Harvey’s Heritage Award

Harvey Tolman’s influence on local musicians, his recordings and compositions, and his regular appearances at the Monday night Nelson contra dance have all magically combined to help spread the compelling dance music of Cape Breton throughout the region and well beyond, across the country. It was indeed an occasion for great rejoicing when Harvey was honored by being selected to receive the Governors Arts Awards “New Hampshire Folk Heritage Award” in 2007. The Folk Heritage Award was presented to Harvey by the N.H. State Council on the Arts on April 24, 2008, before an enthusiastic audience at the Colonial Theater in Keene.

The Council on the Arts had contacted me in the fall of 2007, asking if I’d be interested in creating a work of art that could be presented to Harvey at the awards ceremony in the spring of 2008. I was deeply honored and thrilled to be given this opportunity to help honor Harvey, who I’ve known for many years. I’ve enjoyed dancing to Harvey’s music, and visiting him to listen to and play tunes. (click on the image to see a larger rendering) Read more

Eighteen Feet Square and Seven Feet Stud

“Know all men by these presents, that I Samuel Shadwick of Newton in the County of Middlesex and Province of the Massachusetts Bay housewright am holden and stand firmly bound and obliged unto William Dudley of Roxbury, [there follows 10 additional names] … all of the Province aforesaid, in the full and just sum of forty pounds, to be paid to the said Dudley [and the 10 others] … a committee for the admitting settlers into the line of towns so called … which payment well and faithfully to be made I bind my self, my heirs, executors and administrators firmly by these presents. Sealed with my seal. Dated this seventh day of December 1736.”

Why was Samuel Shattuck pledging to pay members of a committee overseeing the settlement of new towns the sum of £40, equivalent in today’s economy to about $1,875? Read more

Holiday Open House at the Horatio Colony Museum

The Horatio Colony House Museum is hosting the annual Holiday Open House. The first floor of the museum, including the Library, Parlor, Music Room and Dinging Room, will be festooned with traditional seasonal decorations giving an air of holidays from long ago.

To add whimsy for the children, images of animals from the museum’s collection will also be on display.

The Holiday Open House is scheduled for Friday evening, December 5th  from 7:00 to 8:30 PM.  The museum will be lit with candles for the Friday evening program.

Friday evening is also the tree lighting ceremony on Central Square so “join in the spirit of the season” and take in these two Holiday events.

The Holiday Open House will also be held on Saturday, December 6th  from 1:00 to 2:30 PM.

Admission is free and cookies and cider will be available.

Please park in Saint Bernard’s Church parking lot next to the museum.

The Horatio Colony House Museum is located at 199 Main Street in Keene, New Hampshire.  The museum, a stately 1806 Federal style house, was Horatio Colony’s family home for three generations.  This old-time New England home is filled with original family furnishings and fabulous collections, which offer a gracious view of a vanishing lifestyle of culture, refinement and travel.

For information call 603 352-0460.

Holiday Open House at the Horatio Colony Museum

The Horatio Colony House Museum is hosting the annual Holiday Open House. The first floor of the museum, including the Library, Parlor, Music Room and Dinging Room, will be festooned with traditional seasonal decorations giving an air of holidays from long ago.

To add whimsy for the children, images of animals from the museum’s collection will also be on display.
The Holiday Open House is scheduled for Friday evening, December 5th  from 7:00 to 8:30 PM.  The museum will be lit with candles for the Friday evening program.

Friday evening is also the tree lighting ceremony on Central Square so “join in the spirit of the season” and take in these two Holiday events.

The Holiday Open House will also be held on Saturday, December 6th  from 1:00 to 2:30 PM.

Admission is free and cookies and cider will be available.
Please park in Saint Bernard’s Church parking lot next to the museum.
The Horatio Colony House Museum is located at 199 Main Street in Keene, New Hampshire.  The museum, a stately 1806 Federal style house, was Horatio Colony’s family home for three generations.  This old-time New England home is filled with original family furnishings and fabulous collections, which offer a gracious view of a vanishing lifestyle of culture, refinement and travel.
For information call 603 352-0460.