Historical option available at 2018 Art Walk

Staff photo by Adam Urquhart The Nashua Historical Society will offer a June Caron Photo Identification Day and tours of the Abbot-Spalding House Museum and Speare Memorial Museum during the 14th annual Art Walk.

NASHUA – The 2018 Art Walk is set for next month and the Nashua Historical Society is once again getting in on the action.

“It’s nice to be able to let people in Nashua know what’s here and see our collection,” administrative assistant Eileen Herring said.

This year, the Historical Society will be organizing a June Caron Photo Identification Day for photographs she collected from 1967 to 1999 while working at the Nashua Parks and Recreation Department. Organizers are looking for the names of people in the pictures and the events in which they are participating.

With the help of members of the public, they are seeking assistance in identifying those in the photos.

“As time goes on, it’s harder to have folks named,” Herring said.

Aside from the photographs, Caron will also have scrapbooks on display for review.

Additionally, the Abbot-Spalding House Museum and Speare Memorial Museum will be open and offering tours from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 13, as well as from noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 14.

According to the Historical Society, the Abbot-Spalding House was a common meeting ground of the famous and influential of New Hampshire. It was the Spalding family home for 73 years until it was purchased by the society in the late 1970s, from Sylvia Spalding.

Also, according to the Historical Society, the Speare Memorial Museum was constructed in 1971-72 through the generosity of the late Sceva Speare, who named it in honor of his wife, Florence Hyde Speare. The museum is home to a wealth of information relating to Nashua’s origin, its evolution into a mill town in the 1800s, its growth as a city, in addition to its transition into a manufacturing and technological center.

Although organizers are looking to have people identified in the old photos, Herring said if not, people can still enjoy looking through them.

The 14th annual ArtWalk Weekend is set for 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 13, as well as from noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 14. in downtown Nashua.

The city will be filled with the works of more than 125 local and area artists, music, entertainment and more.

Adam Urquhart can be reached at 594-1206 or aurquhart@nashuatelegraph.com.