To the Editor:

On behalf of the Historical Society of Cheshire County, I would like to express my gratitude to all those in the community who made our Auction of Historic Proportions a success. Many people donated their time and talents for the Historical Society’s biggest fundraising event of the year. We deeply appreciate the generous donation by John C. Traynor from West Swanzey of a spectacular oil painting of Mount Monadnock for our grand raffle. And Charlie Cobb of Cobbs Auctioneers in Peterborough did a great job as always. Delicious hors d’ouevres were provided by Marsha Dubois of Kristin’s Bistro and Bakery, Dan Dodge and Keene Country Club, Linda Stavely, Lois Goodhue, and “the Cookie Ladies.” Music by the 20th Century Pops put smiles on everybody’s faces – with Mike Wakefield on reeds, Brian Gill on drums, Mark Polifrone on piano, and Carl Jacobs on bass.

Many thanks to our auction sponsors: Budget Blinds, C&S Wholesale Grocers, Fairgrounds Antiques, Frazier and Son Furniture, Carl Gravina, Hamblet Electric, Sarah Handford, In the Company of Flowers, Ingram Construction Corporation, Susan Landers-Gilbert, The Melanson Company, Monadnock Capital Group, Our Town Landscaping, People’s Linens, and Poodiack Wealth Management Group.

I would like to acknowledge the hard work of our Auction Committee: Andrea Cheeney, Sydney Croteau-Frechette, David Frechette, Kathy Halverson, Vesta Hornbeck, Alan Rumrill, Dave Sutherland, and Rick Swanson. And we are indebted to Susan Landers-Gilbert for all she has done in past years to keep the auction going. Thanks also to Medora Hebert, Fletcher Funeral Home, Louise Zerba, the Interact Program Students from Keene High, Carolyn Edwards, Mary Schofield, Dave Borden, and Michael Benik.

It is with great pride that we present the Auction of Historic Proportions each year because it raises money for the Historical Society of Cheshire County, which provides 150 programs per year to help people find their place in history.

Jane Lane, Chairperson for the 2017 Auction of Historic Proportions


Thank you to our many sponsors for your continued support!

C&S Wholesale GrocersKristin’s Bistro & Bakery, In the Company of FlowersPeople’s LinenThe Melanson Company, 

Indian King Framery Fairgrounds AntiquesFrazier & Son FurnitureCobb Auctioneers,

Poodiack Wealth Management, Carl Gravina of Monadnock Capital Group,  Fred H. Hamblet, Susan Landers-Gilbert, Sarah Handford,  Ourtown Landscaping, Inc., Carlisle Wide Plank Flooring and Ingram Construction Corporation.

Thank you to Linda Stavely, Marsha Dubois, Carolyn Edwards, Keene Country Club and the Cookie Ladies for their delicious treats and yummy appetizers.