[Dedicated to Preserving the Best of Old Londonderry]
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[Londonderry Historical Society (of Londonderry, New Hampshire)]


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Harvest Festival

September, 2014

Fall has officially arrived, and the second annual Harvest Festival is approaching. The Londonderry Historical Society and Nutfield Publishing, publisher of the Londonderry Times, are planning this fun-filled event for Saturday, Oct. 25. According to Deb Paul, owner of Nutfield Publishing, the festival starts with trick-or-treating at participating businesses. This is followed by a costume parade at 2:30 p.m., a Zombie Run, and an Apocalypse After Party lasting until dusk, all held at the Londonderry Historical Society’s Morrison House on Pillsbury Road.

Paul said registration for the parade can be completed at RE/MAX 1st Choice, a sponsor of the trick-or-treating event, by signing up from Oct. 18 through 25. Paul also said that businesses can register for participation in Trick-or-Treating during that time as well.

Trick-or-Treating takes place at participating businesses from noon to 2 p.m. along the Nashua Road (Route 102) and Mammoth Road corridor, and concludes at the Morrison House. Participating businesses will have a sign in their window, and a map of these businesses can be picked up at RE/MAX 1st Choice.

“Kids turn in the stamped maps by 2:15 p.m. at the RE/MAX 1st Choice table at the Morrison House to be eligible for a drawing for a Grand Prize,” Paul said. “There are five different age categories for the costume judging, and four to five prizes per category. They need to be present to win the prizes. The money we collect from the businesses is used entirely for purchasing prizes for the children.”

Paul said the Morrison House will have chili dogs provided by Londonderry Lions Club, and DJ services provided by Flashback Entertainment, owned by Dan Lekas. Games will be provided as well, some sponsored by the local YMCA.

Booths will be available for folks to shop at, and include: Curiouser and Curios, with yarn accessories, headbands, bead critters, and more; Joan Major Designs, with dragonfly-themed items and Venetian glass jewelry; Country Home Candles, with candles and gifts; Cathy’s Country Crafts, with homemade jelly and pickles, goat milk soap, refurbished shutters and microwavable corn bags; Deer Meadow Homestead, with bread, biscuit and cookie mixes, granola, and jellies and jams; Mrs. Hanson’s treats, offering cookies, brownies, cakes, cupcakes and dog treats; and Keiko, selling rug runners, hooked rugs, and handmade cat and crow decorations.

According to Paul, Zombie Run participants will wear three flags on a belt. “Zombies” are staged throughout the course, ready to chase runners and steal their flags. “Safe Zones” at mile markers 1 and 2, providing water and an extra flag. Minimum age to participate in the Zombie Run is 11, and all participants below 18 must have a parental waiver. Cost is $5 for runners or Zombies ages 16 and above, and $1 for Junior Zombies, ages 11 to 15.

Participants are also welcome to become part of the Zombie Horde, sporting makeup applied free at the Blood Splatter zone. Tips are invited. The Apocalypse After Party follows the Zombie Run with music, food, and games.

Hope to see you all there!

Fundraising Drive

July 14, 2014

Would you like to help the Londonderry Historical Society fulfill its mission of protecting our town’s past for future generations to enjoy? We’re a non-profit organization with no paid employees; all work is performed by our dedicated volunteers. Membership dues, along with public and private donations, are our main source of funds. With these funds we maintain our multi-building educational complex on Pillsbury Road, purchase and house Londonderry artifacts, and disseminate news and information about our activities and projects. All donations to our Society are gratefully accepted, are tax-deductible, and are put to good use for the benefit of the community. Here are some ways you can help:

Monetary Donations
You can make a donation by writing a check payable to “Londonderry Historical Society” and mailing it to:
Londonderry Historical Society
P.O. Box 136
Londonderry, N.H. 03053

Be sure to indicate if you’d like your gift to be applied to a specific cause, e.g., to the re-building of the Rev. Morrison House. We also accept appreciated assets for sale to benefit the Society.

In Memory Of
Another way to help is to request that gifts be made to the Society in memory of a loved one who has passed away. This is a wonderful way to honor someone who had a special interest in history during his or her lifetime, or who lived in or had a connection to our town. The Londonderry Historical Society appreciates being remembered in this way and all “in memory of” donations will be acknowledged in our semi-annual newsletter and annual report.

Planned Giving
Consider making a planned gift to the Society in the form of a bequest or beneficiary designation. A specific bequest can be made through your will, or you can name the Society as a beneficiary of your life insurance, retirement plan or bank account. Be sure to notify us when any type of planned giving is put into place so that we may properly thank you and supply information for your tax or estate planner.

Regardless of how you choose to donate, please provide your full name, address and email address so that we can contact you to answer questions and furnish information about our 503© status. You can reach us any time at info@londonderryhistory.org.

Curator Wanted

June 19, 2014

Our curator, Ryan Kinghorn, has moved away and as a result the Londonderry Historical Society has an opening for the position of Head Curator. The Society would like to thank Ryan for all he accomplished during his tenure. The ideal candidate for this volunteer position will have experience or education related to the preservation of historical artifacts. Familiarity with PastPerfect software for intake and logging of artifacts would be a plus. If interested, please contact LHS President Ann Chiampa at 603-432-3708 or at a.chiampa@comcast.net.