Weare Historical Society History
Weare Historical Societys
founding members signed articles of agreement
and formulated a constitution in 1971. The purpose
of the society, stated in Article II, is to
collect and preserve records and artifacts relating
to the town of Weare, New Hampshire; to provide
assistance in protecting historical sites in town;
and to encourage the study and appreciation of
local history. Edwin Flanders became the
first president; Albert S. Farmer, vice president;
Barbara Osborne, secretary; and Ruth Lahey, treasurer.
Besides these officers, the board of directors
consisted of Gordon Ferguson, Robert McLeod, and
William Herman (student member).
1971, Weare Historical Society has worked to preserve
Weares human story. Although many things
changethe disappearance of barns, houses
rising out of old pastures, and the stones of
another dirt road topped with tarthe work
of those who helped to build our town during the
18th , 19th and 20th centuries can still be found
among historic villages, beautiful old buildings,
and preserved artifacts. Weare Historical Societys
mission is to let none of this be forgotten.
Historians such as lifelong
resident and President Sherry Burdick researches
the history of Weare providing in-depth information
and data not found in either town histories, allowing
a clearer understanding of early life in Weare.
year, the Society presents programs as diverse
as the history of town meeting, blacksmithing,
and land preservation. Betty Straw another lifelong
resident and past President of the Society take
history into the schools classrooms, making
the past real for Weares children. Weare
Town Hall, the horse sheds behind it, the tramp
house, Clinton Grove Academy, and Osborne Memorial
Hall have benefited from the Societys commitment
through the SAVE THE BUILDINGS fund.
With the help of the Sawyer
Trust, Weare Historical Society built the gazebo
in Weare Center, which it donated to the town,
and also restored the Stone Building rotunda.
Accomplishments made by
- State Marker in North Weare
to credit all the mills that were taken in the
- Placement of Clinton Grove
Academy on the State Register of Historic Buildings.
Placement of the Stone Memorial Building on
the State Register of Historic Buildings.
- A grant from the State of
New Hampshire for an assessment of Clinton Grove
- for $2,250 with the matching
amount paid by the Historical Society.
- A $9,750 grant for reroofing
the Clinton Grove Academy to be completed in
2013 with the balance coming from the Mildred
- Five Liberty Elms planted
on East Street and three Elms planted at Clinton
- Beautification Project
(bulbs and wild flowers planting).
The Weare Historical
Society supports work on the following buildings
that are either on the National or State Register
of Historic Places:
- The Stone Memorial
- The Clinton Grove
- The Weare Town Hall
- The Paige Memorial
Library (currently called the Weare Public Library)
In addition to the above
buildings the Society supports work on the Town
Horse Shed, the Tramp House, and Osborne Hall.
a petitioned warrant article in 1981, when the
town voted to assign to the Society the Stone
Memorial Building in Weare Center as a museum,
an important collection of Weare artifacts and
memorabilia, including furniture, kitchen and
farm implements, toys made in Weare, diaries,
and photographs of local landmarks and residents
have been accumulated at this historic site. The
Society continues to welcome contributions of
items that pertain directly to Weare. The Society
can be contacted by mail at the address below.
The Society also provides publications
and reprints that speak to Weares history.
These include old maps and posters, guidebooks,
pamphlets, pictorial calendars, and both of Weares
history books: William Little,1888, and Helen
Open House is held at the museum and events scheduled
during the months of May through October, and
in December, as well as on special town occasions,
such as the patriotic celebration in July.
The Society welcomes new members.
The membership year is October 1 to September
30. Dues are $7.50 for individuals; $5 for seniors
(65+) and students; $15 for families; and $25
for businesses and organizations. Lifetime memberships
are also available ($250). (Please mail to Weare
Historical Society, PO Box 33, Weare, NH 03281.)
Members are welcome to attend board meetings held
the first Wednesday of each month in the Sawyer
Room at Weare Public Library at 7 p.m. The annual
meeting and potluck supper is held each October,
at which time a new slate of offices and directors
is presented to the membership for approval.
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