Repairs to the Schoolhouse Done Right

We, here at the Centre Harbor Historical Society, have taken a series of pictures to show you the repairs that were required for the schoolhouse this fall.

As you can see, a portion of the back wall was removed. There was an extreme amount of dry rot and some damage from carpenter ants and rodents. There was a temporary fix about 20 years ago, and the only solution was to reconstruct the rotten wall.  There were three windows covered over that were removed. Early estimates were contingent on the hidden damage not  known before the wall was removed. This amounted in a repair bill of $3,337.00.

The grant given by the Meredith Rotary was $500.00. This time we fixed it right! The repair was done with the cooperation of the town selectmen.  As you know, the town owns the schoolhouse, and the Historical Society’s responsibility is to keep it in repair.

Anything you might contribute will help us and it will be tax deductible.


Thank you


Meredith Rotary Awards Grant to Centre Harbor Historical Society

Rotary Grant Presentation

Photo: Left to right. Selectman David Hughes of Center Harbor; David Buffington President of
Meredith Chapter of Rotary International presenting the award to Seth Ira Stearns, President of the
Centre Harbor Historical Society and Brendan Laffey, Treasurer .

Meredith Rotary Awards Grant to Centre Harbor Historical Society

Money to be used for repairs to the Historical Society building.

Center Harbor, NH – The Meredith Chapter of Rotary International awarded a grant of $500 to the

Centre Harbor Historical Society to repair water damage to the Society’s Building. According to Society

President Seth Ira Stearns, “This grant is a lifesaver for us. The Town maintenance budget is especially

tight this year, and our operating budget is very tight as well. These funds will allow us to make the

repairs needed to protect the collection and prevent any further damage.” He added, “We are extremely

grateful to the Meredith Rotary for helping us out.” The award was presented to the Historical Society by

David Buffington, President of the Meredith Chapter of Rotary. He added, “Helping the local community

is what Rotary is all about; we’re delighted to assist the Historical Society.”

Rotary is a worldwide organization of men and women who are business and professional leaders.

The main objective of Rotary is service in the workplace, in the community and throughout the world.

Rotarians develop and support community service projects to address needs in their local communities

and in the international community. Rotary provides humanitarian services, encourages high ethical

standards in all vocations, and helps build goodwill and peace in the world. Approximately 1.2 million

Rotarians belong to more than 31,000 Rotary clubs located in 166 countries. The Rotary motto is “Service

above Self.”

The Centre Harbor Historical Society was established in 1971. The purpose of the Centre Harbor

Historical Society is the collection and preservation of objects and facts of historical interest to the

town of Center Harbor, New Hampshire. They also participate in projects designed to preserve or

improve the town’s historical image. The Town of Center Harbor owns the schoolhouse building and

symbolically “rents” the space to the Historical Society for $1.00 a year. The society is responsible for

the maintenance of the building.

Mt. Washington & World War II (audio presentation)


1 hr 38 min

Photos from the Civil War Presentation

If you missed our July program on the Civil War, you missed a lot!  Presenter Chuck Estano brought memrobilia, paintings, and even had a guard dressed in uniform waiting at the schoolhouse entrance!  Here are a few pictures from that special evening.

Civil War Audio Presentation

Artillery-Civil-War copyThe Civil War Audio Program

recorded July 25, 2013

presenter Chuck Estano



“The Granite Kiss” Audio Presentation

Kevin Gardner explains the history of New Hampshire rock walls, while building them in miniature.

Kevin Gardner explains the history of New Hampshire rock walls, while building them in miniature.

“The Granite Kiss Program,”  52 min 02 sec

Question & Answer Session that followed, 27 min 59 sec