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Historical Society


MISSION: The Canterbury Historical Society’s mission is to preserve Canterbury’s heritage and sense of community.

ARCHIVES:  The Society’s archives contain a great diversity of historically valuable town-owned manuscripts and photographic collections reflecting Canterbury history from the early 18th century to the present. These include the Luther Cody glass negative collection of over 640 images taken at the turn of the century; information about town organizations;town government and associated records; deeds and a wide variety of other materials. These collections are available to researchers by appointment. Email us at  

PROJECTS AND ACTIVITIES: The work of the Society is done entirely by member volunteers and friends. New helpers are always welcome. In addition to the maintenance of the collections, we are currently working on the following projects:

ARCHIVES: Continuation of digitizing inventory and numbering of the collections.

ELKINS MEMORIAL BUILDING: The site of the former library and home to shows, exhibits and workshops mounted or conducted by the Society.

HOSTING PROGRAMS OF HISTORICAL INTEREST: Each year the Society presents several programs through the assistance of the N.H. Humanities Council, intended to broaden understanding of the importance of history and by-gone events and their influence on our daily lives.
ORAL & VISUAL HISTORY PROJECT: Tape & video recording of the reminiscences of older residents. and placed in our Archive Collection.

NEWSPAPER CLIPPING FILE: Ongoing project of clipping local news and compiling a research file.

CEMETERY RECORDING PROJECT: Recording information from local cemeteries and their gravestones and organizing the information for researchers.

ONE ROOM SCHOOL HOUSE PROJECT: Carried out through the help and support of our elementary teachers and administration, the program involves all the children at our elementary school in experiencing what education was like in former times by replicating the atmosphere and conditions of a one room school house (20 to 25 students from five different grades in one room). We understand this is the only program of its kind in the nation.
The program has won two (2) national awards for excellence.

MAPPING OF HISTORICAL SITES: In cooperation with Canterbury Elementary School.

OFFICERS & BOARD MEMBERS:                               

Bob Scarponi
Vice President        
 Sandy Scripture        

Recording secretary
Pam Jackson

Correspondence Secretary        
Jan Cote
Roger Klose       


Brian Braskie

Sam Papps

Anne Emerson

Brian Titilah

Mary Ann Winograd

Mary-Jane Bergman

Malia Lundahl


Town of Canterbury P.O. Box 500 Canterbury, NH. 03224
Town Offices: 10 Hackleboro Road
Phone: 603-783-9955 Fax: 603-783-0501 Email: