OLD ABBOTT LIBRARY BUILDING UPDATE
On July 24, we and the Sunapee Select Board signed the legal documents for our Old Abbott Library lease/purchase agreement. Our occupancy along with our two-year clock to raise funds to buy the building begins to tick on August 1, 2017. We are VERY EXCITED to take this next step toward our dream of a Sunapee Archives at the Old Abbott Library. The Sunapee Senior’s Thrift Shop has been in operation at the building’s lower level since June. Now our work begins to raise $500,000 to purchase the building, to make critical improvements, including a new heating and ventilating system, and establish an endowment for the continued support of the archives and museum. Purchasing the old Abbott Library will preserve an historic building, maintain public access, provide the space SHS needs to preserve and expand our collection in a great location for year-round archive access. Please consider a generous contribution to this effort. We only have two years to make this happen.
NEW 2017 SHS ORNAMENT – LOON ISLAND LIGHT HOUSE
Our new Sunapee 250th anniversary commemorative ornament of Loon Island Lighthouse is here. Gold plated brass with white, blue and green enameled highlights in a gift box. $20 for SHS members/ $22 for non-members.
SHS MUSEUM SHOP
Be sure to stop by the museum shop at Sunapee Harbor this summer and see our great Sunapee history themed items. In addition to the new Loon Island Lighthouse ornament, our ornament series includes the Ben Mere Inn and the great lake steamboat Armenia White. We also have a fun line of sturdy canvas totes in several sizes with images of the lake’s steamboats and historic lake regatta boating celebration.
2017 STEAMBOAT RIDES
On Saturday August 19 the historical society is offering steamboat rides on Louis Edmond’s steamboat leaving from Sunapee Harbor at Sargent’s gas pump wharf. Trips leave on the hour between 10 AM and 3 PM. Each trip can take 7 passengers. Tickets are $20 person. Seats are limited. Call 763-9872 to make reservations. Funds raised with benefit the Fund for the Sunapee Archives.
2017 LAKE SHORE HISTORY CRUISE – ABOUT THE NORTH END OF THE LAKE
Back by popular demand, the second annual Lake Sunapee History Cruise aboard the MV Mt. Sunapee will set sail on Tuesday August 14, 2017 at 5:30 PM and will head to George’s Mills and Lakeside Landing to explore the history of the northern end of Lake Sunapee. Reservations are encouraged – tickets are $30 per person. Delicious hors d’oeuvres provided with a cash bar. Tickets can be reserved by sending us a check and request a reservation at our website “contact us”
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