This non profit library contains a great variety of materials pertaining to the history and families of Pelham collected over a lifetime by Pelham Historian William T. Hayes and reproduced in digital format and placed on a website designed and created by Karen Genoter, Director of Computer Services for the Pelham Historical Society.
While this library is still in its infancy, it has already received an award for being the largest most comprehensive single town on line history and genealogy library in the State of New Hampshire. Based on the library's current paper holdings, the on line digital library will increase five fold over the next five years.
The Society invites you to Tour the Historical Society Building
Over the past several years, the Historical Society has worked hard to restore some of the building’s interior and create a display of a small portion of our collection. We invite you to experience some Pelham history.
Old Home Day
The 250th Anniversary book “Reflections”
The Pelham Historical Society has established the Ruth Sherburne Sturrus Art Gallery.
Ruth Evelyn Sherburne was born on January 6, 1919 and shortly thereafter was adopted by Ernest G. Sherburne and Mary (May) Hillman Sherburne. Several paintings, by Mary (May) Hillman Sherburne, were donated by Ruth Sherburne Sturrus, a generous benefactor of the Pelham Historical Society.
First Congregational Church
Dedicated on December 28, 1842
Map of Pelham, New Hampshire - drawn by Mary "May" Hillman Sherburne in nineteen hundred - with contemporary names
Mary "May" Hillman Sherburne, a daughter of Frank Hillman and Alice Greeley Hillman was born in 1888 and died in 1978 at the age 90. In her later years she was a noted local artist. Several of her paintings were displayed at the Art Exhibit held at the Pelham Public Library June 15, 1996. At age 12, she prepared this map of Pelham, possibly as part of a school project.
The Pelham Historical Society is an independent nonprofit organization. It is not a state-funded agency. All of The Society's programs and services are made possible by membership dues and contributions from people like you.