Meredith Historical Society compiles book of vignettes

Released just in time for the holidays is a new book by the Meredith Historical Society titled “Morsels of Meredith History: Assorted Musings and Vignettes.”

Released just in time for the holidays is a new book by the Meredith Historical Society titled “Morsels of Meredith History: Assorted Musings and Vignettes.” Courtesy

By RUDY VANVEGHTEN

Meredith Historical Society

Published: 12-06-2023 3:59 PM

MEREDITH – Long before Archie Comics creator Bob Montana settled in town, he wowed local residents with his artistic talents as a child. Tales of Bear Island’s legendary “Aunt Dolly,” Nichols added local color to a 19th-century steamboat travelogue. Instead of a “Curse of the Bambino,” it might have been Babe Ruth’s wife who cursed the Boston Red Sox, keeping them from winning World Series championships for 86 years.

These and other stories are now compiled into a new publication released by the Meredith Historical Society, just in time for the holiday season.

“Morsels of Meredith History: Assorted Musings and Vignettes” features over a dozen captivating essays by historians John Hopper and Rudy VanVeghten that also delve into such topics as the town’s origins, Meredith Neck’s intriguing history, and a local 1780s petition for secession.

“This is a must-read for local history enthusiasts,” said society president Karen Thorndike, “and it makes an excellent stocking stuffer. Readers of Morsels will uncover the debate over ‘Centre Harbour’ or ‘Senter Harbour,’ and explore profiles of notable residents like Eleazer Bickford, Leander Pynn, and others.”

This and a selection of other books about Meredith’s unique history are sold in the museum at 45 Main St., which is open for holiday shopping on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“Morsels of Meredith History” is the latest project helping the historical society fulfill its mission to preserve, develop, and promote the knowledge and awareness of the unique history of Meredith, N.H., to all interested parties.

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