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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


Auction 2015

Save the Date October 2,2015 “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 Need not be present to win  call 603.352.1895 for more information or click here to purchase tickets online   […]

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Featured Exhibit

Treasured Places, Protected Spaces The work of over fifty artists will be featured this summer in the gallery of the Historical Society of Cheshire County. Treasured Places, Protected Spaces will recognize and celebrate conservation lands of the Monadnock region. Treasured Places will bring together several of the region’s communities at the intersection where art, conservation, […]

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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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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 […]

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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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