June Program: General Thomas, Civil War

Presenter: David Decker
Thursday, June 25th 7:00 – 8:30 pm

  • Complementary coffee and snacks after the program

The Center Harbor Historical Society is proud to host a presentation by David Decker, a local authority on the Civil War, 1861-1865 at 7:00 pm in the Schoolhouse Museum on Dane Road in Center Harbor, NH.

Decker will deliver a presentation on the life an career of General George Thomas, with special emphasis on his unbroken string of victories throughout the civil war.

Thomas is known as the best commander on defense in the war.  He twice saved the union army from destruction at Stone's River and at Chickamauga.  After this second battle, the newspapers dubbed him "the Rock of Chickamauga" and President Lincoln called his effort the most heroic act in the history of the world.

Thomas was equally effective on offense, as was shown in the Tullahoma Campaign and then in the Atlantic Campaign.  His crowning achievement occurred at the battle of Nashville, where he completely destroyed John Bell Hood's army, originally 57,000 the men, but reduced to 3,000 men Tupelo, Mississippi, having been chased there by Thomas for 250 miles over three weeks.  The result of this battle was the end of the war in the west in December 1864, four months before Lee surrendered to Grant and five months before Johnston surrendered to Sherman.  Now one third of the confederate states were at peace.

At the conclusion of war and five years later at his death, at least ten of his closest colleagues, fellow generals, proclaimed Thomas to be the best general of the war, or of the 19th century, or since George Washington.  Thomas was the only man who never lost a battle during the entire civil war.


May Program: Women in the Civil War

David Decker discusses Women in the Civil War.

Presenter: David Decker
Thursday, May 28th 7:00 – 8:30 pm

  • Complementary coffee and snacks after the program

Centre Harbor Historical Society: Open House Saturdays

We are proud to present the 2015 season for the Centre Harbor Historical Society.

Please make note of the dates and times for our Open House Saturdays as shown below.  We look forward to seeing you this year!  Everyone is welcome.

Open House Saturdays
Chairman: Palmer Smith

Join us at the Schoolhouse Museum, 94 Dane Road, Center Harbor, NH from 10am – 2pm


July 4                August 8
July 11              August 15
July18               August 22
July 25              August 29
August 1

April Program: Winona Railroad Station - Local History

Roland Garland shares his passion and knowledge of the history of the Winona Railroad Station.

Presenter: Roland Garland
Thursday, April 23rd 7:00 – 8:30 pm

  • Complementary coffee and snacks after the program

Annual Museum Spring Cleaning Day - April 11

Please join us for our Annual Spring Cleaning Day on April 11 starting at 9am.  Help us prepare of the upcoming season,

Coffee and donuts will be provided.

SchoolHouse Museum
94 Dane Road
Center Harbor, NH 03226


Annual Fundraiser Drive


Dear Members,    

       I think we have had a very successful year. A number of programs of social and historical interest were presented and were well received.

      This year, all 23 cemeteries in Center Harbor were identified and recorded. This information was put in a notebook that can be found at the museum. All sites have GPS access.

      We had to move the propane tank to a new location, after an outside wall of the museum was repaired due to severely rotten wood.

      I mention these projects and repairs because it costs a lot of money and many hours of volunteer labor, to support the historical society.

      Most of our society members are “life members” that pay one fee, one time, for life. Dues and donations are a major income for the support of the society. I am asking all dues paying members to continue to support the society. I am also asking all “life” members to continue helping by making voluntary, yearly, donations.

      About “1/5” of our society are dues paying. Donations, from volunteer help to donations of money, will be needed to support the society for the coming year.

      All donations and dues may be sent to: Center Harbor Historical Society,

P.O. Box 98, Center Harbor, NH  03226.  Please have your dues and donations in by Dec.31, 2014 so that you may be listed on our donor list for 2015

      A receipt will be sent to you to be used as a deduction on your tax return.

  Thank you in advance for your support,

   Roland Garland, President

   Center Harbor Historical Society



Programs Presented in 2014

October Program: Learning to Live with Honey Bees

Ernie Bolduc shares his first-hand experience as a beekeeper as well as his historic research about bees and honey.

Presenter: Ernie Bolduc
Thursday, October 23th 7:00 – 8:30pm

  • Free samples of honey and ice cream
  • Complementary coffee and snacks after the program