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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 support organizations that are vital, alive, happening, and provide continuing benefits that suit members’ and consumers’ present needs.

The Trustees at the Historical Society faced this challenge head on when they developed the Society’s five-year strategic plan in 2012. The result was a redefinition of the Historical Society as a “cultural heritage center” where history comes alive. The vision is focused on providing relevance and sense of place. The place has certainly been shaped by its history, but should be more broadly understood by wider audiences in terms of its art, its music, its literature, its crafts, its industries, and its social fabric.

To this end the Society has launched a capital campaign to develop a cultural heritage center campus. The campaign goal is $2.4 million and it includes repairs and improvements to our buildings as well as the acquisition of a building adjacent to the Wyman Tavern for use as a welcome center and education center.

Project Overview
The VisionThe Historical Society of Cheshire County will be a Cultural Heritage Center that serves as a steward for the region’s history, provides relevance to people of all ages, and enhances our sense of place.This initiative, the organization’s first capital fund drive in twenty years, is truly a great leap forward to transition the entire Society into the Cheshire County Cultural Heritage Center – a change from two buildings to three buildings that expands the Society’s mission and vision in keeping with changing times.We Provide Educational Programs for Kids from 5 to 95The Historical Society provides over 140 programs per year to show that Cheshire County is a place that honors its future and its past. School tours, summer camps, teacher workshops, exhibits, festivals, living history, historic crafts and foodways, music, gardening, archaeology field schools, pop-up museums, internships, lectures, field trips, reenactments, hands-on activities, and more show we are a lasting community that cares about its cultural heritage.We Add Value to the CommunityThe Historical Society draws some 12,500 people to Keene and the surrounding region each year. These visitors pay for meals, lodging, gifts and additional cultural attractions, thereby supporting other businesses in the area. Moreover, the Historical Society’s annual budget for staff and local services largely goes right back into the local economy. Conservatively, the Society has an annual economic impact of $1.5 million on our community.If we want to leave something valuable for those who come after us, let it be our rich Cheshire County history. Why?
Because we are very much a part of it. And trust us, it’s nice to be remembered!Therrien sketch Wyman 2WYMAN TAVERN historical rehabilitation:

  • The Wyman Tavern is the Historical Society’s most important artifact and one of Cheshire County’s most historic buildings.
  • The building is threatened by moisture damage, deterioration, and other structural issues.
  • The rehabilitation plan includes site work, masonry and structural repairs, carpentry, rehabilitation of windows and doors, repairs to roofing, flashing, and gutters, and mechanical, plumbing, and electrical work.

Therrien sketch Bruder 2WYMAN TAVERN WELCOME CENTER:

  • The Historical Society will acquire the Bruder House from Keene State College to be used as a welcome center for the Wyman Tavern cultural heritage center campus.
    The welcome center will provide handicap accessibility, space for educational programs, cooking facilities, rest rooms, additional parking, and a museum shop.
    The second floor of the building will offer additional storage space for archives and collections.
    The welcome center will offer the opportunity to greatly expand programs at the Wyman Tavern without compromising its architectural or historical integrity.

Therrien sketch BallBALL MANSION renovations and improvements:

  • The Ball Mansion is the home of the Historical Society of Cheshire County.
    In order to be good stewards of the building we must repair the roof, masonry, windows, interiors, heating, and electrical.
    In order for the building to provide better experiences for visitors, certain improvements will be made such as redesigning the gift shop and exhibit areas for better flow.

Goal Overview

BALL MANSION renovations:     $641,000

BALL MANSION improvements:     $140,000

TOTAL BALL MANSION:     $781,000

WYMAN TAVERN renovations:     $324,000

TOTAL WYMAN TAVERN:     $324,000

BALL & WYMAN TAVERN TOTAL:     $1,105,000

WYMAN TAVERN WELCOME CENTER:

Purchase Price     $300,000

Renovations     $515,000

WELCOME CENTER TOTAL:     $815,000

ANNUAL BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS MAINTENANCE:

($20,000 per year at 4% yield) TOTAL:     $500,000

FACILITIES GRAND TOTAL:     $2,420,000

Donors

Leadership Level ($100,000 and above)
C&S Wholesale Grocers, Jan & Rick Cohen, Chloe Curtis-Chekassky,
Dr. David K. Frechette and Sydney Croteau-Frechette, Edward and Ellen Frechette, Gallup Foundation,
Carl & Ann Jacobs, The Kingsbury Fund, The Putnam Foundation

History Maker Level ($50,000 and above)
Thomas & Anne Havill, NGM Insurance Co., NH LCHIP fund, Markem-Imaje Corporation,
The Therrien/Melanson Company Family in memory of Bob & Bev Therrien,
Timken Foundation of Canton

Heritage Level ($25,000 and above)
George & Ann Colony, Carl & Ruth Jacobs, James & Judith Putnam, Thomas & Barbara Putnam,
Tim & Talu Robertson, Savings Bank of Walpole

Cultural Steward Level ($10,000 and above)
Joseph & Maury Bohan, Douglas and Monica Brown, Dr. Robert Chase, John & Pat Colony,
Philip Faulkner, John & Lynda Hunt, Peter & Cornelia Jenness, Richard & Judy Kalich, Jane Lane,
David F. Putnam, John Treat in memory of Donald F. and Anne T. Treat

Curator Level ($5,000 and above)
Joe & Stephanie Baute, Juliana Bergeron & Arto Leino, Filtrine Manufacturing Company,
Donall & Joyce Healy, Henry M. Frechette Memorial Fund, James & Catherine Koontz,
Charles & Carolyn Loos, Douglas Maynard in memory of Sally Kingsbury Maynard,
Lee & Paula Page in memory of Clayton & Muriel Robbins, Norma Jeanne Pinney,
Dr. Art & Lynn Simington, Dr. Kimball & Maria Temple, Bob & Jan Weekes

Archivist Level ($1,000 and above)
The Banyan Fund, Larry & Tamara Benaquist, Bradford G. Blodget, Sam & Lucy Bradley, Richard & Betsey Church, Mary Cobb, Francois & Rosamond Delori, Bill & Kristine Dow, Dayton & Dianne Duncan, Sybil W. Dupuis in memory of Edith W. Atkins, Robert & Alfrieda Englund, Tom Ewing, Bob & Jeananna Farrar, Barry & Carol Faulkner, William S. Faulkner in memory of Philip H. Faulkner, Charles & Charlotte Faulkner, Joslin Kimball Frank, Judy Hodge & Henry Frechette, Elke & Tom Hanna, Nancy & Roger Hansen, Ernest & Medora Hebert, Charles & Vesta Hornbeck, H. Gregory & Jane Johnson, Jay & Cheryl Kahn, Bob & Hillary Kingsbury, Margaret Langford, Peter & Sharon Mangan, Daniel & Mazal Mariaschin, Martha & Cole Mills, Philip and Kathy Miner, Dominic Perkins & Deirdre Chretien, Robert and Judith Perry, Joseph & Augusta Petrone, Chris and Gaynelle Pratt, June Rawlings in memory of Fred Rawlings, Win & Joan Raynor, Elizabeth K. Ripley in memory of F. Fuller Ripley, Phyllis & Jim Rogers, Jim & Sharron Rousmaniere, Marie Royce Ruffle, Alan & Kim Rumrill, Richard Scaramelli & Joan Kibbe, Edwin & Sharron Smith, David & Jane Stabler in honor of Lois Stabler, Rob Stephenson, Rick Swanson & Wendy Bruneau, Anthony & Barbara Tremblay, Jan Van Den Beemt, Don & Judy Wilmeth in memory of Albert “Kip” Weeks, Jeanne L. Williams, Mildred B. Wolfe, Dr. Robert & Lisa Wyman,  Margaret Parker Ziegler

Researcher Level ($500 and above)
Janet Albarado, Julia, Mary, & Chris J. Booras, Charles & Nancy Butterfield, Kim & Nancy Faulkner, Charles Felix,
Linda G. Guinane, Lewis and Priscilla Kibler, Sandra Kingsbury in memory of H.Thayer Kingsbury, Charlton & Diana MacVeagh, Jane Reynolds, James & Eleanore Smart, Katherine Snow & Paul Ledell, Rosanne Snow, Russell O. Starkey & Audrey Starkey, Roger & Ann Sweet, Robert and Joanne Webster, Peter & Martha Wright

History Buff Level ($1 – $499)
Shirley P. Anderson, Richard & Louise Baker, Phillip R. Bastedo, Catherine & Frank Behrens, Eleanor P. Blake,
Dr. I. Tucker Burr, Dorothy Carrien, Charter Trust Company, Harriet D. Chapman, Julie Dickson & Jay Smeltz, Mary Delisle and George Foskett, Jay and Toni Dinkel Jr., Alicia Drakiotes, Marie Duggan, Dorothy Farnan, Fenton Family Dealerships, Alice B. Foster, Mike and Janet George, F.H. Hamblet, LLC, Sarah Handford, Susan Hansel, John Harper, John & Susan Harris, Joanne M. Hayward, Mark & Meloney Hayward, Paul & Susan Henkel, Susan Hunt, Peter & Jean Jeffries, Connie Joyce, Marcia Kayser, Keene Monument Company, Steve & Joan Ames in memory of Forrest & Hester Ames, Alex & Coleen Kossakoski, Meg Kupiec and Wayne Miller, Ladies Charitable Society, Susan Landers-Gilbert in memory of Charlotte & Charles Perry, Laura & Anthony Labounty, Bill & Shari LaPierre, David & Patricia Leinster, William & Barbara Lindsey, Carol Littleton, Aaron Lipsky, Anne-Marie Mallon,n Hayden E. McClure, John & Susan McGinnis, William & Nancy McGhee, Nancy Mellish, Mary & Michael Meyer, Monadnock Garden Club, Christopher Nelson, James & Ann Robinson, Kathryn & Stephen Schnyer, Greg & Patti Seymour, James Shanks, Jane & Gary Shapiro, Earle H. Staples, Jr., Mrs. Jeanne M. Sy, Cameron Tease and Dixie Gurian, Elizabeth Tilton, Karen & Barry Tolman, Newell & Cheryl Tolman, Alei Verdi, Paul & Nancy Vincent, Pam Walton, Christine Weeks in memory of Kip Weeks, Weller & Michal Architects Inc., David and Cynthia Westover,
Gareth R. Williams & Earl K. Anderson, Fawn Woudenberg, Joseph & Lorraine Youngs

Campaign Update

What does a Cultural Heritage Center mean to Cheshire County?
Imagine a place where people gather as a community to explore their past, their present and dream of the future. A place where people of all ages participate in history, art, music, traditional crafts, games, performances, festivals, and more. A place where people can immerse themselves in history, memories, traditions, and stories. A place where history and culture come alive. In 2012, the Historical Society of Cheshire County Staff and Board of Trustees recognized the need for such a place in Cheshire County. In 2014, the Society launched its capital campaign: “ Investing in Our History, Enhancing Our Future”; due to generous donations we have received 2.1 million dollars, we only have $293,000 to go to make this vision a reality. You can help us reach that goal by making a donation or pledge to the campaign today.

Your donations are already hard at work, the following work has begun because of your generosity.
At the Wyman Tavern Museum progress has been made: roofing, painting, windows, masonry, plumbing and heating, carpentry, electrical and a lift has been installed to allow handicap accessibility to the first floor.

More work to be done:
Ball Mansion: Provide better visitor experiences by redesigning exhibit space and gift shop, installing Cheshire County history exhibit, and completing technology upgrades. Preserve the building for future generations through repairs to the roof, masonry, exterior trim, interiors, heating and electrical.

Wyman Tavern Welcome Center:
Purchase and renovate the historic brick building adjacent to the Wyman Tavern to provide handicap accessibility, space for educational programs, cooking facilities, museum shop, restrooms, additional parking, and collection storage. This will allow us to greatly expand programs at the Wyman Tavern without compromising it’s architectural or historical integrity.
21% of the campaign will go to the endowment for future maintenance of our facilities.

How do we serve our community?
The Historical Society promotes an understanding and appreciation of Cheshire County’s cultural heritage through collections, exhibits, and more than 150 educational programs each year. These resources, events and hands–on activities engage and inspire people to explore history’s impact on their lives. Last year more than 8,500 people attended our activities, exhibits or engaged in research using the collections, including 1500 children and 462 teenagers. In addition to traditional classes and lectures, participants attend summer camps, tell stories, take hikes, play, dance, cook, create traditional crafts, and participate in pop-up exhibits. The Society is developing educational experiences that provide relevance, sense of place, and civic engagement. We encourage you to join us and “find your place in history.”

 

Buy A Brick Campaign

Investing in Our History, Enhancing Our Future:Buy a brick campaign

Investing in Our History, Enhancing Our Future”, the capital campaign of the Historical Society of Cheshire County, will result in the creation of a cultural heritage center at the historic Wyman Tavern in Keene, NH. Here people gather to explore their past, their present, and dream of the future, just as they did in 1775 when they gathered at the Tavern and chose to march toward Lexington at the outbreak of the Revolutionary War. The Wyman Tavern Welcome Center will be located adjacent to the Tavern, which is owned and operated by the Historical Society of Cheshire County. Built by Captain Isaac Wyman in 1762, the Wyman Tavern is one of the most historic buildings in Cheshire County and is one of the oldest surviving houses in southwestern New Hampshire.

Support the capital campaign when you buy a brick. It will then be installed on the grounds of the cultural heritage center. Honor your family, friends or a historic figure for generations to come.

The engraved brick campaign will help the Society
preserve the past while building a path to the future.

Each brick purchased will help to construct a new patio at the welcome center.
The bricks are priced as follows:
4″x 8″ $100.00 with 3 lines of text, up to 21 characters per line
8″x 8″ $200.00 with 6 lines of text, up to 21 characters per line

Purchase your brick today.  Click Here

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