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Children of the Holocaust

Children of the Holocaust

When: Saturday, June 29, 2024, 1:00 pm

Where: Florence H. Speare Memorial Museum

“Family…we are bound to them and the past, although we cannot look into their eyes or hear their voices, we will tell their story and we will remember them.” (author unknown)

On Saturday, June 29 at 1 pm, Ralph Sommese, a fellow with the Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies in Keene, will help us remember the children of the Holocaust. Ralph got involved with Holocaust remembrances through a student-led project at Fairgrounds Middle School.  1.5 million paperclips were donated by Staples and were exhibited at the school so that students could try to understand genocide, specifically the devastatingly large number of children killed during World War II by the Nazis.

 

It is important to remember.  It is important to remember the hard times to learn from the past.

 

Ralph helps us remember those whose futures were stolen, but he ends by remembering those saved.  This thirty-minute talk will be followed by a discussion.  Suitable for anyone 13 years old and above, this is an awareness-building talk.

World War II Oral History Project

At Home and Abroad:
Nashua and World War II

When: Saturday, June 22, 2024

Showings at 11:30 am and 1:00 pm

Where: Florence H. Speare Memorial Museum

At Home and Abroad: Nashua and World War II 

chronicles the stories of civilians, veterans, and Holocaust survivors as Nashuans share personal and family World War II stories in the upcoming documentary at the Nashua Historical Society.

 

Created by experienced local filmmakers John Sadd and Jeremy Frazier, this documentary is the result of extensive interviews with local World War II veterans, civilians, children of Holocaust survivors, and their families. 

Run time is approximately 1 hour.

Florence H. Speare Museum opens at 11:00 am.

Watch the trailer for the upcoming documentary!

If you have difficulty viewing the trailer, please click here to view it on YouTube.

Letters to Nashua

Letters to Nashua
Stories of World War II

When: Saturday, June 15, 2024, 10:00 am

Where: Florence H. Speare Memorial Museum

In 1942, Clarence Whitney, of Nashua, wrote to his friend, Margaret Beasom Swart, "Ask any soldier
overseas ... they’ll tell you that actually there’s a
period when mail is looked for more eagerly than good food.”

 

During World War II, delivering the mail was considered essential to the war effort. Correspondence allowed those serving in the military and loved ones at home to communicate. Families and friends might share news from home, while Service members could share their experiences. The mail kept morale high.

Today, these letters allow those who served in World War II and their loved ones to tell their stories in their own words.

 

Join us at the Nashua Historical Society to hear the stories of Nashuans who served in World War II and their loved ones back home based on five collections of letters from the Nashua Historical Society archives.

Sarah Jauris is the Collection Technician at the Nashua Historical Society and the exhibit curator of the upcoming exhibit World War II in Nashua: The Homefront and Beyond.

The Florence H. Speare Memorial Museum will be open from 9:30 am to 2:00 pm.

The Abbot-Spalding House Museum will be open from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. Featuring an exhibit of World War II uniforms and 1940s clothing.

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World War II Exhibit Opening

World War II in Nashua
The Home Front and Beyond

Exhibit Opening and Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

Florence H. Speare Memorial Museum

Friday, June 14, 2024, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

The exhibit focuses on the home front in Nashua and its connection to the war front, with an emphasis on Nashua’s role in the global war.

Objects on display, which include uniforms, photographs, letters, newspapers, and other World War II memorabilia, once belonged to people living in Nashua during World War II or to Nashua businesses.

 

Using these objects and images alongside extensive research, the exhibit seeks to tell the stories of the people of Nashua, past and present, including their contributions to the war effort and the ways in which the war affected their lives.

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Laconia

The Strange Case of the Laconia
A WWII Story of Disaster, Survival, and Cover-up

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When: Tuesday, June 11, 2024, 7:00 – 8:30 pm

Where: Florence H. Speare Memorial Museum

 

When a ship the size of the Titanic, the Laconia, was sunk by a U-boat, some of its nearly 3,000
British passengers and Italian POW’s were rescued by the very U-boat that sank their ship.
Highly unusual, but the story becomes more bizarre. The survivors thought their ordeal of
floating in a shark-infested ocean was over…until an American plane unleashed its bombs.


New York Times bestselling author Michael Tougias offers an edge-of-your-seat slide
presentation about this incident—perhaps the most unusual in all of WWII. His new book with
Little Brown, Abandon Ship, tells the full story. The incident offers a real moral conundrum: do
you intentionally harm your own citizens for the bigger picture of winning the war? It's a topical
story with what's going in the world today.


The event was covered-up by authorities but Tougias shares the complete account including the
incredible survival story of four British citizens who survived seven weeks adrift at sea with only
two tablespoons of water per day and little food.


Tougias is the author and co-author of 30 books for adults and 8 for young readers, including
The Finest Hours, now a Disney movie starring Chris Pine, Casey Affleck, and Holiday Granger.
Learn more at www.michaeltougias.com.

This program is made possible by New Hampshire Humanities. Learn more at www.nhhumanities.org.

Cemetery Tour

Notable Nashuans
Voices from the Past

When: Saturday, May 4, 2024

Where: Unitarian Universalist Church Cemetery

            Behind White Wing Preschool

            58 Lowell Street

            Nashua, NH 03064

This tour is a journey through Nashua's history within the hallowed grounds of the 1835 Unitarian Universalist Church cemetery. Led by volunteer reenactors adorned in period attire, each of the two available timed walking tours invites participants to listen to the stories of nine individuals interred in selected cemetery plots. As attendees carefully travel from grave to grave, they will experience poignant vignettes, each shedding light on the lives and legacies of Nashuans who played pivotal roles in shaping the city's identity, from community leaders to unsung heroes. 

 

The tour aims to breathe life into the past and to foster an appreciation of local history, by offering participants a glimpse into bygone eras while standing close to the resting places of those who came before. The Notable Nashuans Cemetery Tour will be memorable for history enthusiasts and curious minds alike.  Book your reservation soon, as tickets are limited.

Parking: Parking is available across Canal Street at Margarita's Restaurant, City Lot End. Please use crosswalk to cross Canal Street. 

We are pleased to welcome guests over 12 years old; minor guests must have tickets and be accompanied by an adult. 

Caution: This tour is not wheelchair accessible

  • Rough, steep terrain

  • Uneven, steep stairs

  • Slippery when wet

  • To best enjoy the tour, guests must be able to walk/stand for a full hour

We highly recommend wearing proper footwear.

Also available at the event: 

  • Pre-tour look at an 1840s hearse

  • T-shirts and NHS gift items available for purchase

  • Ticket includes 1-hour tour and some extended cemetery access to a closed cemetery

Tour A:

Mary Conant Shattuck

Parker Family

General John Gray Foster

Leonard White Noyes

Little Nathaniel

Daniel Abbot

Thomas J. Laton

Henry Leavitt

Anna Stearns

Tour B:

Albin Beard

Jeremiah W. White

Ira Gay

James Horace Hall

Sarah Perham

John M. Hunt

Charles H. Nutt

J.T. Greeley

Frank A. McKean

Special Thanks:

Actorsingers

Charlie & Tracy Hall

Davis Funeral Home

Landmark Dental Care

Rochette Funeral Home

The Nashua Historical Society is proud to partner with the Unitarian Universalist Church for this event.

Tickets on Sale at the Nashua Historical Society:

Members Exclusive: Friday, April 5, 2024, 5:00 pm-8:00 pm

Public: Saturday, April 6, 2024, 11:00 am-2:00 pm

Tickets will also be available for purchase in-person or online.

Pricing:

In-Person: $15 per ticket

Online or Credit Card: $18 (includes $3 processing fee)

Members receive $5 off when buying tickets for both tours (in-person purchases only).

Granite Women

Granite Women
The Hidden Lives of NH Women
as Seen in the Cemetery, 1674 – 1992

When: Tuesday, March 19, 2024, 7:00 pm

Where: Florence H. Speare Memorial Museum

This program is free and open to the public. 

The story of New Hampshire women throughout our history from all walks of life is presented here from the perspective of historic burial grounds and cemeteries located throughout the state.

 

The silent gravestones and monuments within their confines which mark the final resting places of women young and old, Black and white, speak volumes. By examining the oft-hidden clues they contain, we can learn much about their place in society and how their status evolved from early Colonial times down through the Victorian era and into the 20th Century.

 

Through the gravestones for these hard-working, everyday women, women that made their marks in ways big and small, we can learn much about our Granite women.

Join us for this talk by Glenn  Knoblock, an independent scholar who has authored more than twenty books.

 

This program is made possible by New Hampshire Humanities. Learn more at www.nhhumanities.org.

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Posh PinkTea Party

Posh Pink Tea Party 

When: Sunday, March 3, 2024, 1:15 pm-3:30 pm

Where: Florence H. Speare Memorial Museum

                5 Abbott Street, Nashua, NH

🌷 Celebrate Women's History Month with us and have a “tea-rific” time! Our upcoming event is not your average tea party, it is a blend of timeless traditions with a touch of modern magic.   Come sip, savor, and celebrate with us.

👒 Embrace Elegance: In the spirit of fun, we encourage you to dress in your favorite pink attire. Young ladies and their fashion dolls are VIP guests.

👭 Extend the Invitation: Bring along a friend or a family member—this affair is suitable for all ages. 

☕ Your Ticket Includes:

  • Tea and Punch

  • Dainty Savory Sandwiches and Sweet Treats

  • Beginner Crafts and a Museum Scavenger Hunt

  • Chances to Win Fabulous Raffle Prizes

  • Opportunities to Capture Photos in our Barbie™-themed Frame

  • Special Presentations, Including a Tribute to Historical Women of NH

  • Each Guest May Leave with Their Selected Teacup and Saucer

 

🌸  Prices: Members - Adult $10, Children $8.

                      Non-members  - Adult $12, Children $10

       A $1 processing fee will apply to tickets                               purchased with a credit card. 

🎟️ Reservations Required. Limited Seating: Reservations must be made on or before February 27th. 

 

Please fill out the Posh Pink Tea Party Registration Form to register. To purchase tickets online, click the appropriate button after submitting the registration form or visit our gift shop. 

Tickets are now sold out! Thank you!

🏛️ In-Person Ticket Purchase: Visit the Nashua Historical Society, Speare Museum during regular hours (Tuesdays - Thursdays, 9 am - 4 pm) or during another event (see above). 

📞 Call to Reserve: by calling 603-883-0015. All calls will be returned on our next business day.  Feel free to email us at nashuahistorical@comcast.net 

📍 Location: Nashua Historical Society, Speare Museum Library, 5 Abbott Street, Nashua, NH, 03064. There is plenty of street parking or use our lot.  Ramp and elevator available for use. Comfortable chairs and facilities.

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Posh Pink Tea Party Tickets are Sold Out!

Thank you!

Family Friday

Family Friday
Scavenger Hunt

When: Friday, February 16, 2024, 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Where: Florence H. Speare Memorial Museum

Our new scavenger hunt is a great way to explore the Speare Museum. Come at night and search for the twelve featured Nashua artifacts. Suitable for all ages; groups or individuals.     

Stitch in Time

A Stitch in Time Crafting Circle

When:

Saturday, February 10, 2024,10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Where: Florence H. Speare Memorial Museum

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

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NH Fab Four

New Hampshire's Fab Four
The Hutchinson Family Singers

When: Saturday, February 3, 2024, 1:00 pm

(Open 11 am for self-guided tours)

Where: Florence H. Speare Memorial Museum

This program hails back to the 1840s when a musical group called The Hutchinson Family Singers experienced a meteoric rise to fame. Bring your family along and learn about the story of the quartet of Judson, Abby, John, and Asa Hutchinson. Explore how the group, in their heyday, impacted the culture, politics, and music of America.

 

Guest speakers Marcia Nelson and Charlie Annand co-chair a Milford all-volunteer group determined to create a public memorial to the famous Hutchinson Family Singers. This popular 45-minute talk and slideshow will be followed by a question-and-answer session.

 

Come early and hear Hutchinson Family Singers music throughout the Speare Museum; open for self-guided tours from 11:00 - 3:00 pm.

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And the Bride Wore...

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

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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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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 nashuahistorical@comcast.net.

The Nashua Historical Society is now a

Come Write In space!

 

For more information about NaNoWriMo, please visit the NaNoWriMo website at: https://nanowrimo.org/.

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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: 

https://nashualibrary.libcal.com/event/11277779.

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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 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.

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