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The Historical Society of Cheshire County has been collecting, preserving, and communicating the history of Cheshire County, New Hampshire since 1927.  The Society headquarters are at the Ball Mansion, an 1870 Italianate structure on Main Street in Keene, New Hampshire, which houses featured exhibits, a research library, a museum shop, and a collection of more than 300,000 items from the region’s history.

The Historical Society also operates a period museum in Keene’s most historic house, the Wyman Tavern, which was built in 1762 by Captain Isaac Wyman.  The Wyman Tavern is open through the summer for tours, special events, and educational programs.


  • Making history come alive

    Icons of the Civil Rights Movement

    Icons of the Civil Rights Movement On Friday, April 10th, artist and exhibit creator Pamela Chatterton-Purdy will be a special guest at the opening reception of the Historical Society of Cheshire County’s exhibition Icons of the Civil Rights Movement, commemorating those who played roles in the history of the Civil Rights Movement in America. Chatterton-Purdy’s artwork depicts thirty iconic figures of the Civil Rights Movement in gilded wooden frames in a style reminiscent of the icons Continue Reading→

    Capital Campaign

    Investing in Our History, Enhancing Our Future Redefining the Historical Society of Cheshire County The Historical Society of Cheshire County collects, preserves, and communicates the history of the region at our home on Keene’s Main Street and at the Wyman Tavern Museum only a block away. We fully recognize, as have other successful historical societies across America, that people won't return again and again to museums that are simply repositories of “old stuff”. Today people Continue Reading→