The Nashua Historical Society
Preserving the Past for the Future



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Anna Stearns Bathing Suit
The Stearns family, Henry and Jessie and their daughter Anna, lived in Nashua at 27 Orange Street. Anna was an only child and we are fortunate to have many of her belongings in our Collection. Anna graduated from Nashua High School in 1907 and around that time probably donned this stunning swimsuit and took off with friends to a local swimming hole or maybe even
to Hampton Beach.
A knee-length black cotton swimsuit with a wide sailor collar and piping doesn't sound very appealing in hot weather, but the women of that day were just glad to get the opportunity to cool off.

Abbot-Spalding House Looking Glass
When the Nashua Historical Society purchased the Abbot-Spalding House, this mirror was hanging on the wall in Daniel Abbot's bedroom. It is a mahogany looking-glass from the late 1790s to early 1800s, with side swags, decorative gilding and pediment scrolls. This piece is extremely fragile and we keep it packed away and out of sight so as not to let it degrade any further. This dark mahogany wood mirror is a fine example of the beauty of early American craftsmanship. The goal of preservation is to once again hang it in the Abbot-Spalding House.
This mirror is well suited for a business level adoption.

A Matthew Thornton Spinning Wheel and a Horizontal Spindle Spinning Wheel
Because of the universal need to turn natural fibers into yarn, every culture developed some type of spinning wheel for that purpose. The yarn was then woven into cloth and we could probably speculate that this may have been the beginning of the fashion industry. We have two spinning wheels in our collection. A large one, shown at right, is a horizontal spindle wheel and dates from the early 19th century. Many of its original parts are missing. This wheel was used to spin cotton and wool fibers.
The smaller of the two, on display upstairs, is an American flax wheel that orginally came from the Matthew Thornton House in Merrimack and was donated to the Society by the Matthew Thornton Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. We have all of its original parts but it needs to be professionally reassembled. Both spinning wheels need repair and a good cleaning to remove paint and grime.
To be determined.

Donation to Grounds Committee
Triangular manhole covers are singularly unique to Nashua, although an unconfirmed source cites there may be a city in the Far East that possibly has them. The triangle design was introduced in 1919 when Mr. Walter Ellis of Nashua Foundries, Inc. made the pattern and the mold to accompany it. His idea was that three points means stability, as in no clanging covers to keep people awake at night. The Historical Society already owns a few of the triangle designs that
were made over the years and eventually, we hope to collect a complete set. Within the next year we'd like to begin to create an outdoor display with signage. Donations to the Society's Grounds Committee will be used for the purchase of the materials needed to complete this unique manhole cover display. $100.____$100.___$100.___$100.___$100___$100___

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