2014 Summer Exhibit



Along the River: Exploring Community Connections



New Hampshire's people settled its rivers and built communities for over 10,000 years.  They found shelter, food, water power, paths for travel and communication, and places to work and play that connected their lives.  Seven local museums explore the fluid relationships between natural and human communities in the Warner and Contoocook River watersheds in collaborative exhibits and programs during the summer of 2014.  These rivers connect us to nature, to our history and to each other.

Participating museums include the Bradford Historical Society, Hopkinton Historical Society, The Little Nature Museum, Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum, New Hampshire Telephone Museum, Sutton Historical Society, and Warner Historical Society.

Exhibits include The Little Nature Museum, which will share examples of plants and animals found along the river, and the Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum, which will explore Native American uses of these food resources in a joint exhibit at the Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum.  The rich history of the area’s mills will be found at the Bradford, Hopkinton, Warner and Sutton Historical Societies and the New Hampshire Telephone Museum.  Travel and recreation on the rivers will be highlighted at the Hopkinton Historical Society and Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum. The New Hampshire Telephone Museum will share photos and stories of natural disasters along the rivers and how communication was affected. All exhibits open May 1. 

Accompanying the exhibits is a  diverse array of programs and hands-on activities including lectures, outdoor experiences, history walks, a concert and an historical re-enactment. The Bradford Bog People will perform in Bradford in May.  Talks include Native American fishing, mill history, covered bridges, fish habitats, invasive species, 17th-century maps and natural disasters. Sutton will offer a living history reenactment in August.   Plans also call for mill walks, cider making, water testing, and a canoe trip on the Contoocook.  You can even win prizes by visiting programs. 

For the full schedule with dates, times, locations and contest information see http://www.AlongtheRiver.org.




Regular exhibit hours are Tuesdays from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.  Escape the summer heat and enjoy our air conditioning! All events are held at the Upton Chandler House Museum at 10 West Main Street.