Nelson In Common Update February 16, 2022

The Penguin Plunge

Kathy Schillemat used her apparently robust powers of persuasion to entice three friends from Keene to join her in the Penguin Plunge in Granite Lake last Saturday. This was part of a statewide fundraiser for the Special Olympics New Hampshire (see article from NH Magazine). Jen Pepin has the story, complete with a scream-filled video!  Dive into the article .  .  . 

Nelson History Group Formalized

A fife and drum corps in front of the store on the Common, circa 1885. The house in the background is where the library now sets. The hill behind it is Osgood Hill, sometimes known as City Hill.

Many New England towns have historical societies that provide for the research and publication of topics of local history, as well as events surrounding that. While Nelson has the official Town Archives (impressively developed and maintained by Bert Wingerson), much of the ongoing research, and events pertaining to our Town’s history have been accommodated by informal ad hoc groups. This was the case when Nelson was moving towards our sestercentennial (in 2017). There were frequent gatherings in people’s living rooms. A lot of planning went into a summer of celebration, including the development of the Nelson History website, which has continued to provide a rich and ever-growing body of content pertaining to Nelson history. But there was no official organization. Nelson In Common has now agreed to sponsor a Nelson History Group as part of our mission of community enrichment. This will function much like the Trails committee, which can receive and spend funds through Nelson In Common, and whose events and activities are supported through promotional efforts. A separate financial subaccounting is provided: money for trails (and now history) is managed in accordance with how much has been designated for that purpose.

This eliminates the need for a Nelson History Group to form a separate nonprofit entity, and it enriches the mission of Nelson In Common. It will provide a formal home for the Nelson History website (which has been under an individual’s private ownership).

In the coming months look for more information about gatherings and projects for the Nelson History Group. Meanwhile, if you’d like to be part of this, simply let us know ( and we’ll start creating the informal membership of the Group.

Visit the Nelson History website. 

Party of the Sun
See Through

Press Play below to hear this new song. 

Party of the Sun is a folk and psychedelic band from New Hampshire, led by Nelson songwriter Ethan McBrien and producer/multi-instrumentalist Rory Hurley.

Here’s their latest release for your listening pleasure.

More about Party of the Sun

Out Standing In Their Field

Each week when we publish new content on this website, articles from the previous week are retained and displayed on the home page of the website. You can also look at the index of Weekly Updates to see what’s gone on before.

This week we’re suggesting that you revisit Val’s fabulous article about sheep farmers in Nelson. This is partly because it’s a good read (really – we’re not trying to pull the wool over your eyes), but also because a number of people have added comments which are in themselves very interesting and informative.

Review the Article .  .  .  

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