The Society has several special programs to educate, enlighten, and entertain our members and visitors, focusing on some aspect of New Ipswich History. As they are scheduled, programs will be listed here, so check back to see what’s happening.

You can also see what you have missed by scrolling down to see our program archive.

Upcoming Programs

March 2024

Past Programs

  • Memories of Our School Days at Appleton Academy

    Roundtable discussion and recollection of memories at the New Ipswich Appleton School. Presented by: Where: New Ipswich Library 6 Main Street When: November 18, 1:00-2:30 pm Are you an Appleton Academy alum who relishes reminiscing about yourtime in high school? Or perhaps, your parents and grandparents sharedstories about their Appleton school days (before Mascenic became…

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  • The Salem Witch Trials and ‘Moldy Bread’: A Case Study in Fake News

    Presented by: Margo Burns When: October 29, 2023 at 2 pm Where: New Ipswich Library 6 Main Street A New Hampshire Humanities event hosted by New Ipswich Historical Society On April 2, 1976, Science Magazine published an article by Linnda R. Caporeal which posited that during the 1692 Salem witchcraft trials, the visions of specters and painful physical sensations…

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  • The Life & Works of New Ipswich Artists: William Jurian and Lee Lufkin Kaula

    New Ipswich Artists: William Jurian and Lee Lufkin Kaula Presented by Professor Carol J. G. Scollins When: August 18 at 6:30p.m.Where: New Ipswich Library (6 Main Street) For many years William J. Kaula and Lee Lufkin Kaula were summer residents of Bank Village in New Ipswich. Both became critically acclaimed New England artists, though they…

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  • How to Clean a Gravestone

    Have you ever wondered how to clean an ancestor’s or family member’s headstone without damaging it? Or perhaps, you’ve seen a blackened or lichen-laced stone in a local cemetery and thought of volunteering to clean it. If so, you are welcome to attend this free public program sponsored by the New Ipswich Historical Society. Kim…

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  • 2022 History of Windblown Cross-Country Skiing and Snowshoeing

    Al Jenks’ Talk on the History of Windblown Cross-Country Skiing and Snowshoeing Presented by Al Jenks When: May 5th at 6:30 p.m. Where: New Ipswich Library (6 Main Street) 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…

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  • 2022 Spring Virtual Genealogy Series

    Presented by Erin Moulton Sponsored by Stearns Burton Lecture Fund When: March 30th, April 27th, May 11th, and June 1st Where: Zoom at 7:00 p.m. 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…

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  • 2021 Fall Program, The History of Agriculture as Told by Barns

    The History of Agriculture as Told by Barns presented by John C. Porter New Ipswich Historical Society Annual Meeting and Program Barns can tell us a great deal about the history of agriculture. In the colonial period, NH was rural and agrarian with small subsistence farms dotting the landscape. An important feature of these farmsteads…

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  • April 2021, A Walk Back in Time: The Secrets of Cellar Holes

    A Walk Back in Time: The Secrets of Cellar HolesPresented by Adair Mulligan When: Where: Northern New England is full of reminders of past lives: stone walls, old foundations, a century-old lilac struggling to survive as the forest reclaims a once-sunny dooryard. What forces shaped settlement, and later abandonment, of these places? Adair Mulligan explores…

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  • March 2021 Wit and Wisdom

    Presented by Jo Radner Wit and Wisdom: Humor in 19th Century New England A New Hampshire Humanities event hosted byNew Ipswich Historical Society When: Where: Whatever did New Englanders do on long winter evenings before cable, satellite and the internet? In the decades before and after the Civil War, our rural ancestors used to create…

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  • Winter 2020, Votes for Women: A History of the Suffrage Movement

    Presented by Liz Tentarelli When: Where: The campaign for women’s right to vote was a long one—from the 1848 Women’s Rights Convention in Seneca Falls, New York to ratification of the 19th amendment in 1920. Who were the key players in New Hampshire and the nation? What issues and obstacles did they face? How did…

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