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About the Greenland, NH Historical Society

Mission: Preserve. Educate. Be Active.

Our mission is to preserve the history of Greenland, NH. We educate the community through events and this website. We are active in supporting continuing research.

This site is maintained by volunteers and Karen Mason. Leonard Schwab responds to many of the queries for information.

Board Members

The current GHS Board is Joe Fredericks, President; Karen Mason, Facilitator; Marty Waldron, Treasurer; Eugene Lynch, Corresponding Secretary; John Hirtle, I.T.; Donna Waldron & Bette Hirtle, Program; Alison Mann and Mark Willis, Advisors.

From March 2020, when restrictions were put in place on social groups due to Covid, the GHS Board turned to regular Zoom meetings to plan how best to live out the motto of GHS in these changing circumstances. With so much more unscheduled time at our disposal, each of us on the Board were able to focus on our respective projects. All results of research will be shared on this site and in other venues.

Since May 2021, with Board members fully vaccinated, the Board holds in-person meetings; however, general programs will continue to be held on Zoom or other online platforms because they were an excellent alternative venue.

Leonard and Karen have been active members of the 300th Committee (the Tricentennial Steering Committee), organizing “Greenland Old Home Days 300.” Board members have contributed their knowledge and expertise. The 300th will be celebrated during the week of September 11-19, 2021.

We appreciate the interest shown in this site and attempt to respond to requests in good time.

Thank You to Bluebird Storage

Bluebird Storage in Greenland provides a storage unit for The Hughes Papers. It has been a temporary work site for Mark Willis, historian, and Karen Mason to sort papers and memorabilia. Next phase: file merging.

501(c)(3) Nonprofit

GHS is registered as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit in the State of NH. We’re an organization completely run on volunteer power and the generosity of donors and members.

A Little Neglect May Breed Great Mischief

For want of a nail, the shoe was lost. For want of a shoe, the horse was lost. For want of a horse, the rider was lost. For want of a rider, the battle was lost. For want of a battle, the kingdom was lost, And all for the want of a horseshoe nail.

Benjamin Franklin included a version of this proverb in Poor Richard’s Almanack in 1758.

We of the GHS are mindful of the fact that something small may seem trivial in the grand scheme of things if its purpose or importance is unclear. When small dots are set in their proper position, the bigger picture takes shape.