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


Beginner Beekeeping Course

Beginner Beekeeping Course Offered  Pollinators are in the news; backyard beekeeping is on the rise. Learn what it takes to keep honeybees, what equipment is needed and what isn’t. This course will go over honeybee biology, behavior, hive management, how to spot disease or pests and more. Want to know if beekeeping is for you […]

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Workshop: Cultivating Worms

Cultivating Worms. Learn what it takes to cultivate worms over the winter for use in your home gardens. Owners of Alstead’s Cook Hill Farm will provide a hands-on workshop on Vermiculture to answer your questions about the use of worms in gardens. The workshop will begin at 11:00am. This event is free and open to […]

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Featured Exhibit

In the Far Pasture: 300 Year of Agriculture in Cheshire County In September of 1779 Keene farmer and diarist Abner Sanger was understandably consumed by the annual harvest of crops. He cut, moved and piled hay most days during the month. He also cut, carried and chopped corn and corn stalks, dug potatoes, made cider, […]

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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

We are truly thankful for your support!   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 the Auction of Historic Proportions on Friday October 2, 2015.   Our sponsors, item donors, organizers, food and beverage providers, attendees […]

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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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