32 people attended the Greenland Historical Society re-boot on Thursday, October 12th. Paul F. Hughes, unofficial Town historian and member of the previous GHS, gave a brief survey of facts connected with Greenland, from early 1600s through the 1990s. The meeting included time for socializing with light refreshment of fruit, cheese and crackers, ice tea, seltzer, and water. $50 was received for 5 annual memberships.
Mr. Hughes has written a history of Greenland built from the facts and figures about the town and inhabitants that he and his parents gleaned from various news sources. Their work – a collection of print and photographs – fills 12 notebooks and sits in the Weeks Public Library. Work is underway to digitize the Hughes’ Family Collection. Details of the Common Heritage Program to come at the December meeting. More volunteers are welcome. The next GHS-II Meeting is December 14 at 6:30 pm. A hearty soup, bread, fruit and cheese, and dessert will be served in the Parish Hall of the Community Congregational Church.
People expressed interest in getting out and about to Greenland sites, so Leonard is looking into possible excursions, with a visit to the Weeks Brick House first on the list. These outings will be called GHS-II Excursions and occur in alternate months to GHS Meetings, to accommodate more schedules. Watch for details. Organization: Members determine the mission and leadership of the new Greenland Historical Society, but for the first programs, Leonard Schwab and Karen Mason are acting as organizers, relying on suggestions from You. Contact Karen at 603.580.1944 and Leonard at 603.431.8459.
Abbreviated Minutes from the First Meeting
The meeting was called to order at 6:35 pm by Karen Mason who introduced the co-founder of the new society, Leonard Schwab (who kept minutes). In time, Society members will decide on officers and structure. ✑Karen briefly described the Common Heritage Program, where grants are awarded through the National Endowment for the Humanities. (The program is described on the reverse of this page.) A first project for interested GHS members, already underway is the digitization of the Hughes’ Family Collection. Karen and Leonard have spent some hours transcribing written index cards into Excel format. John Hirtle has volunteered his expertise and equipment. More volunteers are needed. ✑Leonard Schwab discussed the importance of having a vision for the society. The original society accumulated material of historical interest (the Hughes’ Family Collection). One of the first goals of the new Greenland Historical Society will be to preserve the collection in electronic form and add more material. Ultimately, the GHS-II will digitize paper-based histories of the Town which are currently only found in people’s homes – not in libraries and public museums.
KK Mason, editor