Programs and Events
The Lisbon Area Historical Society conducts programs and events in furtherance of the Society's commitment to inform and educate the public concerning the history of the Towns of Lisbon, Landaff and Lyman as well as the surrounding White Mountains region.
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250th Anniversaries of Lyman, Lisbon & Landaff
Our three towns were chartered by the Governor of the New Hampshire colony in the following years: Lyman - 1761, Lisbon - 1763, and Landaff - 1764. On September 11, 2011, the Society participated in the Town of Lyman’s 250th Anniversary Celebration by promoting the area's rich heritage, making available local history books, and sharing information concerning membership in the Society. It is expected that Lisbon and Landaff will also schedule special events as their 250th anniversaries approach.
Learn more about the LISBON 250th CELEBRATION planned for Saturday, August 10, 2013
Cemetery Walk at Salmon Hole Cemetery
During the September 2011 Lisbon Fall Festival of the Arts celebration, the Society hosted a Cemetery Walk at Salmon Hole Cemetery, the resting place of many of the area’s earliest settlers, including French and Indian War and Revolutionary War veteran, Major Benjamin Whitcomb is buried. Early settlers portrayed during the Cemetery Walk were Ruth Sherman (1797-1875), Civil War veteran Benera Sherman (1834-1899), Lydia Morse (1805-1850), Sally Ticknor Bishop b. 1749, and Mary Webster Emery (1767-1831).
Other Recent Programs
Society programs have included storyteller and humorist Rebecca Rule; early American music provided by Jeff Warner; an antiques appraisal event; a talk by Libby Payne on the history of the Ogontz White Mountain Camp for Girls, old-time fidder John MacIver, Dick Hamilton, President of the Old Man of the Mountain Restoration Fund, and a very informative presentation by representatives of the New Hampshire Fish & Game Coverts Project on the considerable changes in the make-up of wild animal populations and plant life in the region over the past three centuries.
Painted Curtain Restoration Project
Working closely with the Town of Lyman, the Society has recently rescued a c.1930 painted curtain and plans to seek grant funding for its restoration.
Local History Displays
The Society also puts on public displays of photos, documents and other objects from the Society's growing collection of historical materials. During a recent Fall Festival For The Arts, we presented at the Historic Lisbon Railroad Station & Museum an exhibit about S. D. Morgan, a prolific Lisbon architect of fine homes and White Mountain Resorts. Another special event there during the 2012 Lilac Time celebration was a display of "Lisbon Then and Now" photographs. In addition, the Society continues to display in the Railroad Station a rotating exhibit of interesting historical items from the Society's Collections.
An architectural fun facts hunt was held during the 2010 Lisbon Regional School Alumni Reunion.