Meeting / Marlow Historical Society /6:30 PM, Sept. 4, 2008 /Chapel
These people were present: Maria Baril, Gen Ells, Loisanne Foster, Pam
Little, and Candy Wiggum
The Secretary's Report was read and accepted as read. Since Mary was unable
to be with us, there was no Treasurer's Report.
We have ordered more tulips and daffodils to plant around selected elms.
Planting of the last three elms is scheduled for this fall. Gen suggested
that we plant an additional elm by the cemetery instead of trying to
re-engineer the triangle on Route 10 to accept the third elm. This was
seconded by Candy and there was general agreement.
Maria will host the MHS Museum on Sept. 21 from 9:00 to 11:00 AM, and Gen
will take it from 11:00 AM to noon.
The new date of our cemetery tour will be Saturday, Oct. 18 at 1:00 PM at the
West Yard Cemetery. The rain date will be Sunday, Oct. 19 at 1:00 PM.
Loisanne has chosen several interesting people whose grave stones are there.
She will lead the tour and tell about each. There are some interesting
Pam has sent a letter to Tim Symonds at Audio Accessories stating that we cannot
buy the Burnap House and property for $95,000.00, but that we are in the
process of applying to the NH Preservation Alliance for its "Seven to
Save" program which will grant funds to save seven historic buildings in
N.H. which are in danger of deterioration or destruction. Pam has application
and extensive documentation nearly complete and will send it well before the
Sept. 15, 2008 deadline. She asked for suggestions as to who else would be
willing to support Burnap house preservation. We suggested several potential
references such as Tracy Messer, the Select Board, the Women's Group, and the
Annual Meeting, Sept. 18, 2008
We decided to have refreshments rather than a pot luck supper. The Membership
Chair, the Treasurer, the Secretary, and the President will be prepared with
Annual Reports. The Nominating Committee will have a slate for the Annual
Election of Officers. We will activate the telephone tree and post the event.
Since our planned Conservation Commission speaker will be unable to attend,
our program will consist of "visitors" from Marlow's past: Adam
Plumb as Nathan Huntley (b. 1726) who purchased over 700 acres in Marlow
between 1767 and 1778; Loisanne Foster as Zephan Hepzibah (Mack) Tubbs (b.
1740), wife of Abisha and sister to Solomon and Elisha Mack, true
Revolutionaries, and Candy Wiggum as Alice (Allison) Britton (b. 1889),
Marlow's lady stagecoach driver, a thoroughly modern woman.
Harvest Festival, Oct. 5
We decided to have our 50/50 raffle with a Toadstool gift certificate as
second prize and a basket of items from the MHS booth as third prize. Candy
will get the certificate from Toadstool. We are hoping it will be donated as
in the past.
At our booth we will share our canopy at the Harvest Fest with
the Conservation Commission, and we will have the usual book sale at Murray
Hall in the foyer outside the Art Show. We are distributing brochures
requesting owners of antique vehicles to show them at the HF. We are also
distributing posters and forms to encourage local artists to participate in
our Ninth Annual MHS Art Show at Murray Hall. We signed up as volunteers for
the MHS booth, including set up and take down.
Gen is looking into having a display of the Marlow home
models as previously discussed.
Gen also explained that Richard Frank feels another bench
is needed at the common near the War Memorial and elm and that he would like
to donate one in memory of Lydia Stevens. We noted that this is a matter for
the Selectmen, but that we endorse his idea of a bench and plaque in honor of
Lydia Stevens who has done so much for Monadnock Music, for Jones Hall, and
Annual Report /
Marlow Historical Society / Sept. 18, 2008
Our Annual Meeting of 2007 featured a guest speaker, Michelle Sthal,
Executive Director of the Peterborough Historical Society on the topic,
"Does History Matter?" She spoke on ways a historical society can,
in this media-oriented era, involve its community in preserving local
history. In a nut shell, she said to find community members where they are,
on the internet. She said to start something and involve local people in the
process, two pieces of advice which we have tried to follow. Tracy Messer
spoke saying, "The most important thing we can do today is to preserve
the history that is alive now in the people who have lived it....Generations
not born yet will thank us." Taking their points to heart, we have
widened our internet presence with an expanded Forum and a new web page on
the relationship between Marlow, N. H. and Lyme, Connecticut, started some
more new people-oriented projects, and carried on with our oral history by
interviewing Ulric Lindholm on mid-twentieth century Marlow summers, Charles
Strickland on his World War II experiences on a submarine in the Pacific, and
Donald Dunlap on the Dunlap furniture tradition and his own furniture-making.
Joanne Thomas was the first to use our newly-purchased digital recorder in
her interview. The digital recorder will henceforth make it easy to produce
CD copies of our interviews. Joanne has also transcribed her interview.
Officers elected at the Sept. 2007 meeting:
President - Mary Blank
Vice President - Pam Little
Secretary - Loisanne Foster
Treasurer - Mary Blank
Directors - Art Schmid (term expires Sept. 2010)
Membership Chair - Maria Baril
Assistant Program Director - Gen Ells
(with V.P., Pam Little)
Our other two Directors:
Candy Wiggum (term expires in Sept. 2008)
Adam Plumb (term expires Sept. 2009)
and James Burnap House
We produced a newsletter which featured our major hope of the year, possible
preservation of the first Marlow residence of James Burnap. Although right
now the prospects of preserving this important piece of Marlow history look
dim, we have focused much of our time and energy toward saving this Victorian
Mill Street home. We learned early in the year that it was scheduled to be
demolished in a controlled burn. James Burnap was known in his day as the man
who did the most for Marlow. He owned mills, a tannery, and several other
Marlow businesses. He served as Selectman for many a year as well as a state
legislator and member of the Governor's Council. With the assistance of Pam
Little, Vice President of MHS who is also an attorney, we have been negotiating
all year with Tim Symonds of Audio Accessories for the Burnap home. At one
point, we were offered it if we would move it and the Aldrich house, located
on Route 10, to another piece of property on Mill Street. We did our homework
and found this not feasible for a number of reasons. Recently we were
informed that Audio Accessories is not able to give us the Burnap House where
it stands, but it would be willing to sell it to us for $95,000.00. Currently
we have submitted an application to the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance
for its "Seven to Save" grant, a program meant to rescue seven
historical New Hampshire buildings threatened with destruction, and we have
informed Audio Accessories of our intention to pursue this avenue. Our hope
is to be able to purchase the property at the currently appraised value,
restore it, and use it as the home of Marlow Historical Society.
As Membership Chair, Maria Baril gave us a successful year in long-standing
member renewal and new members. Our new membership category of Sustaining
Membership - those willing to give $100.00 each year to support MHS overhead
expenses such as fuel, rent, and insurance - has been a success. We presently
have twelve sustaining members, some of whom are also Life Members. This
allows us to concentrate more fully on our mission of researching,
preserving, and sharing Marlow's historic buildings, documents, ephemera, and
Still, we participated in many of our traditional fundraising activities
including a booth and the Annual MHS Art Show at the Harvest Fest, a booth at
Christmas on the Pond, a table at the Town Meeting, and a book sale at the
community yard sale in May. Our booths contain information and outreach
material as well as Marlow histories and other sale items. Sales of Elgin
Jones' History of Marlow may not be brisk, but they are steady from the
library, the booths, and contacts with those who are seeking their Marlow
ancestors. Of course, we carried out our biggest fundraiser, Monadnock Music
Dinner at which we served 123 people and raised over eight hundred dollars.
We also did our part as an organization in community activities. We have
become responsible for the Monadnock Music Concert itself. We participated in
Marlow's Memorial Day celebration and, as usual, produced the entertainment
for Marlow's Christmas celebration. This year it was a sequel to the popular
"Marlow Radio Show" styled after "Prairie Home Companion"
with the skit "Rudolph Comes to Marlow." We are planning a second
sequel for this December. We are called upon perform many little services
such as finding information, for instance, weather quotes for the Town
Report. These things we do gladly. In March, although the weather was not
cooperative, we held our "Meet the Candidates" program.
Our on-going projects have progressed. Additions to Marlow's Oral History
were mentioned above. Our Liberty Elm Project has been maintained, although,
due to the generous rain this summer, less watering was required. The elms
are thriving. Bob Nichols, who has done so much valuable genealogical
research for MHS, is now researching the Original Marlow Proprietors from
Lyme, CT. Mary and Loisanne spent some time organizing the MHS files. Since
the signatures on our 1991 Album Quilt are fading, Maria Baril has
transcribed them. We worked toward Jones Hall maintenance and preservation by
researching and proposing Warrant Articles for painting the Jones Hall
exterior and installing a fire alarm system tied in with Mutual Aid. The
Selectmen produced the articles, and we threw our support behind them. Both
articles were successful. We are proud of our long-standing record of helping
restore, maintain and preserve Marlow's historic buildings.
Some projects reached completion. The 1876 Bride's Album Quilt Conservation
Project was finished and paid for. The Hearse House painting was completed
and paid for. Its new sign is placed at the front. Tom Fuschetto shored up
the back foundation and replaced a supporting timber. The chairs on the
Common and in "The Quiet Spot" by Murray Hall are varnished. The
Audrey Benson Scrapbook Project is complete with a copy on view at the MHS
Museum and a copy on view at the Marlow Library.
Board members conducted research and attended workshops to learn more about
local history and how to preserve and share it. For instance, Loisanne
attended a workshop in Concord about how to organize and conduct a dramatized
cemetery walk. While we would like to do this one day, we felt that, at
present, we are too short of manpower to undertake this labor-intensive project.
We decided to compromise by "inviting" several eighteenth and
nineteenth century Marlow personalities to appear at a meeting and also have
a non-dramatized guided cemetery tour in October.
We held two new events this year. In April, we hosted a reception for new
members and there had a wonderful discussion of our MHS mission and member
interests. Later we held a barbecue at our summer general meeting.
Our New Hampshire Humanities Council speaker this year was Glenn Knoblock who
spoke on "reading" cemeteries - understanding the iconography of
each era and all these "stone books" have to tell us. Mr. Knoblock
praised Marlow for its fine care of its old cemeteries and pronounced West
Yard Cemetery " a treasure" with "Free Will Baptist written
all over it." This observation independently supports our research on
Marlow's early settlers from Lyme, Connecticut. At another general meeting,
Loisanne explained our MHS Forum on the Web and gave examples of Marlow
history and genealogy we are learning from it.
With a view to interesting Marlow's young people in history, we contacted
Phyllis Peterson, principal of Perkins School, to ask if we could host a New
Hampshire Humanities speaker at the school for the children. She was
enthusiastic in her response. Our first choice, an interactive program on
King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table, was unavailable, so we have
are working on engaging an alternate. We are also invited to provide a museum
tour and other activities for the children. We would very much like to
involve ourselves in sharing Marlow's history with its young people.
We look forward to another interesting, challenging, unpredictable year with
Marlow Historical Society. Let us have your ideas and some of your time.
There is no limit to what we may accomplish!