Past Exhibits

Toys

Toys

November 6, 2019- April 18, 2020 Toys: The Story of Toy Manufacturing in the Central Connecticut River Valley examines the development of the toy industry to reveal the technological innovations of its residents, the history of childhood play theory in America,...

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Identity and Race in 1940s Keene

Identity and Race in 1940s Keene

January-April, 2019 The story of a radiologist who, after years living as a white person in New Hampshire, including in Keene, tries to join the military during World War II but is rejected after being designated an African-American, is the subject of a local...

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Regenerating Fragments

Regenerating Fragments

November 2, 2018-January 2019 Regenerating Fragments was a show of quilts by fiber artist Anne Francisco. Francisco creates dynamic quilts from discarded fragments. Her subjects are dragons, spirals, geometric whirls, simple shapes and complex grids. Her designs are...

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Hear and Now

Hear and Now

October 2018 The Historical Society of Cheshire County co-curated this pop up exhibit with Keene Community Education’s English as a Second Language classes for the festival. Hear and Now is a multicultural exhibit based on oral histories conducted with and by 15...

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Marketing Monadnock

Marketing Monadnock

February 9- May 5, 2018 “Marketing Monadnock,” illustrates the role Mount Monadnock has had throughout this region and beyond by showing how often it’s been used on marketing materials throughout history. Many artists and authors have focused on the mountain’s beauty...

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All Around Monadnock

All Around Monadnock

June- September, 2018 ​In the Historical Society's art exhibit, All Around Monadnock: The Character and Heritage of the Monadnock Region, over 50 artists submitted artworks to celebrate the natural beauty and cultural heritage of the Monadnock region of New...

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Martha Willson’s Diary

Martha Willson’s Diary

January 25- April 21, 2017 Martha Willson's Diary Exhibit was created as a youth-curated project in collaboration with Keene High School’s advanced placement U.S. history class. In May 2017, students transcribed the 1850 diary of teenager Martha Willson of Keene to...

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Peddlers, Shopkeepers and Professionals

Peddlers, Shopkeepers and Professionals

January 25- April 21, 2017 In connection with the 100th anniversary of Keene’s Congregation Ahavas Achim, the exhibit “From Peddlers to Shopkeepers to Professionals: A History of the Jewish Community in Cheshire County” told the story of Jewish immigrants to Keene and...

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Albert Duvall Quigley

Albert Duvall Quigley

January 25- April 21, 2017 Albert Quigley lived in the small New Hampshire hill town of Nelson for almost three decades, from the 1930s to the 1960s. Towns such as Nelson were struggling to survive as the Depression caused economic hardship, agriculture and industry...

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Monadnock Memories, a teen perspective.

Monadnock Memories, a teen perspective.

October 3-October 7, 2016 In the spring of 2016, students in Keene High School’s AP US History, American Studies, and Public Speaking classes collaborated with the Historical Society of Cheshire County, thanks to a Keene Academy Fund grant, to interview approximately...

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Gnomes vs. Flamingos: A Brief History of Lawn Ornamentation

Gnomes vs. Flamingos: A Brief History of Lawn Ornamentation

July 1, 2016- September 9, 2016 In a salute to our decorative impulses, the Historical Society of Cheshire County presents a showcase of lawn art from the late 19th century through today. The “Gnomes vs. Flamingos” exhibit features approximately 120 individual pieces...

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Icons of the Civil Rights Movement

Icons of the Civil Rights Movement

April 10, 2015-May 10, 2015 Icons of the Civil Rights Movement, commemorating those who played roles in the history of the Civil Rights Movement in America. Pamela Chatterton-Purdy’s artwork depicts thirty iconic figures of the Civil Rights Movement in gilded wooden...

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An End to Innocence: Cheshire County in the Civil War

An End to Innocence: Cheshire County in the Civil War

December 6, 2014-March 27, 2015 In Cheshire County 150 years ago men went off to fight a war in their own country to preserve the union. Many came back with gruesome wounds or in coffins, and many never returned to the difficult farmland of New Hampshire. [more info]...

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Quenching Our Thirst: Archaeology at the Wyman Tavern

Quenching Our Thirst: Archaeology at the Wyman Tavern

October 8, 2014- November 8, 2014 What makes people of varied backgrounds come together to participate in an archaeological excavation?  That’s something that the Historical Society of Cheshire County is asking its student volunteers. Two students, Cole Tollett and...

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Canvassing the White Mountains: Icons of Place

Canvassing the White Mountains: Icons of Place

June 21, 2014- September 12, 2014 Showcasing important works by nineteenth and early twentieth century painters of New Hampshire’s White Mountains and Mount Monadnock, “Canvassing the White Mountains: Icons of Place” tells how the work of the artists impacted the...

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Upcoming Events

  1. Votes for Women: A History of Women’s Suffrage

    August 12 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  2. Documentary The Vote

    August 26
  3. Quack or fact?

    September 2 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  4. Sister Societies presentation by Beth Solerno

    September 9 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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