What is it?...
This wooden disk (1.5 x .625") with twisted wire was used in the Conant Silk Mill, which operated on the second floor of the Kingsbury & Davis building in Contoocook in the early 1900s. (The building was torn down in the 1960s; it was located on Cedar St. behind the Covered Bridge Restaurant.) Have an idea? Send an email and let us know what you think.
Learn more about our town's mills at the Summer Exhibit, open through August 30, 2014.
Be a Part of History: Help Hopkinton Celebrate its 250th Anniversary
Project Snapshot is a joint effort of the Hopkinton Historical Society and the Hopkinton Town Library to take a giant "snapshot" of our town in 2015. We are trying to gather as many family histories and photos from our town’s 5,500+ citizens as possible. Please click on the online survey below and take a few minutes to answer the questions and submit your photos. Or, click on the PDF version to print out and complete the survey. Attach additional pages if needed.
Do you have old photos of Kimball Cabins?
The Town of Hopkinton recently appointed a committee to look at options for the future use of Kimball Lake and its four cabins.
Current and Upcoming Events
on the Contoocook River
Saturday, August 23, 2014
9:30 am (8:15 am if renting equipment)
Jane Lewellen Bandstand, Contoocook Village
Paddle down the Contoocook River at your own pace, tour a 1920s-era boat house, and learn about the river’s interesting features and landmarks! Participants may bring their own canoe/kayak/paddleboard or rent one from Contoocook River Canoe Co. Equipment rental and shuttle information at www.contoocookcanoe.com or 753-9804.
This program is part of Hopkinton Historical Society’s summer exhibit, “Along the River: Exploring Community Connections.” The Society is one of eight local organizations examining the role of rivers in our communities. The collaborative project includes exhibits and a series of walking tours, lectures, concerts, hands-on demonstrations, a canoe/kayak trip, a living history presentation, and a kayak raffle. A full schedule of events and exhibit information is available at www.AlongTheRiver.org.
How do we use our rivers – for transportation, industry, recreation? How have we shaped the river, and how has the river shaped our town? The Society’s 2014 summer exhibit will look at how we use the Contoocook River and how the river has influenced our town’s development. The exhibit is one of several river exhibits that are planned for area museums. Participating museums include Bradford Historical Society, the Little Nature Museum, Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum, NH Telephone Museum, Penacook Historical Society, Sutton Historical Society, and Warner Historical Society. Accompanying the exhibits will be a series of programs, concerts, hands-on demonstrations, a canoe/kayak trip, and a living history presentation. The exhibit opens May 1. Funding support provided by the NH Humanities Council, Merrimack County Savings Bank, Sugar River Bank, and Contoocook River Canoe Co.
For a complete schedule of events and exhibit information go to www.AlongTheRiver.org.
Annual Art Show & Sale
The Hopkinton Historical Society’s 24th “Tomorrow’s Masterpieces Annual Art Show & Sale” will open with a gala champagne artists’ reception from 5:00 to 7:00 pm on Saturday, September 27, 2014 at the Long Memorial Building located at 300 Main Street in Hopkinton, NH. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet the artists, add to your own collections, and do some early shopping for the holiday season while enjoying light refreshments and sparkling conversation. Cost of the champagne reception is $10 for Historical Society members and $15 for non-members. Tickets are available at the door.
Featuring more than forty of the region’s finest artisans, this juried event offers original works in oil, acrylic, watercolor, handmade prints, fiber art, photography, ceramic, pastel, and wood. "Tomorrow’s Masterpieces” will be on display from October 2 through December 6, 2014 and will be open during Museum hours. There is no admission charge.
Artists participating in the 2014 show are encouraged to include works that incorporate our summer exhibit theme of rivers and water. Looking ahead to 2015, artists are encouraged to include works that celebrate Hopkinton.
New artists interested in having their work juried should contact the Society at 746-3825 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The fourth Cemetery Walk will be held at the Stumpfield Cemetery (located at the rear of the Contoocook Village Cemetery) on at 1:30 pm on October 18 and 19. Written by Jeff Dalzell, directed by Christine Hamm, and filled with many talented local actors, this year's Cemetery Walk is sure to be filled with riveting and little-known stories about our town's past!
Below is a clip of Jeff Dearborn as the Sexton in the 2010 Contoocook Village Cemetery Walk.