New Ipswich Historical Society

23 Main St

New Ipswich, NH 03071

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Founded 1913

In 1913, a group of town residents concerned about preserving the town's historical resources founded the New Ipswich Historical Society. The hopes and goals of the founding members, Sarah Fiske Lee, William A. Preston, Mary F. Preston, Herschel W. Lewis, Helen M. Brooks, and Helen A. Sargent, have persisted for all of these years. Their original mission was "to discover, secure, and preserve whatever may relate to the natural, civil, literary, family, and ecclesiastical history of the town." Although the Society has grown, relocated, and modernized, it remains essentially an expression of those original sentiments--an institution committed to preserving and presenting the history of New Ipswich, in as many ways as we can imagine.

Today, the collection of the New Ipswich Historical Society includes books, photographs, maps, letters, paintings, samplers, trade signs, bandboxes, furniture, cooking implements, tools, clothing, firefighting equipment, and a myriad of other historical artifacts that enrich our understanding of the history of this place.

The Historical Society will be open to the public on the second and fourth Saturday of the month, June 2nd - October 13th 2018,  and open for special events as published here.

Research Inquiries

The New Ipswich Historical Society Board is comprised of volunteers who open the building every other week on Saturdays (generally 1-3 p.m. and by appointment) from early June through mid-October. We welcome visitors to use the resources available at the Society to do their own research and will do our best to refer visitors to other local and regional resources if we do not have the materials they need. The New Ipswich cemetery records have been digitized, and interested individuals seeking genealogical information may contact Ollie Niemi, Sextant of the Cemetery Committee (New Ipswich). In addition, the New Ipswich Town Offices have records of vital statistics that visitors to the Society may be seeking.

Cemetery Database

We recently discovered that the Cemetery Database had been corrupted; that has been fixed so if you have already downloaded the file, you might want to download it again, from here.

What’s New?

New Ipswich Center Village Historic District

If you live in one of the houses listed on the National Register of Historic Places (the New Ipswich Center Village Historic District), or if you are just interested in the architectural history of New Ipswich, see our new page dedicated to the Historic District.

Programs

We are busy planning programs for the summer/fall of 2018 and are interested in learning more about the agricultural history of New Ipswich. If you are currently a farmer or know someone who is, or if you have an interest in the history of farming in New Ipswich, please use email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to make suggestions for programs related to the continuation of our agricultural heritage.

Projects

We have a project called “The Greatest Generation,” which involved scanning and interpreting a photo album in the collection with pictures of the young men and women from New Ipswich who went to fight in World War II. We would love to have you contribute your memories to this project.

 
Facebook

We are on Facebook! To see what’s new at the Historical Society or just to post your questions or comments, try our new Facebook page.

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 OFFICERS

 

President, John Rosenfelder

Vice President, Daniel Ziarnik-Case

Treasurer, Patricia Lage

Secretary, Margaret Lee

 


2016 President's Letter

 


IMPORTANT EVENTS

Historic District Marker Unveiled

 

A new bronze marker for the Central Village Historic District was unveiled on Saturday, December 9, 2017 by members of the Historical Society.  The marker was obtained from a grant from Historic New England, a donation from the  New Ipswich Historical Society, as well as, an anonymous donor.  We would like to thank those who funded this project, as well as, the New Ipswich Selectman for approving the location of the marker on the town owned property at the corner of Turnpike Road and Main Street.  Also, a special thank you to the New Ipswich DPW for installing the marker.

 


Next Annual Meeting

 

The NIHS Annual Meeting was held on  Thursday, August 23, 2018 at 7:00pm at the Historical Society. 

 

Mark Haines of Ashby MA, gave a talk about New England barns. 

His topics included: construction, dating, disassembling, rebuilding, re-purposing, and restoration of old barns.

 


 2018 NIHS Hours

 

Summer and Fall of 2018 hours :

June 2, 9, 23: 1pm-3pm

July 14, 28: 1pm-3pm

August 11, 25: 1pm-3pm

September 8, 22: 1pm-3pm

October 13: 1pm-3pm

 

 


Whatever happened to?

Ellen Barr, a girl from New Ipswich!


 

Contact US

For more information about membership, programs, or research inquiries, please contact us at info@newipswichhistoricalsociety.org

You can also find us on FaceBook !