The Ashland Historical Society

The Society was founded in October 1968 as a result of the widespread interest in the community's historical heritage created by the town's centennial observance. It has achieved several major accomplishments.

In 1969, Arthur and Ruth Knapp gave the Society the small dwelling of Reuben Whitten, whose charity saved his neighbors from hardship and starvation in the Cold Year of 1816. In 1970, the Society persuaded the voters of Ashland to accept Dr. George Hoyt Whipple's gift of the Whipple House. The Reuben Whitten House was moved to the Whipple House grounds, where it has been partly restored. The Society voted to accept the Ashland Railroad Station from Mrs. Vera Curley in 1979 and the Glidden Toy Museum from Mrs. Pauline E. Glidden in 1989.

The Society has also raised funds for the construction of the Squam River Covered Bridge and the restoration of the Civil War Monument. During the spring, summer and fall, the Society sponsors programs on local, regional and state, regional and state history, as well as special events. All programs are open to the public free of charge.

Gifts and loans of historical items pertaining to Ashland, the Squam Lakes area, New Hampshire, or railroads will be gratefully accepted and cared for by the Society if found appropriate for the collections.

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