Cultural Heritage in Cheshire County

Cheshire County’s cultural heritage is one of the main reasons people live here, visit here, and start businesses here.  The rich history of the area contributes to our quality of life.  The Historical Society fosters connections between our personal histories and the history of the region.  The Society provides a sense of place by connecting the historical past with the here and now. Cheshire County counts on the Historical Society to preserve the region’s history so that our memories are not lost for future generations.


Making History Come Alive


Wanted – Part-Time Development Director

The Historical Society of Cheshire County seeks a part-time Development Director to administer the development, membership and marketing activities of the Society. The Development Director is expected to work in close collaboration with the Executive Director, the Board of Trustees, and community volunteers to insure the success of the organization’s development and marketing plans. This […]

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Pop Up Instagram Exhibit

Do you have a photo of a favorite childhood Halloween memory?!  Share it with us and become part of our Pop Up Instagram Exhibit at the Monadnock Pumpkin Festival on October 24, 2015!  The exhibit theme: Your Favorite Childhood Halloween Memory.  Upload a photo to Instagram with the hashtag #Monadnock_History or email it to  For […]

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BLOG: The James Underwood Story

Wheaton College student and Historical Society volunteer Bill Funk invites you to read  The James Underwood Story, his personal blog.  Each of his many entries provide insight into the research he is conducting for the Society, transcribing the early 19th century account books of Swanzey tavern keeper James Underwood.  DISCLAIMER: This weblog covers projects conducted at […]

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Auction 2015

Online bidding September 1 through noon on October 1st Live Auction and Silent Auction October 2nd 6:00 pm – 9:00pm 2015 Raffle Grand Prize “From Mount Washington” by Kyle Stuckey 2015 Raffle Grand Prize to be drawn  October 2, 2015 at the Auction of Historic Proportions 1 ticket for $20.00 or 6 tickets for $100.00 […]

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Film Series

Challenges and Celebrations: NH Film Series Communicating History Through Film For nearly 100 years, filmmakers have been recording, depicting, commenting on and analyzing life in the state of New Hampshire.  These films often create a powerful impact, only to disappear from public consciousness a short time later.  The Historical Society of Cheshire County is embarking […]

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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 […]

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Things to do

Cheshire County’s rich cultural heritage offers a variety of opportunities for things to do at the Historical Society’s headquarters in the Ball Mansion, the Society’s period house museum the Wyman Tavern, and all around the 23 historic towns that make up Cheshire County, New Hampshire. The Historical Society’s Headquarters are located in an 1870 Italianate […]

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History Packet No. 2: George A. Wheelock, Naturalist

By Samuel Wadsworth It has been suggested that a few words relating to the life history of George A. Wheelock would be appropriate in connection with the history of the Keene Natural History Society of which he was president. George Alexander Wheelock, the eldest son of Lynds and Sarah Conant Wheelock, was born in Winchester, […]

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