THC News

Two New Exhibits for Summer 2017

Barnstormers exhibit

Photos – Genealogies – Books – Hats – Audiovisuals

Early Days at The Barnstormers
Its founding by Francis Cleveland – Well-known actors who started here.
Programs – posters.
Curated by Anne & Bill Batchelder, Marion Posner and Liz Smith Dedicated to Betty Steele

Leaving exhibit

Leaving and Coming Back:
Stories of family and love of Tamworth from the descendants of Dr. Joseph Boyden.
Curated by Rebecca Boyden
Dedicated to Joan Casarotto

Main Street & Great Hill Road Tamworth Village
Open Wed., Sat. and Sun., 11-3
And evening hours starting in July Or by appointment: 323-7762
Suggested donation $2 per person, $5 family. Members free.

New England Quilts and the Stories They Tell – May 24

Quilts

CML announces: “New England Quilts and the Stories They Tell”, Wednesday 5/24 at 7:00 pm, a NH Humanities program co-sponsored by Cook Library and Tamworth History Center.  New England Quilt Museum curator Pam Weeks will weave world history, women’s history, industrial history and just plain wonderful stories into her presentation about quilts. Participants are invited to bring one quilt for identification and/or story sharing.

Work Continues on House

Check out our beautiful front doorway, facing the Green! Langdon Ambrose recently rebuilt the sill and all the lower part of the trim. In the fall, Lang and Jeannie Chester will complete the restoration of the door itself and the fanlight.

Our new handicapped ramp in the back of the building is complete, thanks to Capstone HomeServices. Please come and try it out!

And a crew of hardy volunteers from Great Hill Road is in the process of scraping, priming and painting the east side of the building. It will be a great joy to finally see fresh paint there! Thanks to Kent Hemingway for spearheading this project, and to historic paint expert Jeannie Chester for her advisory role.

Renovation begins at the Hall-Dyer House!

Renovations began October 7, 2017 at the historic Hall-Dyer House in Tamworth Village. Ned Coville of Chinook Contracting, Moultonborough, is the contractor for this first phase of the project, which will secure the foundation, strengthen the frame, and initiate a thermal envelope. It’s THC’s achieved its goal opening for the celebration of Tamworth’s 250th anniversary in 2016.

When completed, the Tamworth History Center will draw on its collection of over 8000 items. The Center will tell stories of Tamworth and bring the town’s unique history to life through the use of technology and participatory activities. Meanwhile THC will also expand its collaborative programming in the community. To reflect this more contemporary and inclusive approach, The Tamworth Historical Society, founded in 1952, recently changed its name to The Tamworth History Center.

The Hall-Dyer House has significant historical value. A unique mix of Federal and Greek Revival styles, it qualifies for listing in both the NH Register of Historic Homes and the National Register of Historic Places. The renovation will follow the Secretary of the Interior’s Guidelines for Historic Buildings to preserve ‘character-defining’ features, while creating a flexible, ADA-compliant, technology-friendly and energy-efficient interior. The project will comprise three phases of work over three years. The total cost is estimated at $467,000.

THC is grateful for two grants of $10,000 each towards the project, from the Tamworth Foundation and the Ham Foundation of North Conway, and invites contributions from the community. The Tamworth History Center will provide a valuable new cultural and educational resource for Tamworth Village, the town and the region.