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On behalf of the Historical Society of Cheshire County Staff, the Board of Trustees and the Auction Committee we would like to thank all those who contributed to its Auction of Historic Proportions on Friday October 3, 2014.   Our sponsors, item donors, organizers, food and beverage providers, attendees and bidders made it possible for the Society to  raises over 20,000 dollars to support the Society’s activities, this is a new high for us. Among our sponsors were The Cobbs Auctioneers, Richard Whitney, Kristin’s Bakery, Sunflowers Restaurant, Little Zoe’s Pizza, L A Burdick Chocolates, Clear Solutions Displays, People’s Linen Service, g. housen, Elm City Brewing, In the Company of Flowers, Wells Fargo Advisors, C&S Wholesale Grocers, Ingenuity Country Store, Servpro of Keene, Inc., Monadnock Radio Group, Twentieth Century Pops, Frazier & Son Furniture, Fairgrounds Antiques, The Local Historical Societies of Cheshire County: Marlow, Westmoreland, Alstead, Richmond, Walpole, Stoddard, Winchester and Nelson, and the Keene Sentinel.  The event was organized by Andrea Cheeney with help of auction committee members David Frechette, Vesta Hornbeck, Sydney Croteau-Frechette, Jane Johnson, Dave Sutherland, Paula Page, Ryan Ullrich, Alan Rumrill, Rick Swanson and especially Susan Landers Gilbert. Also the wonderful work done by the Volunteers and Staff

 Most importantly we would like to thank the Society’s Board of Trustees and the Community for supporting this event as it is the largest fundraising event of the year for the Society. We hope the auction will continue to grow.

Thank you,

David Frechette

Auction Committee Chairman


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.


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