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.
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Thank you for your support!
Current and Upcoming Events
Shop Local on Thanksgiving Weekend
Friday, Nov. 27, 9:00 am–4:00 pm and Saturday, Nov. 28, 9:00 am-1:00 pm
Help support local businesses and artists by shopping locally. Stop by the Society and check out the great selection of local-themed t-shirts, cards, books, art, and other items.
Last Chance Night” for Annual Art Show & Sale featuring a book signing of Mt. Kearsarge History, Stories, Legends, and Folktales, with author Larry Sullivan and artist Mimi Wiggin
Friday, Dec. 4, 5:00-7:00 pm at the Hopkinton Historical Society
Enjoy refreshments during the last opportunity to purchase art from more than 40 local artists. In addition, Larry Sullivan and Mimi Wiggin will be on hand to talk about and share images from their recently-published collaborative book, Mt. Kearsarge History, Stories, Legends, and Folktales. This event is free and open to the public.
Family Art Program
Saturday, Dec. 5, 1:00-3:00 pm at the Hopkinton Historical Society
Make your own Gelli plate prints and stickers to take home. Led by Bonnie Wright and Vickie Frye, the program is open to all ages and there is no charge to participate. Spaces are limited so call or email the Society at 746-3825 or firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a spot.
Win a Quilt Celebrating Hopkinton’s 250th Anniversary
$5 each • 3 for $10 • 7 for $20
A gorgeous, one-of-a-kind creation with familiar town landmarks: Contoocook Depot, Dearborn (formerly Woodbury) Barn, Hopkinton Village Fire House, Hopkinton Town Library, Hopkinton Historical Society, Rowell Covered Bridge, and the Town Clerk’s Office (Bates Building).
Members of the quilting group include Roxanne Benzel, Lorraine Buckley, Gail Ellsworth, Elaine Millerick, Heather Mitchell, Allita Paine, Dale Roberts, Joanne Steinberg, Dot Stockwell, and Suki Wright.
Tickets available at Hopkinton Historical Society. Drawing to be held December 4, 2015. Winner need not be present to win. All proceeds to benefit Hopkinton Historical Society.
Commemorative License Plates --
Price Reduced to $10!
The plates are available at the Society, the Hopkinton Town Library, and online at our museum shop.
The plates are based on original artwork by Hopkinton resident and artist Jeff Fullam and have been authorized by the Director of the NH Division of Motor Vehicles. Per the NH Department of Safety Administrative Rules, one commemorative plate may be attached to the front of a motor vehicle in place of a regular number plate; however, the rear number plate must remain in place. A motor vehicle displaying an anniversary plate must be legally registered and inspected for the current year. These plates may be displayed from January 1, 2015 until December 31, 2015.
All proceeds to support the programs and operations of the Hopkinton Historical Society.
A Piece of Hopkinton's History has Come Home
Delivered to the Society in early December was a tall clock, c. 1820, made by Edmund Currier of Hopkinton. Of interest is that on the clock’s face Currier is spelled with three "r"s in the middle!
Edmund Currier (1793-1853) was a silversmith and clockmaker born and trained in Hopkinton, New Hampshire. While in Hopkinton, Currier manufactured and repaired a wide variety of items including spectacles, cutlery, tableware, jewelry, tools, wagons, sleighs, and harnesses. Currier also did locksmith work, gunsmith repairs, and manufactured instruments for doctors. In addition, Currier repaired watches and was known as a fine clockmaker.
Hopkinton Historical Society is fortunate to have in its collection Edmund Currier’s account books from 1815 to 1825. In these books, Currier lists ten tall clock cases purchased from David Young and one from David Young Jr., both of Hopkinton. Although the case of the Society's "new" clock is not labeled, perhaps it was made by David Young (1746-1836), a well-known cabinetmaker and joiner. The Society has a chest of drawers signed by Young, as well as a highboy and blanket chest attributed to Young, in its collection.
From these same account books, it is recorded that Currier sold eight case clocks with prices ranging from $35.00 to $65.00.
Our thanks to Delaney Antique Clocks for delivering the clock to the Society.
Building Community through Oral History
A Hands-on Workshop for Towns, Schools and Organizations
The January 10, 2015 Oral History Workshop with Jo Radner was terrific! There were 50+ attendees representing 19 communities/groups from across the state (and a waiting list of more than 40!). Stay tuned as the Society and the Hopkinton Town Library develop an oral history project to help celebrate our town's 250th anniversary. Thank you to the NH Humanities Council for sponsoring the workshop.
A Glorious Paddle down the Contoocook River!
Forty-five paddlers took part in a nine-mile trip down the Contoocook River from Contoocook Village to Penacook on Saturday, August 23, 2014 (see photos below). Participants were given maps identifying more than 20 interesting features and landmarks along the way and were able to tour a restored 1920s-era boat house. The event was organized by the Hopkinton Historical Society, which was one of eight museums that examined the role of rivers in our communities through exhibits and programs in 2014. Sponsors of “Along the River” exhibit included Contoocook River Canoe Co., Merrimack County Savings Bank, the NH Humanities Council, and Sugar River Bank.