The Nashua Historical Society
Preserving the Past for the Future



The Nashua Historical Society will be closed on the following days in observance of these holidays.

Holiday Calendar 2018

January 1 - New Year's Day observed (Monday)
January 15 - Civil Rights/Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Monday)
February 19 - Presidents Day (Monday)
May 28 - Memorial Day (Monday)
July 4 - Independence Day (Wednesday)
September 3 - Labor Day (Monday)
November 11 - Veterans Day (Sunday)
November 22 - Thanksgiving Day (Thursday)
November 23 - Thanksgiving Friday (Friday)
December 25 - Christmas Day (Tuesday)

2018 Upcoming Fall Events


Speare Museum Changing Exhibit Case - located just inside the Speare's front entrance.
The current exhibit in the display cases in the main entrance is Mom's Aprons loaned to us by David Pinet. Dave has provided a number of lovely aprons that his mother used to wear. The aprons are for everyday use and special aprons for holidays and special occasions. In the 1940's and 1950's, aprons were not just for protecting a woman's clothing. They had a myriad of uses including as a potholder for removing hot pans from the oven. They dried children's tears. They were used for carrying eggs into the kitchen or half-hatched eggs to the warming oven. When unexpected company drove up the road, it could dust a house in a matter of seconds. Please stop by to see these colorful aprons and to learn more about how they were used.

Tuesday, September 18, at 7:30 p.m. Restoration of the American Chestnut Tree
Join Wildlife Biologist, Curt Laffin, as he discusses the history, demise, and restoration of the American chestnut tree that once dominated eastern U.S. forests. This magnificent and valuable resource was almost lost due to an imported disease, chestnut blight. Now the American Chestnut Foundation may be on the verge of restoring it locally and throughout its historic range. For more information on the American Chestnut Foundation, please go to
Free and open to the public.

June Caron Photograph Identification Day, Saturday, October 13 and Sunday, October 14.
The Nashua Historical Society is happy to be participating in Art Walk 2018 as Nashua celebrates local arts. This year we will be holding a June Caron Photo Identification Day for photographs she collected between 1967 and 1999 when she worked at Nashua Parks and Recreation Department a division of Public Works. We will be seeking the assistance of the Nashua public to identify people in the photos as well as the events such as planting ceremonies, playgrounds, playground equipment, etc. In addition to the photographs, June Caron's scrapbooks from that time will also be on display. In addition to the photo identification, the Abbot-Spalding House Museum and Speare Memorial Museum will be open for tours from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 13 and noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, October 14.

Tuesday, October 16, 7:30 p.m. Researching your French-Canadian Ancestors
The basics of French-Canadian genealogy research will be explored by Muriel Normand and Gerry Savard from the American-Canadian Genealogical Society. They will provide a brief overview of the research tools and techniques peculiar to French-Canadian research. As well as introduce you to the wealth of resources at the American-Canadian Genealogical Society that can help you trace your ancestry.
Free and open to the public. 

Saturday, November 10, at 2:00 p.m. That Reminds Me of a Story
Stories speak to us of community. They hold our history and reflect our identity. Rebecca Rule has made it her mission over the last 20 years to collect stories of New Hampshire, especially those that reflect what's special about this rocky old place. She'll tell some of those stories - her favorites are the funny ones - and invite audience members to contribute a few stories of their own.
This program is free and open to the public through a grant from the NH Humanities' Humanities to Go! Speaker's Bureau.

All programs are presented at
The Nashua Historical Society, 5 Abbott Street, Nashua, New Hampshire.

For more information please email:, call 603-883-0015 or visit our

Visit The Nashua Historical Society's changing exhibit at Nashua's City Hall.
The current exhibit is a history of some long-time Amherst Street businesses
with pictures of the present and the past.