Sunapee Historical Society


June 26, 2017 – 5:30 PM Narrated Lake History Cruise aboard the MV Mt. Sunapee to George’s Mills and Lakeside Landing featuring early families and cottages at the northern end of Lake Sunapee.   Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and cash bar.  Meet at the wharf in Sunapee Harbor, tickets $30/person.  Reservations encouraged, the cruise sold out last year.

July 6, 2017 – 7 PM  Billy B. Van in George’s Mills     Paul Rheingold & Becky Rylander present Rose Beaumont & Billy B. Van, Vaudeville actors who came to George’s Mills in 1900 and tried to make it the “Hollywood of the East” in 1915.  At the museum, free, open to all.

July 12, 2017 – 7 PM  Gala Benefit to Fund the Sunapee Archives at the Old Abbott Library come meet Billy B. Van and hear about his Vaudeville escapades.  Enjoy the world premiere of his newly rediscovered silent film made in George’s Mills, Where Are Your Husbands?   Music, Barbershop Quartet, Food & Drinks.  Under the tent at Dexter’s Inn, Stagecoach Road. Tickets in advance: $40/person, $75/coupleAt the door: $45/person.

July 15, 2017 – Noon to 4 PM  Aerosmith History Day  Jonathan Robinson shares a huge collection of Aerosmith photos, features, interviews & memorabilia.  First-run printing of the Aerosmith Family Tree poster will be available for purchase.  At the museum, free, open to all.

July 27, 2017 – 7 PM  Skin Diving & Treasures  The LaPortes and others skin divers share stories of diving & sunken treasures at the bottom of Lake Sunapee.  At the museum, free, open to all.

August 3, 2017 – 6″30 PM  Annual Meeting of the SHS Membership, at the museum.

August 3, 2017 – 7 PM About the NH Boat Museum  A presentation by Lisa Sampson Lutts, Executive Director of the NH Boat Museum in Wolfeboro.  At the museum, free, open to all.

August 17, 2017 – 7 PM  Pleasure Boating on Lake Sunapee  An illustrated talk by Barbara Chalmers about the history and evolution of the  lake’s sailboats, steam launches, outboards and speedboats from the 1890s to the 1950s.  At the museum, free, open to all.

Although our programs are FREE, donations are gratefully accepted !


Information about and videos of past programs are available at the museum

Summer’s 1968 Bicentennial Celebration Remembered
History Cruise Aboard the MV Mt Sunapee – Sunapee Harbor, Granliden, Burkehavens
Summer Visitors in the Age of Steam
George’s Mills – Water Power & Tourism
Captains Dan & Frank Woodsum Reminisce: Recollections of a life and the business of steamboating on Lake Sunapee

Building Sunapee

Summer Fun: Growing Up Around the Lake in the 1950s & 1960s.
Frank Morse’s Sunapee Water Ski School & Show 1948 – 1970s.
Personal Water Craft: Canoes, skiffs & rowboats.
The Lake Sunapee Board of Trade.
Regatta! The 65 Year History of the Lake Sunapee Regatta Association.
Winter Fun: A History of Sunapee’s Ski Tows, Ski Jump & Skating Rink.

Notable Women of Sunapee.
Women’s Organizations of Sunapee.
A Magic Lantern Show – Slides from the Collection.
Woodbine Cottage Dessert Night.
Wooden Launches on Lake Sunapee.
Sunapee’s Cemeteries and Churches.

Cranky Yankees ! Jim Cooke portrays Coolidge, Webster, Everett and Adams.
Art & History Walk Along the Herbert Welsh Trail.
The Armenia White, A History of the Woodsum Steamboat Company’s flagship.
History of Business and Industry Along the Sugar River.
Sidney Bickford, Artist: His Life and Art of Nature.
Island Hopping on Lake Sunapee : The History & Lore of Lake Sunapee’s Islands.
The Hurricane of 1938: How Sunapee Coped


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