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 is slated to begin on August 1 and our two-year clock to raise funds to buy the building begins to tick then. 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 GALA EVENT TO BENEFIT THE FUND FOR SUNAPEE ARCHIVES
On Wednesday July 12, 2017 under the tent at Dexter’s Inn on Stagecoach Road a big crowd enjoyed music, great food and the escapades of BILLY B VAN. Thanks to all our business supporters: Dexter’s Inn for the venue, Appleseed, Bubba’s, Old Courthouse, Salt Hill Pub, Sanctuary Farm and Suna for our food, Kathan Gardens and Springledge Farm for our flowers, M.J. Harrington Jewelers for advertising, the Sunapee Police for use of their golf cart, Greg Weiss as Governor Bartlett, the North Country Chords for their serenades, and to the Newport Historical Society, Dean Stetson and Jayna Hooper for their Billy B. Van program. Thanks also to John Tariot of Film Digital Video in Hanover , who chose our gala to premiere Van’s recently rediscovered silent film, Where Are Your Husbands? To Bob Merrill for his composition and musical accompaniment for the movie which was an absolute hoot! Gerry and Harold Lavalley won the Best Costume prize.
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. Our June cruise was 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 and request a reservationi at our website “contact us”
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