News and Notes

Epsom Historical Association




Harvey Harkness drew the first ticket of 31 drawings to be held during the month of December. Members of the Historical Association sold calendar raffle tickets through September and October for cash prizes of $50, $100 and $250, with a maximum of 500 tickets having been sold. Winners will be notified through the information from their ticket stub, and winning numbers are listed on the web site. Those who purchased tickets are also eligible for a free one year's membership in the Epsom Historical Association by simply mailing in a membership form with their ticket number. [Winning Raffle Ticket Numbers]



The Epsom Historical Association recoginized several members for service. They included (as pictured above) Elsie Fife, for ten years as secretary; Philip S.Yeaton as Vice President; Charles Yeaton as Program Chariman; Carleton Rand for outstanding participation and past president; and Harvey Harkness for serving as president the last five years. All fiive, plus Ed Nutter, have agreed to serve on the newly formed Advisory Board to continue to guide the Historical Association. Thanks to all of them for the past and future contributions.


Speaker - Bruce Graham on early Shoe making

NOVEMBER 16 - “The Lost Art of Making Shoes”
Bruce Graham is a local craftsman who has revived the once common art of making shoes the time honored way of one at a time. Bruce demonstrated the process step by step including materials, tools, shaping, styles and many other aspects of the trade. Bruce’s presentation was interesting and entertaining and included a powerpoint presentation about shoemaking in Epsom. Penny Graham assisted in the presentation. Election of officers and a business meeting preceded the meeting which was held at the old Epsom Town Hall. The forty people in attendance enjoyed refreshments following the program. [Additional Photos]



The Epsom Historical Association has kicked off its first major fundraiser. 500 tickets will be offered for a donation of $10.00 each during October and November for a daily drawing for cash during the month of December. A cash drawing will be held for each day of December from the 500 sold tickets, and each ticket will be eligible for every drawing. The amount drawn each day will range from a minimum of $50 dollars to a maximum of $250 for Christmas Day and New Years Eve.

To help, please call Penny Graham at 603-736-9044

“General John Stark - An American Hero”

Richard Wright presented an entertaining impersonation of General John Stark, a genuine hero of theAmerican Revolution. Mr. Wright is a member of the New Hampshire Society of the Sons of the American Revolution who has received accolades for his presentation of the character and personality of the legendary John Stark. Complete in uniform, Mr. Wright presented a portait of the General from his early home in Derry to his service in the Revolutionary War. In addition, the General's character was much discussed with additional information on his family and contributions to the State, including the motto "Live Free or Die". A business meeting was held prior to the program with information about the Epsom Historical Center and the upcoming fundraiser. Mr. John Atwood spoke for a moment about the old McClary House. The speaker was introduced by Carleton Rand. Refresments followed. [additional photos]

“East Street Revisited” & Ice Cream Social

On Sunday July 13th the Epsom Historical Association held its annual Ice Cream Social at the McClary Cemetery on Center Hill. With the bridge still under construction, members had to drive to Deerfield and take the detour to the event via the Echo Valley Farm Road. The weather stayed delightful with a brisk breeze on the hill top for the program "East Street Revisited".
The program was the story of Epsom’s first settlers from 1727 to about 1764, and it remains one of the most popular topics presented by the Historical Association. The journey included discussion of the early history of our town - particular families and individuals, homes and businesses, local government and other surprising notes of interest.

John Atwood was introduced, and he spoke on his plans for the old McClary House, of which he recently took possession. His remarks were greeted with several rounds of applause. [View Photos and Text]



The Epsom Historical Association presented a second program on the Indians of New England by Tim Patterson. The program was Sunday, May 18th at the Old Town Hall. Tim presented a program on the subject last year, and the topic was so well presented, he was been invited back.

“Native People of New England,” the history and culture of the native people of New England was discussed by Tim , as he shared his personal story of being raised in a Canadian Algonquin family. Tim and his family are residents of Epsom and are well known and respected in our community. Various samples of Indian clothing was part of the program. Once again Mr. Patterson presented a very informative program, he undoubtly is well versed and passionate about the subject, and this he easily translates to his audience. [click for more photos]

The event began at 2:00 pm along with a short business meeting and refreshments.

Epsom Historical Association Accepts

Invitation to attend Chichester meeting

The Epsom Historical Association has accepted to join in a joint program with the Chichester Historical Society as its first program of the year. The program will be presented at the Chicheter Grange/Town Office Building at 54 Main Street in Chichester on Thursday evening, March 13. The hour long meeting will begin at 7:00 pm and will feature presenters Gordon and Marion Jones, owners and operators of a Chichester Dairy farm, who will discuss the history of their family farm, its current operations, and what has been done to make the farm a successful enterprise.


Family membership dues of $15.00 and Single membership dues of $10.00 are renewable this month. Checks can be made out to the Epsom Historical Association and mailed to our mailing address:
Epsom Historical Association
c/o Penny Graham, Treasurer
P.O. Box 814
Epsom, NH 03234


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