PO BOX 505, MADISON, NH 03849
We welcome spring and the start of many old and new projects. Becky Knowles has been very busy getting our Museum library together with help from Priscilla Ward, Olive Clayton, Ellen Evitts, Isabel Knowles, and others. We have new filing cabinets and new bookshelves to boot!
Madison Pound was cleaned up back in 1999 as a small group effort and earlier back in 1978 when the timbers were last replaced. Since 1999 Roger Clayton has been keeping it cleaned out yearly. Roger noted that the top timber boards are rotting and need to be replaced. It was Roger’s hope that the local Boy Scouts would take on the project. Recently, the Boy Scouts did do work on the Pound and even got as far as setting up a logger to help erect the timbers into position. However, the cost of the timbers stopped their efforts. The problem is the need for long sawn timbers, twelve feet in length, though Roger feels we can work with eight-foot lengths. Roger will get the information back to us and to anyone interested in saving the Town Pound. Any help and/or donations of sawn timber would be appreciated.
Please contact Roger if you can help.
Have you ever seen our article on the Town Pound on our web site? Check it out at:
Museum and it is a lovely museum. They have many exhibits well placed
throughout the building which include three floors. I believe they are only open one Saturday a month during the summer and I cannot remember if it is the first or third. I’ll find out and get back with that information.
The guest speaker was Mr. Eric Potter who is the sixth or so generation of his family in Effingham. He was delightful with his readings of his ancestors’ memories from the past. Memories are what teach us about the history and the people before us. It reminds me that we all should write down our memories so others will have an understanding of what once was.
After Mr. Potter gave his presentation we went on an excursion to 5 or 6 old graveyards in Effingham with the President of the Effingham Historical Society as our guide. I was amazed to see so many familiar names, Kennett, Meloon, Knowles, and others.
President Wayne (I forgot his last name) took us to a beautiful small graveyard on his property where there is one huge gravestone with many Drakes. The graveyard was one large mound enclosed by lovely granite with an arched granite opening and vines that flower in the summer encrusting the granite walls. It just amazes me the hard work people did in earlier times. Wayne cuts the grass and takes care of this graveyard with noticeably loving care.
I have purchased a couple of copies of the newer version of the NHOGA Handbook for information on gravestone preservation. I will be donating one to our Madison Town Library and one will be available at the Museum library. We have a copy or two of the old handbook, and if you read the old one ignore the cleaning instructions that include bleach. Please do not clean gravestones with bleach. Bleach will eat away the stone!
1. Executive Board Secretary
2. Program Coordinator
3. Vice President
4. Sunday Docents (from 2-
4pm through the summer).
5. Lap Top Computer
6. Donations toward new
7. Donations of rough sawn
timber for the Pound or
funds toward the efforts.
8. Donations towards
expanding our Tool Shed
for more exhibit space.
Executive Board 2005
Mary K.W. Lucy, President
Becky Knowles, Treasurer and Curator
Lisa Olszewski, Publicity
Olive Clayton, Mailings
June 16 Jane Kitchen and others
“History of Allegro Pines”
At the old Camp Allegro Dining Hall
July 21 Russ Petrie & the Madison Church Singers
“Gospel Songs From Yesterday”
August 18 Lee Middlekauff and
The sequel to:
“Photographic Perspectives of Madison, Past and Present”
Madison Elementary School – Noyes Hall
September 15 Raymond Stineford
Madison Historical Museum
October 20 “Snow Village Chronicles”
Preformed Live to the radio programs written by
William Manley, from 1930s-40s, by a volunteer cast.
Madison Corner Schoolhouse
Other events to note:
Old Home Week:
August 7 (Sunday) 6 – 7 PM
August 9 Tues. 2-4
Museum Open House
BLAST FROM THE PAST
From Madison Historical Society meeting minutes Jan. 21, 1981:
Richard Hocking said a representative of the Office of Historical Preservation in Concord phoned today that the Town and School Library has been listed in the National Registry of Historical Buildings. Arrangements for commemoration will be completed at a later date.
A Picnic Party from the Churchill
House at Goe Hill. Will Kennett is driving the oxen, “Bob”
Kellock is the boy with the panama hat and flauntroy tie. (As written
on the back– no year given.)