The Nashua Historical Society
Preserving the Past for the Future



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Florence Speare Wedding Dress
Florence Hyde Speare was the wife of Sceva Speare, owner and operator of the Speare's Dry Goods Store on Main Street from 1917 to 1964. Sceva was a member of the Nashua Historical Society and his partnership and generosity were selfless. His request was that our museum building be named in her honor, the Florence H. Speare Memorial. When Sceva Speare and Florence Hyde were married it must have been a grand celebration, and we are fortunate to be in possession of her wedding dress that marked that special day. Clothing, and textiles in general, are extremely fragile without proper care and storage and the condition of this dress is no exception. We hope to repair its beadwork, lace, surface staining,
and fabric deterioration.
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Lund-Ingalls Points of Interest Map
The pairing of Charles H.Lund and Frank M. Ingalls certainly made for a good partnership back in the early 1930s. They came together to create a map and a photo index book that described many of the historical Points of Interest throughout Nashua. Charles Lund did the research and the writing. Frank Ingalls drew the map by hand, as well as photographed each location for inclusion in a bound index book. This map, drawn on white linen with black india ink, is one that was given to the Historical Society.
We need to remove it from its present setting of frame, glass, mat and backing and have it properly restored using acid-free and archival materials so as to ensure its preservation. The book compiled by Lund and Ingalls that was mentioned earlier is also part of the collection of the Nashua Historical Socisety. It is one of only three index books that were made to accompany the map.
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Sanborn Insurance Co. Map Books
The Historical Society owns two similar copies of the Sanborn Insurance Co map books of Nashua, N.H. Although they are essentially the same, each 82-page book has its own set of preservation needs. These map books show the center city of Nashua, its streets, buildings, and residences, along with structure heights, building materials and exposures. City departments used them for insurance purposes to locate areas of interest for the clerks, assessors, public works and fire service. The books were originally published in 1912 and have been updated by a "cut and paste" method up to 1941. They are a great resource for finding where a house or business used to be located as well as the changes made to city streets and neighborhoods.
Book 1: $7,800.00
Book 2: $7,675.00
 A donation of any amount may be made toward this book.
To donate please mail to Nashua Historical Society, 5 Abbott Street, Nashua, NH 03064

Civil War Field Drum
Willard A. Cummings was just a small boy when his family moved to Nashua around 1858. After the Civil War broke out, he ran away to join the Union Army as a drummer boy. After spending a few months with the troops, the Union officers in charge discovered that he was under age and sent him on his way back home. His rope-tension field drum has survived these many years, and today it looks as if it's been through a war. Young Willard grew up to become a successful and well know music instructor in Nashua as well as the director and conductor of his own orchestra, in which he also played an instrument. Willard Cummings and his family lived in Nashua until his death around 1926.
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