History

SAND DAM PAST.. AND PRESENT

From the Issue: 
July/August 2010
September 29, 1888 – New Hampshire Sentinel: “While workmen were repairing the sand dam, so called, for the Blanket Mills, one of them, B F. Harris, wandering about the shore of the pond, found in a secluded place in the bushes an open grave, not a hole in the ground, but a well-made grave, which had the appearance of having been made some time. All kinds of rumors were afloat, some of them believing that a murder was premeditated, others that it was made during the time of the liquor raids as a place to hide goods; be that as it may, it gave evidence of having been dug with care and for a purpose.”

HISTORIETTE GROUP

From the Issue: 
June 2010
Please note: Historiette Group meetings are held at 7 PM on the first Wednesday of each month unless otherwise noted.  The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 2, at the Gay Kimball Library in Troy.  There will be no meeting in July.

Another productive month! Nancy O'Grady and Jane Silver brought good information with them.  Jane had historic photos and information of her family's life and times in Troy.  Gary Phelps and Fran Merlone, as usual, added some really good topics and conversation pieces.  Once again, Richard Lawrence provided us with valuable photos and verbal history on Troy.

READY FOR DISPLAY

From the Issue: 
June 2010
Fifty-eight Mounts of Troy Folk And Happenings 

The Troy Historical Society has assembled 29 double sided display panels which measure 18 x 24 inches each.  This means a full newspaper page can be displayed on each panel.  These steel panels are designed to flip like the pages of a book and are suspended from their own movable stand.  As there are 29 panels this means 58 surfaces for display.  Any number (from one to twenty nine) of panels can be displayed.  The current set of panels displayed at the Kimball Hall museum might best be titled " Miscellaneous " as some 75 Troy folks are pictured dealing with over 125 Troy topics.

FITZWILLIAM HISTORICAL SOCIETY

From the Issue: 
June 2010
“Dolls, Dollhouses & Miniatures” 

Come and experience the wonders of childhood with a special, two month long exhibit at the Amos J. Blake House Museum.  Your visit is requested from the seasonal opening on Saturday, May 29th through the last Saturday in July. Hidden lollipops can be chosen by visiting children.  This uniquely beautiful former home of the Blake family will display original items, mostly from private collections, on both floors.

There will be dollhouses from the 1920s as well as handmade accessories for the houses, Harry Potter dolls, Brue and Matroyshka dolls, one of a kind artist dolls, dolls from the Robert Tonner collection, Native American style “Winnie” dolls, baby dolls, fairy houses plus dolls from the museum collection.  This delightful collection will not disappoint. 

Tours of the museum are always free. We are open from 1-4 PM on Saturdays or you are welcome to make special arrangements for a private tour by contacting us:
603-585-7742, fitzhs@peoplepc.com  or our website www.fitzhistoricalsociety.org 

HISTORICAL SOCIETY

From the Issue: 
June 2010
The Troy Historical Society is working on a display for Old Home Days.  We are planning to have a display of fashions from the middle to late 1800's.  We have a few items at the museum but are looking for more.  If you have some fashions or know of someone who would be willing to loan items for our display, please notify Kathy Marrotte at 242-7731 or Bob Hall at 242-6292.

We would like to invite you to visit our newest exhibit at the museum.  We are working on a school exhibit with the old school desks that were bolted to the classroom floor.  We acquired a chalkboard from Troy School, have some old school books, bells, and musical instruments used in the classroom.  If you have some school items related to Troy's history and would like to donate them to our exhibit, please feel free to do so by contacting Bob or Kathy.   The museum is open the first three Saturdays of the month from 8 to 10:30 AM.

HISTORIETTE GROUP UPDATE

From the Issue: 
April 2010
Please note: Historiette Group meetings are held at 7PM on the first Wednesday of each month unless otherwise noted.  The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 7, 2010, at the Gay Kimball Library in Troy.
    This book, tentatively named "A Chronological Historiette of Troy" is not only intended to provide both a historical sketch and chronology (from pre-colonial days) of the development of the town of Troy and its inhabitants, churches, businesses, schools, and visitors, but I want it    updated to contain as many notable, memorable and humorous stories of actual daily life of nineteenth century people.  Dr. Stone's "History of Troy" provided us with an updated factual history and local family genealogy of Dr. Caverly's "History of Troy," up to 1897.  Then, with the exception of several brief publications, the life and times of Troy people in the 1900's is sparse.
    Please, give us written accounts of your stories (personal or handed down), your memories and recollections of traditional living, working, playing, and socializing over these past decades.

FITZWILLIAM HISTORICAL SOCIETY

From the Issue: 
April 2010
We are sending out an advance notice of a special exhibit to be held at the Amos J. Blake House Museum during the months of June and July.  Entitled “Dolls, Dollhouses & Miniatures,” it will display an exceptionally fine and diverse collection of interest to collectors and enthusiasts of all levels.  Some arrangements from private collectors have already been made.  We have antique dolls, unique fairy houses and a log cabin in miniature, Matroyshka (Russian) nesting dolls, original, handcrafted and one of a kind dolls, and dolls and miniatures by recognized artists.  This will be a truly exceptional and exciting exhibit and we welcome your participation.  If you have something you wish to display please contact us before May 15th.
    The Fitzwilliam Town Library will also have a traveling doll exhibit during the month of July which will feature dolls portrayed from a literary collection as well as the accompanying book.  Rounding out the area doll attractions will be a special doll exhibit connected to the Horatio Colony Museum in Keene during the summer.

DR. PAUL'S MEDICAL BAG

From the Issue: 
April 2010
When trains first roared down the tracks in the mid 1800’s, countless terrible accidents occurred.  Over the years as we approached mid-1900’s, the railroads became improved and safer.  The number of accidents declined considerably, but in the event of an emergency, Troy was fortunate to have a physician on hand. He lived only a stone's throw from the depot. 
   
Doctor Samuel E. Paul was a well known, distinguished, and highly regarded physician who practiced in Troy for almost thirty years from 1940-1969.  Dr. Paul’s normal office hours were held 1:30-4PM Monday Tuesday, Thursday, Friday. and evenings 6-8PM Monday, Wednesday, Thursday.  He also covered at the Elliott Community Hospital in Keene. 
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