Alton Historical Society Activities & Events

The Alton Historical Society's Museum, at the Gilman Library, is open from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm on the third Saturday every month.



Upcoming Programs 

Unless otherwise noted, all meetings will be held from April through September, at 7:00 pm on the third Tuesday of each month, 

in the Agnes Thompson Meeting Room on the lower level of the Gilman Library at 100 Main Street, Alton NH.  

Refreshments will be served.  Admission is free.


Tuesday, July 18

NOTICE: Change of Program for July 18th

The NH Farm Museum in Milton, NH, is among the state's premier organizations preserving and sharing the Granite State's rich rural heritage.  It's collection consists of thousands of artifacts illustrating agricultural and rural life spanning three centuries.   Musem director Mark Foynes will bring a selection of museum objects as the basis for an interactive discussion.  

"People are also welcome to scour their barns and bring items from their own personal collections, too," Foynes said.  His recent speaking engagements included presentations in Tuftonboro, Lee, Sanbornton, and North Berwick, ME.  "I try not to lecture, but rather prefer to allow artifacts to serve as a window into how people lived and worked in days past," he added. 

Tuesday, August 15 

 Join shipbuilder Keith King and filmmaker Chris Owen for a firsthand exploration of the building of the "Peter M. Atwood."  The schooner known on Lake Winnipesaukee as "the black pirate ship,  was a legend on the lake.  We will include a screening of Atwood-Vessel of Life, a documentary chronicling the ship's construction.  Mr. King, a World War II veteran, and educator of 30+ years will share his life experiences and wisdom.


Tuesday, September 19 


Scuba diver and history buff Hans Hug Jr., from Exeter, NH will be making a presentation entitled "Wrecks of the Winnipesaukee." Hans has been an avid diver for 28 years throughout New England, ranging from the Connecticut River to the ocean.  He enjoys lobster and scallop diving, searching for shipwrecks and artifacts, including cars, trucks, bottles, guns, ceramics, and more.  He has dived all over the Winnipesaukee, bringing side scan sonar with him when he searches.   He has located more than 70 wrecks in the lake, including large pieces of the original Mt. Washington, captured hundreds of images on side scan sonar, and photographed and videotaped dozens of wrecks.  A brief video will be played, of one of the wreck dives along with photographs and sonar images of wrecks.




Saturday, August 12

Open House at J. Jones & Son from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.


Tuesday, October 17, 6:30 pm

Annual Meeting and Pot Luck Supper and Election of Officers.

(Starts at 6:30 pm)