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Jackson Historical Society

23 Black Mountain Road
Jackson, New Hampshire 03846

. . .keeping the past alive

Who We Are

Formed in April 1977, the Jackson Historical Society helps preserve the history of Jackson, New Hampshire. The Society maintains collections of historical artifacts, maps, books, and documents.

JHS location in Old Town Hall

It also features 19th century art of the White Mountains with a permanent collection of paintings as well as an annual show and sale of White Mountain art.

The Society is located in the former Jackson Town Hall, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is a non-profit, membership-based organization led by a dedicated group of volunteers who strive to preserve and remember the past.

Come Visit Us!

We hope you will visit our historic displays, use our archives for your research, and enjoy our 19th century collection of White Mountain art. We are open Saturdays and Sundays from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. or by appointment.

Special Summer Months beginning Memorial Day
    Fridays from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    Sundays from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. or by appointment.

Come Join Us!

Become a member by clicking here or become a volunteer by clicking here.


A History of Jackson Books Have Arrived

Alice Pepper's History of Jackson books have finally arrived from the printer. Alice will be signing them this week, starting with books for those who have prepaid.

The Society will be open Sunday, May 19 from 11:00 to 3:00 and books can be picked up. The hard cover book is $65.00, the soft cover $45.00. The History of Jackson Part I is also available for $25.00. The Society accepts cash and checks, but not credit cards. Books can be purchased from the Soociety when it is open and from the Merchandise page.

If you have the 2015 edition and would like an index, we can email you a PDF file of the index. Request this from Jackson Historical Society.

New Curator Joins the Society

The Jackson Historical Society is delighted to announce that Bob Cottrell will be working at the Society for four hours on both Fridays and Saturdays. Bob is a scholar of Mount Washington Valley with long museum experience. He is currently the curator at the Henney History Museum in the Conway Public Library, where he will continue to work. He is past executive director of the Remick Farm Museum in Tamworth and comes with a lengthy and impressive resume.

This will be the first time in the Society’s history that it has not been run entirely by volunteers. We are looking forward to his help cataloging books and our archives and organizing our collections.

Current Events

Art Sale

The 21st annual White Mountain Art Sale is now running. There are over 60 items from private collectors, primarily 19th century paintings, but also contemporary paintings and memorabilia. Items are available for purchase as they arrive, so check the catalog often. The art sale will continue through the holidays. Paintings come and go frequently.

The art sale is the Society’s major fundraiser. The consignor of a painting gets most of the sale price, but our small commission has paid for investing over $250,000 renovating the Town Hall; over $50,000 to dismantle the Trickey barn, which the Town was going to demolish to make way for the Whitney Center, then donating the timbers to the Library; paying for the chairs in the Whitney Center; paving the parking below the Town Hall before we were tenants; and many other projects.

Please contact info@jacksonhistory.org to consign artwork or learn more about the ongoing sale. Visit the Art Sale page to find out what items are for sale.

Upcoming Events and Talks

Katharine's Remarkable Road Trip: May 19, 4:00 p.m.
Katharine Prescott Wormeley

A presentation on the life and legacy of Katharine Prescott Wormeley (1830-1908): philanthropist, Civil War nurse, educator, author, and renowned translator of dozens of French novels.
Katharine was born into affluence in England and emigrated to the United States at the age of eighteen. Fiercely independent and never married, she volunteered as a nurse on a medical ship during the Civil War, before founding a vocational school for underprivileged girls. A lifelong friend and trusted confidante of landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, she was a philanthropist, a hospital administrator, and the author of The Other Side of War: 1862, as well as the noted translator of dozens of novels written by French authors, including Moliere and Balzac. She is included in History’s Women: The Unsung Heroines; History of American Women: Civil War Women; Who’s Who in America 1908-09; Notable American Women, A Biographical Dictionary: 1607-1950 and A Woman of the 19th Century: Leading American Women in All Walks of Life. Katharine owned three homes on Thorn Hill Road in Jackson. Her last home is now the Inn at Thorn Hill
In Olmsted’s novel, which takes place in 1907, Katharine decides to drive from Newport, Rhode Island, to her home in Jackson, New Hampshire. Despite the concerns of her family and friends, that at the age of 77 she lacks the stamina for the nearly 300-mile journey, Katharine sets out alone. Over the next six days, she receives a marriage proposal, pulls an all-nighter, saves a life or two, crashes a high-society event, meets a kindred spirit, faces a former rival, makes a new friend, takes a stroll with a future movie mogul, advises a troubled newlywed, and reflects upon a life well lived; her own! Join her as she embarks upon her remarkable road trip.

Gail Ward Olmsted was a marketing executive and a college professor before she began writing fiction on a fulltime basis. A trip to Sedona, Arizona inspired her first novel Jeep Tour. Three more novels followed before she began Landscape of a Marriage, a biographical work of fiction featuring landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, a distant cousin of her husband’s, and his wife Mary. After penning a pair of contemporary novels featuring a disgraced attorney seeking a career comeback (Miranda Writes, Miranda Nights), she is back to writing historical fiction featuring an incredible woman with an amazing story. Watch for Katharine's Remarkable Road Trip on June 19th. For more information, please visit her on Facebook and at Gail Ward Olmsted
Following the presentation and Q&A, the author will read from Katharine’s Remarkable Road Trip. Signed copies will be available for sale.