September Program: Center Harbor and Meredith - A Shared History

Presenter: Daniel Heyduk, Ph. D.
Date: September 24, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Location: Schoolhouse Museum, 94 Dane Road, Center Harbor, NH

Complementary coffee and snacks after the program

The presentation will include the first famous landscape painters in the U.S., who got their start right here in Meredith and Center Harbor, and will show some of the beautiful local scenes they painted.  We'll look at some summer boardinghouses and hotels, and how Center Harbor's "charm" overshadowed Meredith's mills.  The presentation will include Dudley Leavitt, who taught many citizens of both towns, and library-builder Clarence Nichols, the grandson of a rum-drinking Meredith ferry-woman. Along the way, we'll see Meredith lose its part of Center Harbor Village, we'll watch the Keyser family get evicted from their house, and we'll learn about the two towns' fight over the steamer Mt Washington.

About the presenter: 

Daniel Heyduk, Ph. D., is an anthropologist and historian.  He lived with native people in Mexico and Bolivia, did archaeology in Ecuador, and managed educational programs worldwide.  He writes the "Passing Time" local history column in the Meredith News and he is the author of the new book "Meredith Chronicles" about Meredith's history.


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August Program: Coyotes

Presenter: Kristine Rines
Date: August 27, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Location: Schoolhouse Museum, 94 Dane Road, Center Harbor, NH

Complementary coffee and snacks after the program

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
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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