The Nelson History Roundtable is an informal group of individuals who have gathered at various times to discuss the history of Nelson. Various members of the group have contributed articles to this website, as well as to the Grapevine II, a community newsletter (print) for Nelson.

The group was particularly active in preparing for Nelson’s sestercentennial celebration, which occurred in 2017. Events related to that were the production of 4 years’ worth of calendars, and the post card project.

Even prior to Covid restrictions, the group seldom has had a regular meeting schedule; however, as we move out of the current restrictions we hope to gather again, to consider future projects, and to explore ways to encourage people, especially younger people, to explore the town’s history.

The most active project currently has actually been going on since 2001 – the mapping of roads and cellar holes. This project is actually ancillary to the group, in that it is the specific initiative of Rick Church and Dave Birchenough. (read more about the mapping project).

If you are interested in being part of this, contact Gordon Peery. We’ll keep you looped in to future meetings and projects. You can also contact Gordon with any technical question or issues related to the site.

For matters concerning map content, roads and cellar holes, contact Rick Church


The Nelson History Roundtable

David Birchenough – map project
Richard Church – map project
Candyce Fulford – ancestral and  Find-a-Grave specialist
Susan Hansel 
Donna Kidd
Elizabeth Williams 
Sam Romano
Gordon Peery – website manager
Susan Peery 
Bert Wingerson – Town Archivist

In Memoriam

Karen Tolman

Karen Tolman left us on August 19, 2020. She was an incredible force in the community in many ways, including the development of this website, and providing articles she had either written or transcribed.  Read her obituary as published in the Keene Sentinel.

Don Bennett (July 6, 1930 – June 23, 2019)

Barbara Bennett (July 1, 1930 – July 7, 2017)

Don and Barbara lived in Munsonville and brought lots of information and insight to our meetings. Don was a regular contributor to Grapevine II, and also contributed to this website.