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24-hours to celebrate giving across New Hampshire June 11-12, 2019
June 11 @ 6:00 am - June 12 @ 6:00 pm
The Historical Society of Cheshire County puts on 150 programs per year to help people of all ages “find their place in history,”
On June 1, the Historical Society celebrated the opening of our newest facility, the Bruder House, a 2 1/2-story Greek Revival-style brick farmhouse that was built in 1839. The Bruder House is located next door to our period house museum, the Wyman Tavern (1762). As part of a $2.4 million capital campaign to expand and improve our facilities, extensive renovations were done to the Bruder House to transform it into a modern education, presentation, and visitor center.
In the spirit of what’s called adaptive reuse, the Bruder House is now outfitted with a lecture room, a warming kitchen, handicap accessibility, a covered porch overlooking the grounds of the Wyman Tavern, and an outdoor brick oven. The newly renovated Bruder House is now coupled with the Wyman Tavern next door to create a campus where history and culture can be shared with local residents and visitors to the region.
But our work is not yet complete. The Historical Society of Cheshire County needs to raise an additional $37,000 to fund the construction of a timber-frame pavilion to connect with the hearth cooking area outside the Bruder House.
The pavilion will be a place where about 25 people can gather, outside but sheltered from the elements. It will be designed by Bensonwood, a company based in Walpole, New Hampshire that is reviving the ancient craft of timber framing for contemporary homes using modern tools and methods.
The pavilion will support events and programs of the Historical Society where people can learn about the region’s heritage and be surrounded by its history. For example, programs about 18th century cooking will use the hearth for demonstrations of cooking breads and soups, and 18th century summer camps will use the space for activities.
In-kind donations of labor and materials worth $13,000 have already been received from Bensonwood, Ingram Construction, and the Melanson Company, and a grant has been received from the Kingsbury Fund. This leaves us with a fundraising goal of $37,000. With your help, we can “get it covered.”