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 2019

January 1 - New Year's Day observed (Tuesday)
January 21 - Civil Rights/Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Monday)
February 18 - Presidents Day (Monday)
May 27 - Memorial Day (Monday)
July 4 - Independence Day (Thursday)
September 2 - Labor Day (Monday)
November 11 - Veterans Day (Monday)
November 28 - Thanksgiving Day (Thursday)
November 29 - Thanksgiving Friday (Friday)
December 25 - Christmas Day (Wednesday)

2019 Upcoming Fall Events
These programs are free and open to the public.

Saturday, September 28, at 2:00 p.m. to 4;00 p.m. Frank R. Mooney Nashua Tool Exhibit.
Frank R. Mooney is a lifelong resident of Nashua and an avid collector of Nashua memorabilia. The Nashua Historical Society is the fortunate recipient of his vast tool collection. In addition to being able to see this collection for the first time, Philip C. Lowe, the owner and director of the Furniture Institute of Massachusetts, will share his knowledge of the tools and demonstrate how they were used.
Philip has been involved with woodworking since 1968. In 2005 Phil received the Cartouche Award, the highest honor bestowed by the Society of American Period Furniture Makers, and was also was chosen in 2010 for the “Artisanship Award” bestowed by the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art.
We will also have “touch a tool” table so you can experience some of the tools for yourself.

Tuesday, October 15, at 7:30 p.m. The Yankee Peddler in Early America
From the mid-1600s in New England to the rise of the automobile after WWI, peddlers were a major factor in getting items to remote locations. First travelling with backpacks, later with carts, and finally with large wagons, the peddler not only brought needed goods to the frontier, but served as a source of news and brought back information on what locations were good ones for people on the move to select as a new home.
There were general peddlers and many who specialized, including tailors, cobblers, artists, etc. The presentation will include where they went, how they travelled, how were they paid, who became a peddler, where did they stay while on the road, how were they viewed, what ended most peddling, and more! Cal Knickerbocker will present this interesting program.

Art Walk Activities Saturday, October 19 and Sunday, October 20.
On Saturday, October 19
The Speare Museum and the Abbot-Spalding House will be open for tours from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Also, on Saturday, October 19, the Speare Museum will be holding our first Artisan Craft Fair!
These crafters will have some unique items for your consideration. The craft fair will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
On Sunday, October 20 at 2 p.m.
NHS will be hosting author Marianne O’Connor as she celebrates the 10 th anniversary of her book, Haunted Hikes of New Hampshire with a second edition! Marianne will give an hour-long presentation of her favorite stories.
This program is for adults and older children. Books will be available for purchase and to be signed.

Saturday, November 9, at 2:00 p.m. Vanished Veterans – NH’s Civil War Monuments and Memorials
New Hampshire towns did not erect monuments to prior wars, but the emotional and family toll, unprecedented in American history, drove the decision to honor our local soldiers and sailors of the War of Rebellion. From Seabrook to Colebrook, Berlin to Hinsdale, along Main Streets and 19th-century dirt roads, in city parks and on town greens, in libraries and town halls, and in cemeteries prominent and obscure, George Morrison will present how he located, inventoried, and photographed the fascinating variety of New Hampshire’s Civil War memorials.
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

Please visit The Nashua Historical Society’s changing exhibit case at
Nashua’s City Hall. The current exhibit is a history of the Pheasant Lane Mall.