Click here for access to the Catalog of the Cornish Historical Society.
The Society collection, on School Street, is a rich resource for our town, especially the school community, and for anyone wishing to learn about Cornish history. In the database. click on control f to search the collection. The database will continue to be updated and revised. For questions about the database or for access to the collection, contact Laird Klingler at 603-675-6448, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Steve Bobin at 603-675-5513, email@example.com.
CORNISH HISTORY ON YOUTUBE
We also would like to conduct new interviews. If anyone has recommendations for people to be interviewed, please contact us.
CHS has also mounted, with the approval of the Select Board, an exhibit at the Town Office, Second Floor. The collection on School Street focuses on art, history(past history), and the Cornish Colony. As a supplement, the exhibit at the Town Office has a theme of more current history and showcases items relevant to persons presently living in the town. But there is a blend of old and new. Click here for a listing of items on display at the Town Office.
At the Exhibit are two special photographic albums. The first is The Palmer Collection at Saint-Gaudens: Homes in Cornish and Plainfield. The photographs were taken by Tom Palmer, brother of William Palmer, for the 1985 Saint-Gaudens exhibition entitled “A Circle of Friends-Art Colonies of Cornish and Plainfield.” The photographs were scanned at Saint-Gaudens by Steve Bobin, and now the digital images have been uploaded to this site. To see the photographs, click here. The second second album is entitled Old Photographs of Cornish Homes and Buildings, taken from photographs in the CHS collection. To start, we uploaded one:, click here for Haying on Platt Road at the Admiral Folger home, presently owned by Loretta Weitzel. We have added more; click here for other samples from the album, and for the complete album here
Another collection is titled “With Elmer Wood Bartlett on Dingleton Hill.” Cheston and Nancy Newbold took the glass slides done by Bartlett and converted them into digital images and photographs. The photographs are in an album at the CHS Exhibit, Second floor, Town Office. We have also made the digital images available; a sample is available by clicking here. This is a large file and will depend on the speed of your internet connection.
All of the photographs are contained in albums at the Exhibit, Second Floor, Town Office.
Included in our collection is the diary of William Balloch. William Balloch lived in Cornish from 1820 to 1893 and kept a diary of his everyday life. For a transcript of his diary visit our Balloch Diaries page.