Welcome to the Holderness Historical Society

We are a seasonal organization dedicated to preserving our town’s history, providing educational experiences and informative programs to the public, collecting artifacts and maintaining our museum, and providing an avenue for research.

On August 28, 1961 the first meeting of the Holderness Historical Society was held at the home of Susan Bacon Keith.  Through the next years meetings were held in private homes, the Community Church and the fire house.  When the New Hampshire Baptist Convention declared the North Holderness Church defunct the Historical Society purchased the building and had it moved from Perch Pond Road to Curry Place in 1994.

Museum Hours

July – September, Saturdays 10am – noon or by appointment. Contact holdernesshistsoc@yahoo.com

2015 Special Exhibit

Steamboats of the Asquam Transportation Company provided guest transport, groceries, mail and recreational excursions  for many years on Big and Little Squam Lakes. Visit us to see our collection of memorabilia.
Steamer Halcyon 1903


2015 Programs

June 10   7:30 PM at Holderness Historical Society

“Native American History of New Hampshire: Alliance & Survival, circa 1400 – 1700”
David Stewart-Smith

This program begins with the last part of the Woodland Period, when Indians in northern New England were faced with several challenges.  By the time of French and English exploration, strong tribal alliances known as the Pennacook alliance began forming a confederacy of about 16 tribal and family groups that held together through severe climate change, European colonization, devastating epidemic disease, and intertribal warfare.  Passaconaway, chief of the Pennacook, rose to power and placed his family in the mainstream of colonial interaction.  The program concludes with King Philip’s War and events prior to the turn of the 18th century.

July 8   7:30 PM at Holderness Historical Society

“Banjos, Bones, and Ballads”
Jeff Warner

Traditional songs, rich in local history and a sense of place, present the latest news from the distant past.  They help us to interpret present-day life with an understanding of the working people who built our country.  Tavern songs, banjo tunes, 18th century New England hymns, sailor songs, and humorous stories about traditional singers and their songs highlight this informative program.

July 22   7:30 PM at Holderness Historical Society

“Saving the Mountains: NH and the Creation of the National Forest”
Marcia Schmidt Blaine

New Hampshire’s White Mountains played a leading role in events leading to the Weeks Act, the law that created the eastern national forests  With the focus on with the focus on Concord’s Joseph B. Walker and the Forest Society’s Philip Ayres, Marcia Schmidt Blaine will explore the relationship between our mountains and the economic, environmental, and aesthetic questions posed by the individuals involved in the creation of the National Forest.

September 16   7:30 PM at Holderness Historical Society

“Moved and Seconded: Town Meeting in New Hampshire”
Rebecca Rule

Drawing on research from her book, Moved and Seconded: Town Meeting in New Hampshire, the Present, the Past, and the Future, Rebecca Rule will regale the audience with stories of the rituals, traditions and history of town meetings, including the perennial characters, the literature, the humor, and the wisdom of this uniquely New England institution.


Doing genealogical research?  For local cemetery information see site maintained by member Carl Sheperd, website.