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)

Upcoming Spring Events 2018

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, March 20, at 7:30 p.m. - New England Lighthouses and the People Who Kept Them
Everyone knows there's "something about lighthouses" that gives them broad appeal, but their vital role in our history and culture is little appreciated. Our early nation was built on maritime economy, and lighthouses were part of the system that made that possible. Due to automation, traditional lighthouse keeping is a way of life that has faded into the past. Jeremy D'Entremont tells the history of New England's historic and picturesque lighthouses primarily focusing on the colorful and dramatic stories of lighthouse keepers and their families.
Free and open to the public through a grant from the NH Humanities' Humanities to Go! Speaker's Bureau.

Tuesday, April 17, at 7:30 p.m. - Searching for Barton Carter
Nancy Clough spent seven years researching her ancestor, Barton Carter. This presentation will focus on the heroic life of Barton Carter, who turned away from a future laid out for him to fight against Fascism in the Spanish Civil War and disappeared in that fight when he was only 23 years old. Barton's work with Catalonian orphans is still having an impact in third-world countries today. Nancy will also touch on the history of the Carter family from their arrival in the Nashua area and the continuing growth under their leadership of Nashua Corporation on Franklin Street.
Free and open to the public

Saturday, May 19, from 8 a.m. to 12 noon - Nashua Garden Club Annual Plant Sale
Nashua Garden Club members have worked diligently to divide their favorite perennials and to grow vegetable plants from seed. There will also be annuals, bulbs, herbs and indoor plants. Savvy gardeners know to come early for the best selection! Garden club members will be on hand to answer your questions.

Also on Saturday, May 19, at 10 a.m. - Tree Dedication
We are going to have the privilege of dedicating a tulip tree in memory of Frank H. Mellen and Marvis J. Mellen for all of their devotion to the mission of The Nashua Historical Society. This tulip tree has been donated by Gate City Tree Service.

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

Free and open to the public.
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.