Atkinson Historical Society

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Atkinson Historical Society

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Atkinson NH Historical Society

Atkinson Historical Society Grange

Atkinson Grange, Patrons of Husbandry No 143, was orgainzed November 29, 1889 with 21 charter members. Herman Noyes server as the first Master. "Atkinson" was selected by ballot as the name of the Grange. The Grange continued to meet in the Academy Hall, which was in need of renovation. In September of 1912, Herbert Poor offered a building lot on Bassett land east of the Academy and diagonally across from the Center School as the site for a Grange Hall.

 

Grange Hall

The hall was officially opened on February 12, 1913. At the time of its construction the hall was considered one of the finest Grange halls in New Hampshire and was valued at $6,000 with a debt of only $3,000. A home talent drama, "Silar the Choir Boy" , was presented and raised about $150. Some of this money was psnt for stage scenery, including the front drop with its painting of Menageria Rocks at Island Pond. This front drop painting will soon be displayed at the Kimball House.

Grange Dramatic Moments

The Grange is more than a building and a slate of officers. It has had its dramatic moments. One such event occurred in the mid-thirties, when George White, Sr. was Pomona Master and the meeting began at 3 in the afternoon, there was a break for supper downstairs, and the meeting resumed afterward. It had been snowing all day, and while there was no accumulation at suppertime it became a nor'easter. When the meeting closed at 10:30pm people were dismaye to find their cars frozen under drifts. No one could get out. Three children were put to bed on the pool table, but everyone else settled down for a friendly night of talking and singing.

Upcoming Events The Atkinson Historical Society has an active events team. Our goal is to bring quality and interesting events into Atkinson to inform the public about a current topic of interest or historical topics of all kinds. This link will take you to our events page. Currently we are actively planning events to celebrate the Atkinson 250th anniversary in 2017.

Atkinson History Atkinson has a rich history dating back to before the American Revolution. The town was part of a tract of land purchased from the indians by settlers of Haverhall, MA on November 15, 1642. The first settlements were made in 1728 by Benjamin Richards of Rochester and Jonathan and Edmund Page and John Dow of Harerhill. Click here for more details on the history of Atkinson..

Kimball Museum The Atkinson Historical Society makes it's home in the Atkinson Kimball Museum. Formerly the Atkinson public library. The museum is open every Wednesday from 2 - 4 pm and the 1st Saturday of each month from 10am - 2pm. Here is a more detailed listing of museum hours..

Research We can help you with research on specific home or people from Atkinson. Contact the organization via phone or electronically. Research page.

Organization The Organization board consits of a President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and 3 board members. Full organization page.

Meetings The Atkinson Historical Society conducts 6 meetings in a typical year with ad-hoc board meetings as needed..Full Meeting schedule.

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