The Nelson History Group, sometimes known as the History Roundtable, started as an informal group of individuals who gathered at various times to discuss the history of 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.

Over the last 20 years there has also been a project led by Rick Church and Dave Birchenough;  the mapping of roads and cellar holes, which eventually resulted in the Historical Map on this website. (read more about the mapping project).

In the winter of 2022, Nelson In Common, a local community nonprofit, adopted the Nelson History Group as an official committee. This creates wonderful opportunities to engage more people, and to have an organizational structure already in place which provides for financial management, and which opens the door for grant applications, and more.

If you are interested in being part of the Nelson History Group,, 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 Group

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 and general coordinator
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.

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409 Old Stoddard Rd
Nelson, NH 03457

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