2014 ANNUAL REPORT

The New London Town Archives serves as the repository for town records and other materials documenting the history of New London, New Hampshire. Its mission is to collect records and materials related to the government, landscape, events, and people of New London; to preserve, organize, and provide access to the collection; to compile and publish town histories; and to assist the town in preserving historical resources. Located in the Old Academy Building, the Archives occupies over 1,000 square feet, accommodating research, conservation, and materials storage.

This past year saw collaborations with the New London Historical Society and with Colby- Sawyer College. Archives volunteers researched and drafted scripts for a living history tour at the Historical Society’s Old New London Village. This successful event was held in late September. Earlier in the year we worked with Colby-Sawyer students on developing local history tour maps and accompanying web sites, which we hope to finalize and make publicly available in 2015.

Ten donors contributed new materials to our collection, which has expanded considerably in the past few years. We have received a surprising number of items from the early 1800s through mid-1900s that are still surfacing in the attics of long-time New London families. In order to accommodate that growth, we have recently increased the shelf storage capacity of our annex.

Our log book shows 49 in-person visits to the Archives, while many others submitted questions and research requests by e-mail. The combination of assimilating new acquisitions, providing research assistance, and completing internal projects has kept volunteers busy as they logged 490 hours on-site. Many more hours went unrecorded elsewhere. Volunteers included Nancy Dutton, Linda Miller, Dorene Lengyel, Maureen Prohl, Connie Reece, and Heather Stoddard.

Members of the Town Archives Committee are appointed by the Selectmen. These include Verne Barrett, Nancy Dutton (recording secretary), Ginny Foose, Deb Hall, Will Kidder, Laurie Lauridsen, Tom Little, Lloyd Littlefield, Jim Perkins (chair), Maureen Prohl, Connie Reece, Linda Miller, and Charlie Whittemore. Their collective memory of the people, businesses, dwellings, and events that have shaped New London are enormously valuable. We greatly miss the volunteers and friends who have passed away since our last report. Among them were Dorris Cutter, Connie Granger, Bob MacMichael, and Winnie Williams.

To learn more about the Archives, please stop by the Old Academy on any Wednesday morning or visit www.NLarchives.org to view the breadth of our collection, see on-line photo exhibits, and read blog stories about New London’s past and present.

Respectfully submitted,

James M. Perkins
February 2015

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