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Presentation: The Shot Heard ‘Round the World by Ralph Gerenz.

Date: 18 June 2024
6:00 PM Open Doors: Beverages and refreshments served.
6:15 PM Pledge of Allegiance
There will be a short business meeting. This is the Merrimack Historical Society’s Annual Meeting including election of officers. Then our guest speaker for the meeting will have the floor.
7:00 PM Guest Speaker: Ralph Gerenz
The Revolutionary War was a war unlike any other—one of ideas and ideals, that shaped “the course of human events.” With 165 principal engagements from 1775-1783, the Revolutionary War was the catalyst for American independence. Though preceded by years of unrest and periodic violence, the Revolutionary War began in earnest on April 19, 1775, with the battles of Lexington and Concord. The conflict lasted a total of seven years, with the major American victory at Yorktown, Virginia in 1781 marking the end of hostilities, although some fighting took place through the fall of 1783. 
Bio: Ralph Gerenz  Ralph has been a Minuteman Reenactor for 49 years and will be the featured speaker for tonight’s program. He is a graduate of West Point with a master’s degree from MIT.  He lived in Merrimack, NH for many years and is now retired and living in Nashua, NH.  Ralph was the treasurer of the Merrimack Historical Society and a dedicated officer and volunteer participating with the MHS  projects and modernizations.


JUNE 1, 2024. Merrimack Historical Society. 10 Depot Street, Merrimack, NH 03054.

CSAA Plaque Revealing Ceremony 10:00am. Doors open till 4:00pm

MERRIMACK SCHOOL HOUSES #3 and #12
PLACED ON THE CSAA NATIONAL SCHOOLHOUSE REGISTER

Please join us for a plaque revealing ceremony at the Merrimack Historical Society on Saturday June 01 at 10:00 AM. 

Merrimack School House #3, located on 10 Depot Street, and Merrimack Schoolhouse #12, located at 520 Boston Post Road, were placed on the “Country School Association of America (CSAA) National Registry for their importance to America’s educational history, having met the criteria for inclusion on the National Schoolhouse Register. 

A plaque revealing ceremony is scheduled for June 01, 2024, at 10:00 am at Schoolhouse #3, 10 Depot Street, Merrimack. 

The Merrimack Historical Society submitted the nomination for both schools whose hallowed ground and sturdy walls provide a glimpse into our educational past. Merrimack is unique in that we have two existing schoolhouses that are still in use. 
 
This will be a wonderful and historical event for our town, we’re hoping that all can make it. 

The Society will be open till 4:00 pm for those that may have other committments earlier in the day. We look forward to seeing you there!


Presentation: Resurrecting Forest Grove, a documentary of restoring a vintage one-room school to its 1920s appearance. And how this may apply to Merrimacks Historic Schoolhouses.

Date: 21 May 2024
6:00 PM Open Doors: Beverages and refreshments served.
6:15 PM Pledge of Allegiance
There will be a short business meeting. Then our guest speaker for the meeting will have the floor.
7:00 PM Guest Speaker: Susan Fineman
Bio: Susan Fineman is a retired teacher of 31 years from the Lowell Public Schools and a 30-year
resident of Nashua. She is on the Board of Directors and a founding member of the Country School
Association of America, a non-profit grassroots organization dedicated to supporting schoolhouse
enthusiasts across the nation. She has served as a “schoolmarm” at Nashua’s District #1 since
2005 and has traveled the country visiting and photographing one-room schools. Susan has
presented at twelve CSAA annual national conferences held in a different state each year. Susan
has also presented at six Preservation Iowa Country School Conferences.


Presentation: British Redcoat Reenactment
Date: 16 April 2024
6:00 PM Open Doors: Beverages and refreshments served.
6:15 PM Pledge of Allegiance
There will be a short business meeting. Then our guest speaker for the meeting will have the floor.
7:00 PM Guest Speaker: Shawn Morrill
Shawn Morrill is a member of the Merrimack Historical Society and a reenactor of a
British Redcoat. He has been part of Redcoat reenactments for many years in and
around New England.
What goes into reenacting a British Redcoat? A brief history review of modern
reenacting, as well as a look at various redcoat uniforms, tactics, equipment, and
training. And as always, viewer hands-on demonstrations!

POSTED February 15, 2024

Presentation: Women on the Home Front, WW II
Presenter: David McNeil, Educator Hudson, NH
When: February 20, 2024 (Tuesday) at 7:00 PM. Business meeting begins at 6:15 PM. Light refreshments will be served.
Where: Merrimack Historical Society, 10 Depot Street, Merrimack NH
Description: American women supported the WWII war effort in a variety of ways, but in this presentation, David will focus on non-military contributions. Most people have heard of Rosie the Riveter, but there’s is so much more to discuss – from the world of entertainment to
more mundane, day-to-day efforts, and yes, to the various work roles women assumed in the absence of men. They all did their part.

2023 Events
Events and programs that took place during 2023 can be found under the Monthly Meeting tab of this website. Major events outside the monthly meetings in 2023 that took place were the Merrimack Historical Society Open House on May 20th and 21st at 10 Depot Street facility, the Grand Opening of the Huntington Exchange Merrimack (formerly the Brookstone world headquarters on September 20th), and the Knights of Columbus Craft Fair on November 3rd and 4th. It is expected events and programs for 2024 will be posted to this page.

Future 2022-2023 Events
Per Lynda Tomasian, “In the following months we have selected a variety of topics and speakers which include Humanities presenters as Kevin Gardner, author of” The Granite State Kiss” to explain how and why New England came to acquire thousands of miles of stone walls. Alan Hoffman who studied Lafayette and Human Rights in support of abolition of slavery. Carrie Brown explores how working women shaped pre-WWII with her program of “Rosie’s Mom: Forgotten Women of the First World War.”

Presentation: Lafayette & Human Rights
Presenter: Alan Hoffman
When: November 15, 2022 (Tuesday) at 6:30 PM. Light refreshments.
Where: Merrimack Historical Society, 10 Depot Street, Merrimack NH

Merrimack Knights of Columbus Fall Craft Fair
November 4-5, 2022
When: Friday, 5p-8p and Saturday 9a-30
Where: Mastricola Upper Elementary School, 24 Baboosic Lake Road, Merrimack NH
What: 40 crafters, including the Merrimack Historical Society. Chinese Auction will be included.

Presentation: The Capital Crime of Witchcraft–What The Primary Sources Tell Us
Date: 18 October 2022
TIME:
Place: Merrimack Historical Society, 10 Depot Street, Merrimack NH
Description: In conjunction with the New Hampshire Humanities Council, the Merrimack Historical Society will host Margo Burns at our Oct.18th meeting. Ms. Burns is the 10th generation great-granddaughter of Rebecca Nurse who was hanged in Salem in 1692 on the charge of witchcraft. Ms. Burns will present .

On September 20, 2022 6:30PM to 8:30PM  the Merrimack Historical Society will hold its regular business meeting at 10 Depot Street, Merrimack, NH.  Our business meeting will begin at 6:30 to be followed by a presentation on the “Ultimate Vision”- how John Lastowka and Charles Mower take raw material, video and photos and create the To & Froe television programs series,  unique to our community. Refreshments will be served, hosted by Bess Parks. We hope to see you this coming Tuesday. 

NH Old Graveyard Association
2022 Fall Meeting

Saturday, September 17, 2022
9:00 AM Eastern Time.

Merrimack Historical Society, 10 Depot St. Merrimack. Meet at 9:00 for refreshments and informal chat. Business meeting and program start at 10:00. Please bring a brown bag lunch.

The Merrimack Historical Society and NHOGA Joint Meeting
When: Saturday September 17, 2022, from 9:00AM to Noon
Where: Merrimack Historical Society, 10 Depot Street, Merrimack NH
Details: This will be our first joint meeting with another organization and it will be held in our new building. MHS members are welcome to attend this joint meeting, seating is limited to 40 and can accommodate 15 standing for a total of 55 people. We have finished the “Graveyards of Merrimack” video and it will be shown on Zoom and to participants at this meeting. This will be the first public viewing of this video. After this meeting, it will be posted on Merrimack TV and YouTube for all to view. The video is 30 minutes long, it features Richard Maloon, Anita Creager, and the people who helped them to clean and repair the four graveyards in Merrimack.
Additional Info: There will be light refreshments, but be prepared to bring a lunch if you attend. If questions, contact: John.lastowka@outlook.com

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NEWSLETTER (Quarterly):
The Merrimack Historical Society publishes a quarterly newsletter that is shared with all members. A few extra copies will be kept in the Society at 10 Depot Street in Merrimack, New Hampshire. If you are a member and have not received one recently, please contact us. Some of the older publications will be posted here.

Sample Newsletter: January-March 2022 MHS Newsletter (PDF)


The Merrimack Historical Society’s FaceBook page is active and interesting.

–We can be found on Youtube where the Society publishes a video series called “To and Froe” about Merrimack NH history. This series also appears on Merrimack TV.