Sunapee Echoes reports historical society happenings

The latest issue  of Echoes, the Sunapee Historical Society newsletter, is now available and, as always, includes program announcements and interesting tidbits about Sunapee’s past, its people, places and practices. The summer 2011 issue is viewable on-line.

  • Sandy Alexander for the Society’s historical properties project relates from legal transfers the “drama”– the ups and downs — of  an old brick house in the Garnet Hill area of town.
  • Nancy Dutton tells us about the Great Isle Bowling Alley…”It was being built in June of 1878 when it appears in the Argus and Spectator, in a general article about various activities on the lake. ‘Messrs. Tasker and Dyer are erecting a bowling alley and refreshment rooms on Great Island.’…..”
  • Becky Rylander announces a newly completed map of Sunapee’s cemeteries and notes “how all of the cemeteries are now on what we would consider back roads but which were the main thoroughfares at the time they were established.” (The map is available on the historical society website and at the museum.)
  • And you can learn about upcoming events…open to all free of charge. Summer SHS programs are held at the museum at Sunapee Harbor.

Thursday, August 4 at 7 pm

Cracker Barrel Talk: Life on Trow Hill with Lee Salonen & Others

Lee Salonen grew up summering with his Finnish aunt and uncle on Trow Hill.  Fluent in both Finnish and English from a young age, he was often called on to translate for his relatives and their neighbors during the 1940-50s.  He will talk about life on Trow Hill and in the Finnish community in those days.  Other Trow Hill residents are invited to participate.

Sunday, August 7 at 3 pm

SHS Annual Meeting & Program: Leone Family Stories

The family of Carroll Leone has granted the Sunapee Historical Society permission to republish his book of short tales of life in Sunapee, originally  published in 1991.  A slide-show of old family photos will be shown, with comments from family members. Books will be available for purchase with proceeds going to the Sunapee Historical Society.

Thursday, August 25 at 7 pm

Cracker Barrel Talk: Sunapee’s Civil War Soldiers — Their Service & Their Families

Come to our cracker barrel talk on 25 August to learn about where Sunapee’s Civil War soldiers served, who came home, and in what shape. Suffice it to say that Sunapee families sacrificed much to help preserve our Union.

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