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2023 Events

Bathsheba Spooner

Bathsheba Spooner:
A Revolutionary Murder

Saturday, May 6 at 3 p.m. in the Speare Museum

Author Andrew Noone will be speaking about his book Bathsheba Spooner:  A Revolutionary Murder Conspiracy.

The fascinating talk will explore the saga of New England’s most notorious crime of the American Revolution, the murder of patriot Joshua Spooner by his loyalist wife, Bathsheba, and her three British and American accomplices.


Books will be available for purchase.

This program is free and open to the public.

Bridal Fashion

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

Curated by Paula Lochhead and Janice Fronko

More than 15 gowns will be on display in the Abbot-Spalding House Museum.  The exhibit spans over 150 years and now includes a 1796 gown!  Each dress provides clues into social status, prominent and humble, and speaks to the style of each bride.


Exhibition Dates and Times:

Saturday, May 13, 2023

Linda Welters, Ph.D. from the University of Rhode Island will speak on

“A History of Wedding Fashion”

12 p.m. to 1 p.m. at the Speare Memorial Museum

Using family photographs assembled from student research into their own families’ past fashions, this presentation traces the history of wedding attire from the 1890s to the 1990s.

The exhibit in the Abbot-Spalding House will be open 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.


Saturday, June 24 (last day of the exhibit)

Elaine Isaak, aka E. Chris Ambrose,

aka E. C. Ambrose, Young Adult author

will speak on

“From Fashion to Fantasy”

12 p.m. to 1 p.m. at the Speare Memorial Museum

Wearable art designer and fantasy author Elaine Isaak often allows those two disciplines to cross-pollinate, creating fun and colorful professional outfits for speaking gigs, as well as striking fantasy costumes for masquerades.  This presentation will include a fashion display and slide show to hopefully inspire fellow fiber artists to take up the scissors and spark their imagination to create something extraordinary.

The exhibit in the Abbot-Spalding House will be open 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.


Members are admitted at no cost on all dates.

Non-member cost is $10.00 cash or $12.00 for debit and credit cards.


Photo shows Gertrude Pierce wearing her wedding gown.

Pierce-Bolster Wedding October 29, 1913.

Nashua Garden Club
Annual Plant Sale

 Saturday, May 20 from 8 a.m. to noon on the grounds of the Abbot-Spalding House Museum

The Nashua Garden Club will be holding their annual plant sale.  Arrive early for best selection!

Purple and Pink Hanging Flowers

StoryWalk® at
The Nashua Historical Society

 Coming in June will be a StoryWalk® on the grounds of the Society. Families can enjoy the story Juneteenth for Mazie, by Floyd Cooper, while spending time outdoors! 

Follow the beautifully illustrated story about a little girl named Mazie as she learns about the history behind the Juneteenth holiday.


The pages of the story will be placed throughout The Nashua Historical Society grounds.

All are welcome!


The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. StoryWalk® is a registered service mark owned by Ms. Ferguson.

Juneteenth for Mazie

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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