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Jackson Historical Society

23 Black Mountain Road
Jackson, New Hampshire 03846

. . .keeping the past alive

Who We Are

Formed in April 1977, the Jackson Historical Society helps preserve the history of Jackson, New Hampshire. The Society maintains collections of historical artifacts, maps, books, and documents.

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JHS location in Old Town Hall

It also features 19th century art of the White Mountains with a permanent collection of paintings as well as an annual show and sale of White Mountain art.

The Society is located in the former Jackson Town Hall, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is a non-profit, membership-based organization led by a dedicated group of volunteers who strive to preserve and remember the past.

Come Visit Us!

We hope you will visit our historic displays, use our archives for your research, and enjoy our 19th century collection of White Mountain art. We are open Saturdays and Sundays from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. or by appointment.

Special Summer Months beginning Memorial Day
    Fridays from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    Sundays from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. or by appointment.

Come Join Us!

Become a member by clicking here or become a volunteer by clicking here.

News

A History of Jackson Books Have Arrived

Alice Pepper's History of Jackson books have finally arrived from the printer. Alice will be signing them this week, starting with books for those who have prepaid.

The hard cover book is $65.00, the soft cover $45.00. The History of Jackson Part I is also available for $25.00. The Society accepts cash and checks, but not credit cards. Books can be purchased from the Society when it is open and from the Merchandise page.

If you have the 2015 edition and would like an index, we can email you a PDF file of the index. Request this from Jackson Historical Society.

New Curator Joins the Society

The Jackson Historical Society is delighted to announce that Bob Cottrell will be working at the Society for four hours on both Fridays and Saturdays. Bob is a scholar of Mount Washington Valley with long museum experience. He is currently the curator at the Henney History Museum in the Conway Public Library, where he will continue to work. He is past executive director of the Remick Farm Museum in Tamworth and comes with a lengthy and impressive resume.

This will be the first time in the Society’s history that it has not been run entirely by volunteers. We are looking forward to his help cataloging books and our archives and organizing our collections.

NH Gives

Thank you to all who donated--your donations will go a long way in supporting the work of the Historical Society.

Current Events

Art Sale

The 21st annual White Mountain Art Sale is now running. There are over 60 items from private collectors, primarily 19th century paintings, but also contemporary paintings and memorabilia. Items are available for purchase as they arrive, so check the catalog often. The art sale will continue through the holidays. Paintings come and go frequently.

The art sale is the Society’s major fundraiser. The consignor of a painting gets most of the sale price, but our small commission has paid for investing over $250,000 renovating the Town Hall; over $50,000 to dismantle the Trickey barn, which the Town was going to demolish to make way for the Whitney Center, then donating the timbers to the Library; paying for the chairs in the Whitney Center; paving the parking below the Town Hall before we were tenants; and many other projects.

Please contact info@jacksonhistory.org to consign artwork or learn more about the ongoing sale. Visit the Art Sale page to find out what items are for sale.

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Jackson Theater Curtain

Upcoming Events

Jackson's Grand Theater Curtain, circa 1897, to be Conserved!

Stop by the Jackson Historical Society throughout the days of June 19, 20, or 21 to observe conservation work on the historic painted theater curtain that was installed in the Town Hall in 1897. This curtain, which is 127 years old, had been the backdrop for town meetings until meetings were moved to the newly constructed Whitney Community Center in 2009. The Historical Society received a grant award from the Cultural Conservation Mooseplate Program of the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts for the conservation necessary to restore this historic and culturally significant town resource. The conservation work of the 19.5-foot x 8.5-foot curtain will take place over three days in the main room of the Historical Society. We welcome and encourage all to stop in and see a piece of the town’s history undergo a wonderful restoration!
The Conservators, from Curtains Without Borders, will be working at the Society from approximately 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m throughout June 19, 20, or 21--they look forward to sharing their conservation process!

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