Sunapee Historical Society

OLD ABBOTT LIBRARY BUILDING UPDATE
old libraryThe Sunapee Select Board voted unanimously to proceed with entering into a two-year lease to purchase agreement with the Historical Society.  The lower level will be used for the Sunapee Senior’s Thrift Shop.  We will have 2 years from the date of contract signing to raise the funds to buy the building which is the amount due the Library Trustees plus real estate transfer costs of the town, totaling about $250,000.  The town’s agreement for the Thrift Shop at the Harbor Livery will expire in March 2017 according to the sales terms of the Livery.   A plan to use the Old Abbott Library main floor for the SHS archives and the lower floor for the Thrift Shop, including site modifications for accessible entrances to both floors was presented and approved by the Planning Board and Conservation Commission.  Now lawyers for the town and Historical Society will finalize the lease to purchase agreement.  We had a great turn-out and support at both public hearings on the sale held January 9 and 23, 2017.

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, provide a great location for year-round access to the Historical Society archives, and facilitate SHS collaboration with schools and library.   Please consider a generous contribution to this effort.  We only have two years to make this happen.

NEW 2016 MUSEUM EXHIBIT – A LAKE COTTAGE FROM YESTER-YEAR

Cottage 2Come and see our new exhibit – a lake cottage from the turn of the last century, modeled on the Sturtevant cottage, Camp Saville on the Lake’s west shore, complete with sparkling mica mine stone fireplace, sleeping loft, kerosene stove, old Saturday Evening Post magazine cover wallpaper, porch and outhouse !

Thanks to everyone who volunteered their time and/or materials to build this wonderful exhibit.

 

NEW 2016 SHS MUSEUM SHOP
StoreBe sure to stop by the museum shop this coming summer and see some great new Sunapee history themed items.  Our Ben Mere Inn ornament is available. If you didn’t get the Armenia White – there are still just a few available.

 

 

 

2016 BEN MERE INN COMMEMORATIVE ORNAMENT
2016 Ben Mere finalGold plated brass with white, red and green enameled highlights in a gift box.  Now available. See our STORE page.

 

 

 

 

2017 LAKE SHORE HISTORY CRUISE
Boat at Christmas The next Lake Sunapee History Cruise aboard the MV Mt. Sunapee  will set sail in June 2017 and explore the history of the northern end of Lake Sunapee.  Our 2016 history cruise was so popular it sold out and we did a repeat in August.  Don’t miss this one!  Look for more about the cruise May 2017.

 

 

MYSTERY PHOTO

Unknown cottageWe’ve not yet had any luck identifying this cottage which no longer exists. Can you help us identify this Lake Sunapee cottage? The photo dates to the 1920s.  Do you know where on the lake it was located and what happened to it?
Contact us and thanks for your help!

 

 

 

RECENT ACQUISITIONS
SHS was recently gifted the following items:
A walking cane with “Mt. Sunapee 1913” carved on it.
A framed 1893 Brockway map of the Lake Sunapee.
A wood plane used by Frank Holmes,  two Alexander Company hay rakes.
Billy B. Van pillow cover and Bartlett family photos.
Many thanks to the donors of these items.

 

 

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