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Thank you for visiting our new site. We are working hard to bring you the history of our town through original documents, photographs and research.  

We would like to encourage anyone who may be "sorting their collections" to consider donating them to the Town's historical collection.  If you are uncertain what to do with items or have other historical questions, please feel free to contact us.  

Celebrate with us!


The New Durham Historical Society is also celebrating its 25th anniversary with many interesting events that will be hosted throughout the year. More details on the planned activities can be found here.

We also just released our anniversary stemless glasses and they are now available to purchase!
See below for details.

News Release July 8, 2016

New Durham Historical Society is Celebrating its Silver Anniversary

Twenty five years ago a group of likeminded individuals encourage former Town Historian Eloise

Bickford to organize a Historical Society for New Durham. The country's Bicentennial celebration had

brought a renewed energy... continue

Clayton Randall and his team of Devon cattle during the New Durham’s 250th Birthday Parade, courtesy photo.

New Event Coming Up April 13!


When traveling west on Old Bay Road in New Durham, toward Farmington, have you slowed down to look at the cattle grazing alongside the road wondering what breed they were? Guest speaker Clayton Randall will present a program on his Devon Cattle, hosted by the New Durham Historical Society, Thursday, February 9, beginning at 7pm at the New Durham Public Library. The Devon is one of only a few truly triple-purpose cattle breeds, being valued for meat, milk and draft. Randall is very active with the Yankee Teamsters 4-H working Steer Club. Randall has deep roots in this community, a descendant of Moses Randall, a founding settler in New Durham’s early history. All meetings are open to the public. For additional information, please call Catherine Orlowicz at 859-4643.

Upcoming Events

For details, go to our Events & Activities page.

February 09, 2017

February Meeting

Please note the New Durham Historical Society Meeting scheduled for Thursday Feb 9th has been postponed to April 13 due to the predicted snow storm. 

April 13, 2017

April Meeting

Guest speaker Clayton Randall on Devon cows, 7pm at the New Durham Public Library.

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Civil War Memorial Scholarship

The 2017 deadline for consideration is August 31, 2017, and all completed applications need to be mailed to

the address listed on the application (download the 2017 version here).

Students need to be residents of New Durham, NH between the ages of 17 and 22 and high school seniors (or equivalent or holders of a GED).

A brief essay titled "How the Civil War has made a difference in the Year 2017" and a brief paragraph stating their reason for attending college and why they feel they should be the recipient of this scholarship is required with their completed application.

The Historical Society and the Charles Canney Civil War groups will select the winning application from all the valid ones submitted for consideration during the 2017 Encampment. The encampment is scheduled for the first weekend in October.

Applications submitted on earlier version of this form, and/or incomplete will be deemed invalid for consideration.

Encouraging Interest in the History of New Durham

More information on New Durham taverns coming up.


More information on New Durham cemeteries coming up.


More information on New Durham maps coming up.

Join Us

Join us and become a member of the New Durham Historical Society!

Everyone is welcome to join and attend our events. Click here for more information on annual membership dues and meeting times.

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