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

NH's One-Room Rural Schools: The Romance & the Reality

Presenter: Stephen Taylor A New Hampshire Humanities, event hosted by New Ipswich Historical Society

Thursday, September 29 at 6:30 p.m. New Ipswich Historical Society (23 Main Street)

 Click here for more information.

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, Patricia Lage

Secretary, Margaret Lee

 


2021 President's Letter

 


UPCOMING PROGRAMS

 

 NH's One-Room Rural Schools: The Romance & the Reality

Thursday, September 29 at 6:30 p.m. following our short Annual Meeting

New Ipswich Historical Society (23 Main Street)


Sign Up for Our Newsletter

 

 New Ipswich Historical Society Newsletter

 


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 will be  held at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 29, 2022 at the New Ipswich Historical Society(23 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 !