The Nashua Historical Society
Preserving the Past for the Future



The Nashua Historical Society will be closed on the following days in observance of these holidays.

Holiday Calendar 2019

January 1 - New Year's Day observed (Tuesday)
January 21 - Civil Rights/Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Monday)
February 18 - Presidents Day (Monday)
May 27 - Memorial Day (Monday)
July 4 - Independence Day (Thursday)
September 2 - Labor Day (Monday)
November 11 - Veterans Day (Monday)
November 28 - Thanksgiving Day (Thursday)
November 29 - Thanksgiving Friday (Friday)
December 25 - Christmas Day (Wednesday)

2019 Upcoming Fall Events
These programs are free and open to the public.

Saturday, September 7, at 2:00 p.m. Myth Busting Lizzie Borden: Facts on the Life of an Enigmatic Woman
Lizzie Borden still fascinates. She intrigues us mostly because, even after 127 years, we know very little about her private life. After her acquittal for the murder of her father and stepmother, she remained in Fall River, Massachusetts, and spoke to no one publicly about the case ever again. And yet, there have been more than 30 so-called nonfiction accounts of her to appear in print. What exactly do we know about Lizzie A. Borden? And how has her particular story become more urban legend than authentic narrative? This talk examines the Borden mythology with special emphasis on the handless hatchet, presented at trial as a possible murder weapon, and manufactured by the Underhill Company in Nashua, New Hampshire.
Stefani Koorey, Ph.D. is a Borden expert and was the publisher and editor of The Hatchet: A Journal of Lizzie Borden and Victorian America, which was in publication for ten years. She has been featured in the Discovery Channel’s recent documentary “Lizzie Borden Had an Axe,” and lectures far and wide on the subject.

Tuesday, October 15, at 7:30 p.m. The Yankee Peddler in Early America
From the mid-1600s in New England to the rise of the automobile after WWI, peddlers were a major factor in getting items to remote locations. First travelling with backpacks, later with carts, and finally with large wagons, the peddler not only brought needed goods to the frontier, but served as a source of news and brought back information on what locations were good ones for people on the move to select as a new home.
There were general peddlers and many who specialized, including tailors, cobblers, artists, etc. The presentation will include where they went, how they travelled, how were they paid, who became a peddler, where did they stay while on the road, how were they viewed, what ended most peddling, and more! Cal Knickerbocker will present this interesting program.

Saturday, November 9, at 2:00 p.m. Vanished Veterans – NH’s Civil War Monuments and Memorials
New Hampshire towns did not erect monuments to prior wars, but the emotional and family toll, unprecedented in American history, drove the decision to honor our local soldiers and sailors of the War of Rebellion. From Seabrook to Colebrook, Berlin to Hinsdale, along Main Streets and 19th-century dirt roads, in city parks and on town greens, in libraries and town halls, and in cemeteries prominent and obscure, George Morrison will present how he located, inventoried, and photographed the fascinating variety of New Hampshire’s Civil War memorials.
This program is free and open to the public through a grant from the NH Humanities’ Humanities to Go! Speaker’s Bureau.

All programs are presented at
The Nashua Historical Society, 5 Abbott Street, Nashua, New Hampshire.

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Please visit The Nashua Historical Society’s changing exhibit case at
Nashua’s City Hall. The current exhibit is a history of the Pheasant Lane Mall.