Book signing LAUNCH event

Sunday June 25th from 1:00PM to 4:00PM  @ the Canterbury Elementary School

The Historical Society is pleased to announce a “Launch Party” celebrating the publication of a new history of Canterbury which chronicles the events, people and ideas that shaped the town’s history in the 20th Century. Over 200 people were involved in the project over the span of four years. Author Kathryn Grover, a noted writer and historian, was engaged to write the history which is titled, “Staying Small in a Century of Growth”. The well known Peter Randall Publishers of Portsmouth was engaged to handle all the publishing details. Ms. Grover has produced a very readable, enjoyable and comprehensive history that stands apart from most others.

All are invited to attend the “Launch”, to hear Kathryn Grover’s story of how she wrote the history, answer questions about the book and of course, to sign copies. Books will be available that day for purchase. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Read more about the book here…

“I’ve been working on the railroad”; talk and new exhibit!


Before the days of Interstate 93, tractor trailer trucks, and personal automobiles, the railroad was the lifeline that connected Canterbury to the world. Although long gone and mostly forgotten now, Canterbury once had a vibrant railroad system that included multiple trains running through town each day delivering passengers, mail, food, merchandise, and freight to the Canterbury railroad stations that no longer exist. These same trains also hauled out of town local produce including as milk, lumber, ice, and young recruits headed for service in WWII.

On Sunday April 30th at 1:00 at the Canterbury Parish House, local historian Mark Stevens is presenting a program entitled, “I’ve Been Working On The Railroad”.  It will feature old photos, historic research, and the stories that he gathered from interviewing old timers that remembered riding the rails and waiting for the train at the depot.  Mark has spent 5 years gathering all this information and has retraced the rail lines.  The photos of his discoveries coupled with historic photos he uncovered are a valuable and interesting part of our state history.

Immediately following Mark’s talk will be the opening of CHS’s newest exhibit “A trip through time on the Canterbury Railroad” that showcases many of the artifacts Mark came across plus many more photos. The exhibit will be across the road at the Elkin’s Memorial Building.

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.

Newly found artifact; the Worsted Church

IMG_2419Spring cleaning this year revealed a long over-looked artifact!  Tucked back in the dark recesses of a former storage locker we found part of the weather vane off the old Worsted Church.

It’s only in recent times that Canterbury has built it’s climate controlled archival rooms and that CHS has been given stewardship of the additional Elkin’s Memorial Building with its own storage cellar.  In times past, the heirs of our founding fathers, knowing particular items had historical significance, simply stashed things in their barns.  Coming into modern times as bulky items moved from the barns to the protection of CHS they were stored in the “cage” (a room walled off with wire mesh and a padlock) in the cellar of the Sam Lake House where our town offices are located.  A final clean-out of the space this spring gave us this surprise.

IMG_2421 IMG_2423This weather vane is not only significant because of where it was located and it’s hand-wrought craftsmanship but because it survived the fatal fire of the church.  Come see it on display this month in the Elkin’s Memorial Building at the Canterbury Fair, Saturday July 30th, 2016.

Read a bit more about the Worsted Church by clicking here.

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