashua
The Home Front and Beyond

Learn about Nashua's place in the global war and the ways Nashuans contributed to the war effort, both as civilians and in the military.

Exhibit coming soon! Check back for updates.

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Nashua Mfg Co 200

200th Anniversary of the
Nashua Manufacturing Company

When: Saturday, September 16, 2023, 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

Where: Florence H. Speare Memorial Museum and Abbot-Spalding House Museum

In honor of the 200th anniversary of the Nashua Manufacturing Company, museums will be open.


The museum openings are in conjunction with a mayoral proclamation at 12:30, followed by a tour by Alan S. Manoian and Paula Lochhead, 12:45 pm to 2:00 pm, starting at Le Parc de Notre Renaissance Francais on Water Street in Downtown Nashua.

The historic Nashua gatehouse at Mine Falls Park will be open from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm.

Gravestone Talk

Whispers of the Departed
Unveiling Local Gravestones and Their Symbolic Stories

When: Tuesday, October 17, 2023, 7:00 pm

Where: Florence H. Speare Memorial Museum

Immerse yourself in the rich history of Nashua as we delve into the stories and symbols of local gravestones. Discover the hidden meanings behind the beautiful symbols, hear stories of the past, and gain a deeper understanding of our history through the solemn study of local graves. 

Hailee Attorri is a resident of Nashua and a member of the Association of Gravestone Studies. In the past, her talks have typically been delivered to groups of educators about the importance of using gravestones in the classroom, as she is a high school history teacher.

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Nashua Public Library Veterans Day Celebration

Veterans Day Celebration
Nashua Public Library

When: Saturday, November 4, 2023,

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Where: Chandler Performance Area

Nashua Public Library

2 Court Street, Nashua, NH

The Nashua Historical Society is looking forward to participating in the Veterans Day Celebration at the Nashua Public Library.


Find us at the Library on November 4 to see a preview of the upcoming World War II exhibit!

For more information about the Veterans Day Celebration at the Nashua Public Library, please visit the Nashua Public Library website at:

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Write at the Museum

Write at the Museum

When: Saturday, November 18, 2023,

9:30 am – 3:30 pm

Where: Florence H. Speare Memorial Museum

Are you a writer? Are you looking for inspiration, working on a personal writing project, perhaps writing a 50,000-word novel in the month of November, or just want time to sit down and write?

In celebration of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), the Nashua Historical Society invites writers to join us at the Speare Memorial Museum for a day of writing. Come write in our story-inspiring exhibit spaces. Rarely seen historic writing objects from the Nashua Historical Society’s collection will be on display for the month of November.

For additional inspiration, at 11:00 am participants are invited to tour the beautiful and historic Abbot-Spalding House Museum free of charge, located next to the Speare Museum.

Light refreshments will be provided. Bring your own lunch. Food and drink are allowed in the Library and the Dining Room.

Suggested donation of $5.00.

For more information, please call (603) 883-0015, or email us at

The Nashua Historical Society is now a

Come Write In space!


For more information about NaNoWriMo, please visit the NaNoWriMo website at:

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The Abbot-Spalding House Museum is located at 5 Nashville Street, Nashua, New Hampshire.

The Nashua Historical Society, Florence H. Speare Memorial Museum is located at 5 Abbott Street, Nashua, New Hampshire.

Parking for both museums is available behind the Speare Museum or on the street.

For more information, contact The Nashua Historical Society at 603-883-0015 or

Please visit The Nashua Historical Society’s changing exhibit case at Nashua’s City Hall!

The current exhibit is about the churches of Nashua.

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