OLD ABBOTT LIBRARY BUILDING UPDATE
The 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 which opens in June. 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. Lawyers for the town and Historical Society are finalizing the lease to purchase agreement.
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 2017 SHS ORNAMENT – LOON ISLAND LIGHT HOUSE
Coming in June: Our new Sunapee 250th anniversay commemorative ornament of Lake Sunapee’s Loon Island Light House. Gold plated brass with white, blue and green enameled highlights in a gift box. Available by the end of June.
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 GALA EVENT TO BENEFIT THE FUND FOR SUNAPEE ARCHIVES
On Wednesday July 12, 2017 at 7 PM join the fun under the tent at Dexter’s Inn on Stagecoach Road to meet Sunapee’s own Vaudeville actor, comedian, movie producer & entrepeneur, BILLY B. VAN. He will amaze you with tales of his escapades! Enjoy the world premiere of the recently rediscovered silent film produced in George’s Mills, Where Are Your Husbands? Come in 1920s dress and vie for a Best Costume prize. Music, Barbershop quartet, beverages & hors d’oeuvres provided. Tickets in advance: $40/person or $75/couple. At the door: $45/person. Tickets available at the museum, by mail or “contact us” and use PayPal.
2017 LAKE SHORE HISTORY CRUISE
The next Lake Sunapee History Cruise aboard the MV Mt. Sunapee will set sail on Monday June 26, 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. Our 2016 history cruise was so popular it sold out, so don’t miss this one! Tickets are $30 per person. Delicious hors d’oeuvres provided with a cash bar. Tickets can be reserved by sending us a check or our website “contact us” and use Paypal.
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