Nesmith Library

Windham, New Hampshire

2021 Sesquicentennial

The year 2021 marks 150 years of Nesmith Library in the town of Windham, in our various forms and locations! Thank you for helping us to celebrate all year long.

Please visit our 150 Years of Nesmith Library page for full details of our ongoing activities.

Read our newsletters for articles and features from the year:

July Nesmith News print newsletter

May Nesmith News print newsletter

Save the Date: Nesmith Library Update email newsletter

(Subscribe for email updates, biweekly!)

Nesmith Library and our Sesquicentennial Celebration were also featured in The Windham Independent, The Derry News, The Eagle Tribune, and on Windham Community Television!

We are celebrating throughout 2021 with dispatches from our History Room in the form of social media posts, articles, displays, and more:

  • Throwback Thursday (3/25/2021): On May 17, 1955, Windham Town Clerk Olin J. Cochran was in a gunfight at his home, memorialized in a scrapbook in our History Room.
  • Throwback Thursday (4/29/2021): Annual Reports for the Town of Windham and Nesmith Library show a March high, May low trend in annual circulation, which it turns out is still reflected in current years! 
  • Throwback Thursday (5/27/2021): On May 24, 1939, the Squalus submarine incident and rescue was the biggest headline on the Manchester Union (a former title of the Union Leader), as memorialized in our collection of New Hampshire's Front Pages in the History Room. 
  • HAPPY BIRTHDAY (6/21/2021): Happy Birthday, Nesmith Library! On June 21, 1871, Nesmith Library formally opened in the small room in upper Town Hall.
  • Throwback Thursday (6/24/2021): The 150 year history of Nesmith Library spans three buildings in the center of Windham: Town Hall, the Armstrong Building, and our current building atop the hill of the town complex.
  • Video: Happy Sesquicentennial, Nesmith Library! (7/22/2021) A big THANK YOU to the Austin family for making this incredibly cute video about our Sesquicentennial and upcoming celebration on Saturday, September 18!

  • One Month Update (8/18/2021): Here is our planned schedule for Saturday, September 18!
    10 AM: Comments from Honored Guests, including Library Director Sylvie Brikiatis, Board of Trustees Chair Karen Moltenbrey, NH State Librarian Michael York, and NH Representative Bob Lynn
    11 AM: Windham Community Band
    11 AM-1 PM: B's Tacos food truck
    11 AM-2 PM: Self guided tour, scavenger hunt, and a children's craft
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