We had record numbers come view our latest exhibit, “Luther Cody Canterbury Collection” on Fair Day. We will be open on Saturdays September 17 and 24th and October 1st, 8th and 15th from 10:00 to noon. There are 38 vintage photographs, all matted and framed and can be ordered/purchased for $20.00 each. There are 650 photos total in the Cody Collection, they can be viewed/ordered at (Fred Wilcox of Concord won the drawing to receive a print of his choice)


Sadly, with the  passing of Willie Nelson the most recent holder of the Boston Post Cane, we are seeking nominations for the oldest resident of Canterbury (who is willing to accept the honor). We have posted the criteria used to select the resident to our website Please feel to contact us if you have questions and especially if you have recommendations


 It occurs to us that the town should begin thinking about planning for the commemoration of our 300th Birthdaywhich will be celebrated on May 20, 2027. The official date our Charter was signed by Governor John Wentworth, was May 20, 1727. So begin formulating your ideas and thinking about our wonderful history and the town we have become. Surely, there is much to celebrate!  



The Trustees of the historical society have decided to re-purpose their meeting /work room in the Archives section of the Library into a Research Center. New workstations will provide space for volunteers to identify, describe and create a digital record of the myriad items contained in our Collection, thereby, making the information available online. While some of this work has been done previously, there is much more to be done. To this end, the Trustees have recently purchased a new computer and wireless printer/scanner allowing for uploading of the information to our website, We will have more in next month’s report. 

The Canterbury Community and Business Directory has been published by the Society for 2021-2022 and is available at the Library and Country Store. The directory, published as a public service provides information about town organizations and departments, local businesses and answers commonly asked questions. 

Canterbury artisans to speak 10/2

david-and-tom-collageYou are invited!  The David Lamb and Tom McLaughlin program.

The Canterbury Historical Society is pleased to be presenting a program by NH Furniture Masters and long term residents David Lamb and Tom McLaughlin on Sunday, Oct. 2nd at 2PM in the Town Hall. David and Tom will be showcasing several of their personal design developments accomplished over the past twenty years and they will be featuring a number of master works that they’ve created from the same, rare Cuban mahogany tree that they purchased together some time ago. If you enjoy seeing examples of extraordinary furniture and learning more about the levels of skill and commitment require to make it, you should mark your calendars.

Admission is free, but as always your support is essential and your donations will be greatly appreciated.

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Tom McLaughlin

Tom McLaughlin

David Lamb
David Lamb; photo by Bill Truslow

David Lamb and Tom McLaughlin of Canterbury, NH.