New Ipswich Historical Society

23 Main St

New Ipswich, NH 03071

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Founded 1913

In 1913, a group of town residents concerned about preserving the town's historical resources founded the New Ipswich Historical Society. The hopes and goals of the founding members, Sarah Fiske Lee, William A. Preston, Mary F. Preston, Herschel W. Lewis, Helen M. Brooks, and Helen A. Sargent, have persisted for all of these years. Their original mission was "to discover, secure, and preserve whatever may relate to the natural, civil, literary, family, and ecclesiastical history of the town." Although the Society has grown, relocated, and modernized, it remains essentially an expression of those original sentiments--an institution committed to preserving and presenting the history of New Ipswich, in as many ways as we can imagine.

Today, the collection of the New Ipswich Historical Society includes books, photographs, maps, letters, paintings, samplers, trade signs, bandboxes, furniture, cooking implements, tools, clothing, firefighting equipment, and a myriad of other historical artifacts that enrich our understanding of the history of this place.

The Historical Society will be open to the public on the second and fourth Saturday of the month, June 6th - October 11th 2020  and open for special events as published here.

 

Research Inquiries

The New Ipswich Historical Society Board is comprised of volunteers who open the building every other week on Saturdays (generally 1-3 p.m. and by appointment) from early June through mid-October. We welcome visitors to use the resources available at the Society to do their own research and will do our best to refer visitors to other local and regional resources if we do not have the materials they need. The New Ipswich cemetery records have been digitized, and interested individuals seeking genealogical information may contact Ollie Niemi, Sextant of the Cemetery Committee (New Ipswich). In addition, the New Ipswich Town Offices have records of vital statistics that visitors to the Society may be seeking.

 

Cemetery Database

The Cemetery Database can be downloaded, from here.

 

New Ipswich Center Village Historic District

If you live in one of the houses listed on the National Register of Historic Places (the New Ipswich Center Village Historic District), or if you are just interested in the architectural history of New Ipswich, see our new page dedicated to the Historic District.

 

Programs

New Ipswich Historical Society Virtual Genealogy Series:  SAVE THESE DATES!
Sponsored by the Stearns Burton Lecture Fund
 
Given the increasing interest in genealogy and local history among both longtime New Ipswich residents and newcomers, the New Ipswich Historical Society is hosting a four-part virtual series to sharpen sleuthing skills and efficiency. Each one-hour session is hosted by Erin Moulton, an experienced writer and researcher, who has over 12 years of experience tracking down interesting real-life questions at the reference desk as a librarian and genealogist. She holds a BA from Emerson College, an MFA in writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts and a certificate in genealogical research from Boston University.  Sessions begin at 7:00 p.m. on March 30, April 27, May 11, and June 1. Short descriptions follow. Whether you participate in just one session or all of them, you will add valuable tools to your genealogy toolbox. Please join us!
 
 
Session I:  History and Mystery: A Genealogy Starter Guide     (March 30, 2022 at 7:00 p.m.)
 
Are you interested in family history? Do you have a family mystery? Do you spend a lot of time in graveyards wondering about the names behind the stones? Then you just might be a genealogy enthusiast! Genealogy is the exploration of ancestral lines and can be done through countless records, resources and artifacts. Join us as we discuss methods for research planning that will make you an active participant in your own ancestral journey.
 
 

 

Session 2:  Newspaper Treasures: Beyond the Obit     (April 27, 2022 at 7:00 p.m.)

How can newspapers help us with our genealogical research? What treasures do they hold beyond the standard obit? The truth is, historical local newspapers are equivalent to our current day social media. They often told of social calls, well-being and personal anecdotes of people around town. But where are these newspapers? How can we locate and access them and what strategies can we use to calibrate our search in digitized collections? Join us for a tour around the web as we peek into subscription and free newspaper collections.

Register Here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0kf--tqTMpEt2f8buTX9c8PXHGKUHkNfc8 

 

Session 3:  What’s the History of Your House?     (May 11, 2022 at 7:00 p.m.)

The best thing about tracking down the history of a house is that your research subject usually stays in one place! And yet, house history projects give us the opportunity to access and explore records we also see in genealogical projects: newspapers, land deeds, city directories and more. Join us to delve into the history that is underfoot each day.

 
 
 
Session 4:  A Beginner’s Guide to Cemetery Sleuthing     (June 1, 2022 at 7:00 p.m.)
 
Cemeteries hold invaluable clues to genealogical research. Etched in stone are names, symbols and abbreviations that not only tell us more about our ancestors but also about their place in time. This program will cover strategies to help locate your ancestor’s burial place, how to make the most out of a visit and how to decipher a variety of symbols. Includes a list of Erin’s favorite cemetery resources. Note: Most of this content covers New England cemeteries, though many symbols can be seen nationwide.
 

 

Al Jenks’ Talk on the History of Windblown Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoeing

The New Ipswich Historical Society cordially invites the public to a presentation by Al Jenks on the history of Windblown Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoeing, which he and his family operated from 1972 to 2020. The program will take place at the New Ipswich Library on Thursday, May 5, at 6:30 p.m. NIHS is excited to offer this event free of charge and will make it available via Zoom for those who cannot attend in person. To register for the virtual presentation (Zoom), email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

In 1963, when Al Jenks was a high-school senior in Acton, MA, he borrowed money from his grandfather to purchase a 400-hundred acre lot from two neighbors, Marion Davis and Schuyler Hollingsworth. After attending college and spending three years in the military, he returned to his property and opened Windblown in the winter of 1972.

A captivating storyteller, Jenks will reflect on his memories of Marion Buck Davis, owner of the former Wapack Lodge and Wapack Trail blazer, share stories of his experiences running the business that drew Nordic skiers and snowshoers from throughout New England, and factors that led to his decision to close Windblown at the end of winter in 2020. A Q & A session will follow.

Projects

Click to read about our latest Preservation Project and signup to receive out New Ipswich Historical Society Newsletter.

We also have a ongoing project called “The Greatest Generation,” which involved scanning and interpreting a photo album in the collection with pictures of the young men and women from New Ipswich who went to fight in World War II. We would love to have you contribute your memories to this project.

 

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 OFFICERS

 

President, John Rosenfelder

Vice President, Daniel Ziarnik-Case

Treasurer, TBD

Secretary, Margaret Lee

 


2021 President's Letter

 


UPCOMING PROGRAM

2022 Virtual Genealogy Program Series

Sessions begin at 7:00 p.m. on March 30, April 27, May 11, and June 1.

Sponsored by the Stearns Burton Lecture Fund

For more information and to signup click here.

 

2022 Al Jenk's Talk History of Windblown Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoeing.

New Ipswich Library & via Zoom

Thursday, May 5th at 6:30pm.

For more information and to signup click here.

 


New Blog

 

 A Historic Look at New Ipswich, NH Blog

 


IMPORTANT EVENTS

Historic District Marker Unveiled

 

A new bronze marker for the Central Village Historic District was unveiled on Saturday, December 9, 2017 by members of the Historical Society.  The marker was obtained from a grant from Historic New England, a donation from the  New Ipswich Historical Society, as well as, an anonymous donor.  We would like to thank those who funded this project, as well as, the New Ipswich Selectman for approving the location of the marker on the town owned property at the corner of Turnpike Road and Main Street.  Also, a special thank you to the New Ipswich DPW for installing the marker.

 


Annual Meeting

 

New Ipswich Historical Society Annual Meeting

The NIHS Annual Meeting was held at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 16, 2021 at the Barrett House (79 Main Street, New Ipswich). 

Click here for more information.

 


2022 NIHS Hours

 

2022 hours

Second and Fourth Saturdays

Special Memorial Day Opening Date May 22, 2022

1pm-3pm

Our other opening days for 2022 starting June 11th coincide with the Barrett House Opening so that you can visit both if you so choose.

 


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Ellen Barr, a girl from New Ipswich!


 

Contact US

For more information about membership, programs, or research inquiries, please contact us at info@newipswichhistoricalsociety.org. or call John Rosenfelder at 603.878.3487.

You can also find us on FaceBook !