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Bench Dedication

by on September 11, 2017 in Home Page

Nelson Library Dedicates New Benches

The Olivia Rodham Memorial Library has been the recipient of two beautiful teak benches to welcome guests. On September 9, library trustees and patrons gathered to honor the donors. One bench was donated by Linda Singer in memory of her father, Herb Singer, who died earlier this year. Greg Rothman offered heartfelt comments and stories about his father-in-law, who spent the last five years of his life in Nelson, living with Greg and Linda and volunteering at community suppers and other events. A matching bench was given to the library by the Friends organization. Donna Kidd, president of the Friends, said proceeds from the annual book sale and membership fees go toward buying books, the new bike rack recently installed beside the library, and this year, the bench.

The trustees of the library thank Richard Popovic for his hard work installing the benches and the bike rack, Rob Germeroth for placing the dedication labels, the energetic Landscaping Committee for their work in beautifying the library grounds, and everyone who has contributed to the book sales and other activities of the Friends.

The Geological and Cultural History of Mount Monadnock

by on September 9, 2017 in Home Page

Saturday, September 16th at 11am

The Geological and Cultural

History of Mount Monadnock

An interpretive program presented by the NH Parks

Concerning the geologic processes that formed the mountain,

the traits that make it unique, and some notable history including events

people that climbed it or wrote about it

and its significance for the Abenaki

 Admission is free.

Fall Library Events

by on September 7, 2017 in Home Page, Library

2017 Fall Library Events in Nelson

Coffee hour with pleasant conversation: Every Saturday 10am – 11am

Every Thursday Volunteer Group: 3pm-4pm and Knitting Group: 4pm-6m

Cookbook Book Group- Monday Sept 11th – 11:30 am

Come join us for a potluck using recipes from cook books byNancy Harmon Jenkins. These books explore Meditteranean cooking. On October 2nd we will use the cookbook Forks over Knives by Dell Srouf.

The Geological and Cultural History of Mount Monadnock  An interpretive program presented by the NH Parks, SCA (Student Conservation Corps) speaker. Concerning the geologic processes that formed the mountain, the traits that make it unique, and some notable history including events, people that climbed it or wrote about it, and its significance for the Abenaki. Saturday Sept. 16th at 11am

Monthly Book Discussion, Monday, at 10:30 am September 18thCircling the Sun by Paula McLain. Historical fiction about the life of Beryl Markham. October 16th: Americanah by Adichie

Movie Night 6pm (movies to promote discussion and inform):  Point of View, Wednesday Sept . 20Th, Iris pairs the late documentarian Albert Maysles (Grey GardensGimme Shelter), then 87, with Iris Apfel, the quick-witted, flamboyantly dressed 93-year-old style maven who has had an outsized presence on the New York fashion scene for decades. More than a fashion film, the documentary is a story about creativity and how a soaring free spirit continues to inspire. Iris portrays a singular woman whose enthusiasm for fashion, art and people are her sustenance. She reminds us that dressing — and indeed, life — is nothing but a grand experiment. “If you’re lucky enough to do something you love, everything else follows.”

Discover Your Ancestors with Ancestrylibrary.com, a hands on class with Elizabeth Williams  Saturday, October 14th , 11am

The Frost King and the Gilmore’s Nubanusit Legacy – a history exploration with John Wengler, Saturday, November 4th, 11am

For more information call the library at 847-3214 or email library@townofnelson.com.Check out our website at http://townofnelson.com Free to use in the library ancestrylibrary.com.

Free downloadable ebooks and audiobooks at the library on Overdrive.

DMV notice

by on September 6, 2017 in Home Page, Town Government


The DMV in Concord will be doing a software upgrade during the first 2 weeks of October which will greatly limit the service that we can provide for Nelson residents on October 10, 2017. Therefore, we have adjusted our hours to better serve you. Our hours for that week will be:

Oct 10 – Tuesday 9 to noon (non vehicle business only)

Oct 12 – Thursday 9 to noon and 4 – 7 pm

Please read the Press Release below:



CONCORD, NH – The NH Department of Safety, Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will implement a new driver licensing system in October to replace the current system originally implemented in the 1980s. Implementation of the new system will require the closure of all DMV offices on Monday, October 9th and Tuesday, October 10th and will temporarily limit some services.

Customers are encouraged to complete DMV transactions regarding driver licenses and registrations in advance of expiration dates if they expire during the transition period. In the days following implementation of the new system customers may experience longer than usual wait times and are asked to plan their visit accordingly.

Save time by completing forms in advance of your visit. Answers to frequently asked questions and forms are available at the DMV website at www.nh.gov/dmv.

During the transition:

  • Town Municipal clerks will not be able to process the state portion f vehicle registrations from Friday, October 6, through Tuesday, October 10.
  • Online services, including Online Drivers License Renewal and Online Ticke Pay, will not be available from Wednesday, October 4, through Wednesday, October 11.
  • Ticket pay by phone will not be available on Monday, October 9, and Tuesday, October 10. To pay a ticket by phone on another day during normal business hours, please call 1-800-272-0036.

Farmers Market

by on August 29, 2017 in Home Page

Nelson Town Hall Concert

by on August 29, 2017 in Home Page

Ice Cream Social and Band Concert


 ​Gather on the lawn of the Nelson Congregational Church on Sunday, Sept 3 for an Ice Cream Social with the Nelson Town Band from 3:00 – 4:30 pm.

There will be ice cream sundaes for $5 including ice cream, homemade chocolate and butterscotch sauces, fresh fruit, an assortment of toppings, and whipped cream.

Bring a lawn chair or a blanket to enjoy the music. For more information, call 847-3424.

Nelson Town Hall : Masters of Scottish Song

by on August 10, 2017 in Home Page, Uncategorized

Night Tree

by on July 31, 2017 in Home Page, Music

Colonial-Inspired Kitchen Door Garden

by on July 15, 2017 in Agriculture, Home Page, Uncategorized
If you haven’t had a chance to visit the Colonial-Inspired Kitchen Door Garden behind the library, now is a good time to do so.
Borage flowers are blooming and honeybees have discovered them and we have four Swallowtail caterpillars enjoying the dill plants. Keep an eye out for the caterpillars or their pupa once they mature enough to transition into a butterfly.

Small native pollinators are enjoying the Chamomile and Calendula flowers. The Nasturtium are blooming and spreading.
Volunteers are showing up in the garden. No not volunteers weeding, though those would be welcome. We have a volunteer Borage growing from between the Forget-me-nots and Purslane springing up near the Chamomile.  You might be interested in the fact that Purslane is an edible and can be put into salads, while you are adding to your salad, throw in some Calendula petals and Nasturtium and Borage flowers!

Dry Calendula petals and make a salve for dry cracked skin in winter. (seeds are available in the library)

Enjoy the photos from this weeks garden. Notes from Val of Ag-Com.

July Paddle with the Trail Committee

by on July 11, 2017 in Home Page, Nelson Trail Group

Another Magical Day on the Great Meadow – brought to you by the Nelson Trail Committee.

17 paddlers in 11 kayaks and 2 canoes made their way from Nubanusit to Harrisville Pond Sunday afternoon, July 9th. The group consisted of young and old, Nelsonites and friends from Hancock and Antrim. The weather was perfect, the company was great and the water was running strong. We made our way over and around many beaver dams as the water level changed.  We surprised a deer in the Great Meadow, a buck with two velvet points on each side. He jumped up about 20 yards in front of the lead kayaks  and bounded away. Later another deer, a doe, swam across the stream in front of us and posed on the bank while several of us got a good look at it. Thanks to Dave Birchenough for organizing another great trip.


R.P. Hale

by on July 5, 2017 in Home Page, Life in Nelson
Prints of Nelson at the 250th celebration.
The first edition will be of 100, signed and numbered, and will go for $20 per print.  Upon selling 35 prints (to cover the engraving and materials),
I will start sharing the proceeds with you for the historical society or some such local effort.

Nelson’s 250th

by on July 3, 2017 in Home Page


Nelson 250th Program

Check out this link for the 250th schedule for July 8th. Commemorative mugs, platters and glass ornaments will be on sale in the town hall. Proceeds will be donated to the town of Nelson.

Celebrate Nelson’s 250th

by on June 25, 2017 in History, Home Page, Uncategorized

The Nelson 250th Anniversary Committee invites the community to an all-day celebration of the town’s history on Saturday, July 8th. Activities begin at 10 AM and continue until 7 PM.

The Ebenezer Hinsdale Garrison Re-enactment Group will provide a living history “day in the life” of ordinary folks from the time of the early days of Nelson. Wearing traditional clothing of the mid-18th century, they will demonstrate such things as cooking over an open fire, sewing, embroidery, making a broom, making a basket, butter churning, candle dipping, children’s games, music, demonstrating what a soldier or scout would carry, and possibly even musket firing.

There will be an exhibit of Things Made and Used in Early Nelson from clothespins to samplers at the Old Library.

R. P. Hale, Colonial Printer, will be operating an antique printing press and selling wood-cut prints.

From 3 to 5 PM, there will be an Ice Cream Social ($5.00 to benefit the church) and Town Band Concert on the Nelson Congregational Church lawn.

Beginning at 5 PM, a Colonial Dance will be held in the Nelson Town Hall taught by Allison Aldrich Smith, Mistress of Dance. Music provided by Hunt Smith and R. P. Hale on instruments of their own making. Period dress encouraged but not required.

All ages are welcome. Admission is free. More information is available at http://nelsonhistory.org.

Click on this link  Celebrate Nelson’s 250th  to see all the events planned for the celebration of the founding of Nelson.

A Brief History of the Ukulele with Stuart Fuchs at the Nelson Library

by on June 14, 2017 in Home Page, Library, Music

 11 am Saturday March 19th , 2016

The tiny ukulele is enjoying a gigantic worldwide revival. It’s an affordable, portable, and easy-to-learn instrument, and a simple way to bring music into your daily life.  Join Stuart Fuchs for a short history and demonstration of the ukuleles versatility and joyful sounds.  Stu will share stories from many of the great characters from the ukuleles glorious evolution and also play music from Hawaii, J.S. Bach, Blues, Rock n Roll and Jazz.  He will be joined by his sweetheart & musical partner Sarah Carlisle on upright bass.

Click below for ukulele chords:


Summer Solstice Celebration

by on June 13, 2017 in Home Page, Uncategorized
Larry Ames 
Monadnock Folklore Society

Colonial – Inspired Dooryard Garden

by on June 8, 2017 in Ag Com, Home Page, Promote

The World of Wild Brook Trout

by on June 8, 2017 in Home Page

The World of Wild Brook Trout

Olivia Rodham Memorial Library

June 17, 2017 at 11:00 am

The World of Wild Brook Trout will be presented in the library by Walter Ryan from NH Fish and Game Department. Here about the natural history of the brook trout and what biologists are learning about the species through on going research.







Free and open to the public.

Garden Tour on Saturday, June 17th

by on May 28, 2017 in Ag Com, Home Page
In celebration of Nelson’s 250th birthday and with our theme of “A Sense of Place”, several gardens will be open to Nelson residents, their family and friends each offering a piece of an amazing garden tour. The gardens represent their owner’s unique and personal creative spaces.
Chopin waltzes by pianist Linda Singer at Sally and Bill Coughlin’s at 11:00 and then later at her home at 19 Breed Pond Road at 2:30.
Snacks and beverages at Linda’s and at Martha and Maury Collins’ at 521 Old Stoddard Road.
There are fliers and maps available at the Nelson Library containing number keys to find each of the gardens.
Balloons will mark driveway entrances:
➋ Sally and Bill Coughlin – 26 Lead Mine Road
➋ Linda Singer & Greg Rothman – 19 Breed Pond Road
➌ Priscilla Williams – 510 Lead Mine Road
➍ Rebecca Henderson & James Morone – 580 Nelson Road
➎ Laurie and Jonathan Smith – 25 Greengate Road
➏ Kathleen Vetter & John Zurich – 97 Nubanusit Road
➐ Martha and Maury Collins – 521 Old Stoddard Road

Tour 10:30 am – 4pm. Pick up maps at the Nelson Library, which is open 10 am to 1 pm. Click here for a printable map: Nelson Garden Day map

Quigley Exhibit

by on May 17, 2017 in Home Page