Slide Shows

NEW: The History of Cote-Reney Lumber Company, Grantham’s Oldest Continuously Operating Business

This slide show was the basis for a Historical Society meeting program on July 17, 2010. Both the slide show and talk were developed and presented by Ken Story, GHS president. The Reney family dates their start in Grantham to the turn of the 19th century and continues to exist into the 21st century, albeit in modified form. Ken’s talk focused on the importance of the lumber company to the town’s economy and as an employer over the years as well as a resource after disasters such as the 1938 hurricane. (Some logs from that disaster are thought to still be at the bottom of Stocker Pond.) Reney and Cote family members attended the presentation and contributed their personal stories of the lumber business and past times in Grantham. Contact GHS to see the slide show.

Draperville – Its Grantham History

The GHS program – "Draperville – Its Grantham History" -  was a success – so much so that the meeting was moved from the GHS building to the Grantham Town Hall to make room for all the attendees. Allen Walker and Ken Story discussed Draperville, Grantham's company town in the early 20th century (part of Eastman now includes Draper land). Exhibits, slide show and a recording are available at the Grantham Historical Society on Dunbar Hill Road. A PDF of the slide show is available by clicking here: Draperville slide show

Grantham Mountain Fire of 1953

Grantham Historical Society remembers the Grantham Mountain fire of 1953. Do you? Stop in at the historical society to see some old and new photos of the fire, read some interesting facts about the fire and, best of all, sign our “Memory Book.” We want you to write, briefly or not, about memories you have of the fire.

Too young to remember the actual fire? Maybe you heard stories from your family or friends about the fire? Tell us! The “Memory Book” is a three-ring binder with loose leaf pages. If you wish, you can write your memories at home on your own paper and then bring it to the historical society. A PDF of a slide show detailing the fire is available by clicking here: Grantham Mountain Fire

Allen Walker Testimonial

Allen Walker was honored for his many contributions to Grantham at gathering of more than 60 well-wishers at the Town Hall on Sunday, Sept. 19. The historical society hosted this event as our way of saying thank you to Allen upon whom we rely for so much of the town's memory. Tributes were given by State Senator Matt Houde and Grantham Selectman Warren Kimball. GHS Vice President Bob Champagne and President Ken Story praised Allen for his many contributions to our community. Allen served as an aviator during World War II and upon returning to his Grantham birthplace after his retirement, held several town positions. In recognition of his heavy involvement and leadership in the Grantham Historical Society, he was recently elected president emeritus. Allen narrated a "This is My Life" slide show, composed by Craig McArt, to close out the program. A PDF of the slide show is available by clicking here: Allen Walker Testimonial.

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