The Ashland Historical Society was founded in October 1968 as a result of the widespread interest in the community’s historical heritage created by the town’s Centennial observance. It has achieved several major accomplishments.
In 1969, Arthur and Ruth Knapp gave the Society the small dwelling of Reuben Whitten, whose charity saved his neighbors from hardship and starvation in the Cold Year of 1816. In 1970, the Society persuaded the voters of Ashland to accept Dr. George Hoyt Whipple’s gift of the Whipple House. The Reuben Whitten House was moved to the Whipple House grounds, where it has been partly restored.
The Society voted to accept the Ashland Railroad Station from Mrs. Vera Curley in 1979 and the Glidden Toy Museum from Mrs. Pauline E. Glidden in 1989.
The Society has also raised funds for the construction of the Squam River Covered Bridge in 1989-1990, 2021 and the restoration of the Civil War Monument in 1999-2000.
During the spring, summer and fall, the Society sponsors programs on local, regional and state history. Programs are open to the public. Admission is free. Donations welcome.
The Ashland Historical Society invites anyone interested in the history of Ashland or the Society's museums and activities to become a member of the Society. The basic memberships are $10 for an individual and $15 for a family. Those willing to support the Society at a higher level have the option of joining at membership levels with annual dues of $25, $50 or $100. Download form at bottom of page.
Businesses and organizations are also encouraged to support the Ashland Historical Society with an annual business sponsorship of $25, $50 or $100. Download form at bottom of page.
Donations of money are always welcome, as our museums, programs, events, research and projects always need funds. Donations of money can be made by checks payable to “Ashland Historical Society” and mailed to PO Box 175, Ashland NH 03217. Donations to the Glidden Toy Museum, which has a separate treasury, can be made by checks payable to “Pauline E. Glidden Toy Museum” and mailed to Pauline E. Glidden Toy Museum, PO Box 14, Ashland NH 03217. Download form at bottom of page.
The Ashland Historical Society has no paid staff and must depend on volunteers for the operation and maintenance of its museums and collections, for its programs, exhibits, research, projects, fundraising and other activities. Therefore, volunteers are always welcome. To volunteer for the Historical Society, the Whipple House Museum, Railroad Station Museum, or Whitten House, contact David Ruell, tel. 968-7716. To volunteer for the Glidden Toy Museum, contact Shirley Splaine, tel. 968-7289.
The Ashland Historical Society collects documents, images and items related to the history of Ashland and the region, as well as railroad related items for the Railroad Station Museum. The Glidden Toy Museum will accept donations of toys if they will enhance the collection. To donate items to the Whipple House Museum, contact Sandra Ray tel. 968-7958. To donate items to the Archives or the Railroad Station Museum, contact David Ruell tel. 968-7716. To donate toys to the Glidden Toy Museum, contact Shirley Splaine, tel. 968-7289.
Typically we host four to six programs each year which are open to the public.
Get involved by attending an Ashland Historical Society program. See our events calendar.
Admission is free.