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2011 Annual Report: Croydon Historical Society 2011

At the museum this summer, we had a Civil War display as this was the 150th anniversary of the war. Harry VanSantford donated some nice things relating to the war for our archives and other items. We also received items from the Hoopers and a beautiful ‘whatnot’ shelf from a generous woman from Grantham that was her grandmothers, and a church organ.

The collectible hand painted ornament design this year is the MACWILLIAMS FARM, RYDER CORNER, C. 1784 and is available for $10 at the town office.

We began planning meetings for our official 250th anniversary charter signing date of May 31st, 1763, with celebration events of our settlement as Croydon forebears established precedent in 1866, 1916, 1976. So, in 2013, Croydon will recognize our charter signing, but in 2016, we’ll celebrate the settlement of Croydon’s 250th anniversary – it’s Sesquicentennial.  What this means is, there’s a whole lot of work ahead of us.  Writing a historical update since the Bicentennial, is of greatest importance and we seek the help of those of you that would like to contribute, be it research skills and interest, writing and compiling the significant events, people to recognize, changes the town has experienced.

We seek help in the event planning for the celebration, some of you have probably considerably experience that will make things go smoothly, and have ideas of things to incorporate that the community will greatly enjoy participating in.

The oldest Croydon military veteran is Robert Nelson of Old Springfield Road. In November, the annual  dinner for the military families of Croydon, with our own Clayton Phillips as master of ceremonies, assisted by Willis Ballou, saw record attendance this year.  They were entertained by Croydon school children in ‘inspirational’’ song.  Everyone was moved by their ‘God Bless the USA’.  Also, Orma Thompson skillfully lied her way through the liars contest, with Donnie Lussier and Dave Effman.

The Historical Society participated in Croydon Community Day activities, where Skip Beard was recognized as the 2011 Outstanding Citizen, having served on the Croydon Fire Department for 18 years and the Chief for the last 10. Skip has been instrumental in getting Sawyer Park completed and dedicated to her memory.  Tom Aiken has taken the helm there this year as chief.

We also now share a newly paved parking lot with the town office.  We hope to help make it blend nicely with some permanent plantings that will take awhile to establish but we’ll all appreciate.

Two top winners of the raffle were from Croydon, and a grateful nearby winner of the rocking horse.  Thank you for supporting all of our events and activities, your generosity is greatly appreciated.

We look forward to offering you some interesting programs and activities in 2012.

Jane Dearden, CHS President

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Town of Croydon NH

879 NH Route 10, Croydon, NH 03773

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