Welcome to the New Market Historical Society
We are dedicated to increasing public understanding and enthusiasm for our local history and preservation. Our mission is to provide a central location, where we can store, introduce, interpret, and stimulate the study of local history. Our goals are to tell Newmarket’s story, preserve its local artifacts, and sponsor historical events and educational opportunities. Please consult our program of events for exact dates, times, and locations for our meetings and events.
The public is always welcome to attend our educational meetings, which are free except for select special events.
Donations are always welcomed and greatly appreciated!
The New Market Historical Society recently began a family genealogy section with information supplied by town residents over the years, as well as those created through our own research. People from across the country have contacted us looking for family connections and have submitted their own family trees as well, which are now housed in the Stone School Museum.
We welcome all our members and visitors to share their family stories of journey and struggle.
Check our events page for a schedule of our 2019 programs
Judge J. Bartlett Griffin’s rolltop desk, which for decades was the invoice-covered anchor in Griffin’s Hardware Store on South Main Street …
and a very large 1880s conical antique screw rack which was also used for over 100 years at the Griffin’s. Both items were donated to the Stone School Museum by Rolfe Voltaire, former owner of the hardware store.
We are pleased to announce that Proulx Oil and Propane, 1 Simons Lane, Newmarket was the sponsor for our August Fund Raiser, the Sunday Afternoon Tea held at the Town Hall on August 4th.
—- Another Newmarket Business, Chinburg Builders, has generously donated funds in our efforts to acquire new artifacts and preserve those manuscripts, diaries, letters, and articles already in our collection.
Patty Shorland, an instructor and volunteer at the Center in Exeter, NH will outline the many services available to our members and the public.
Located at 55 Hampton Road, The Family Genealogy Center is affliated with the Church of Latter Day Saints, and the staff will will assist in family searches of the various data bases that can be accessed from the Center.
Their mission is to provide help and support for the town and family histories in Rockingham County, NH and nearby areas. The Center is open to everyone and basic services are free, with just a minimal fee for printing and scanning. They are a branch facility of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, UT and offer free access to many premium subscription websites through the FHC Portal on all of their computers.
Besides online searches the Center offers classes and workshops as well as one-on-one assistance in family research.
Newmarket residents Mr. and Mrs. David Smith also volunteer at the Center, and David has been video taping our “Tell Us Your Story” sessions at the Newmarket Library this summer.
The Polish Experience — The first Poles migrated to Newmarket during the late 1880s - early 1890s, but few stayed. They tended to move on to other Polish communities in Chicopee Falls, Lawrence, and New Bedford where employment was available and family networks were established. However, by 1910 several Polish families had established themselves in town.
Later on, two factors would encourage increased Polish immigration—the New England textile industry’s cash incentives for employees who brought trained family members to work in the cotton mills; and the poverty and devastation in Poland, caused by the Great War.
photo: Polish men in traditional costume, at the Ross Farm, 1927See all events
The Stone School Museum, built in 1841, as a two-room schoolhouse, and now home to the New Market Historical Society, is located high upon Zion’s Hill on Granite Street. Hours of operation are in our program of events and are on our web page and Facebook. If you need further information, please call 603-659-3289 and leave a message or via email at email@example.com. Your inquiry will be returned as soon as possible.
$17 for members, $19 for non-members
Books available and can be purchased on line with PayPal—or contact us via email at
If shipped — an additional shipping & handling fee of $4 applies.
All proceeds from the sale of this book by the New Market Historical Society help the preservation of our collection.
We greatly appreciate your membership and donations, and look forward to seeing you at our meetings and events. Members receive free admission to all our meetings and non-members can attend most meetings and events for free. Please make it a point to introduce someone new to one of our events.