Brookline, NH Steeple Repair 1979/1980

Brookline, NH Steeple Repair 1979/1980. The Steeple on the Church of Christ in the center of town had been deteriorating for years and it took years to complete the repairs. A gift of Sid Hall, Jr. and the Hall Family with original footage shot by Sidney Hall, Sr. For more Brookline, NH History, pick up your copy of “Nestled Here”, The latest Brookline Town History to be published.

Brookline, NH 1957 Soap Box Derby Races

Brookline, NH 1957 Soap Box Derby Races. A gift of Sid Hall, Jr. and the Hall Family with original footage shot by Sidney Hall, Sr. For more Brookline, NH History, pick up your copy of “Nestled Here”, The latest Brookline Town History to be published.

Brookline, NH 1960 & 1963 Church Fair

Brookline, NH 1960 & 1963 Church of Christ, Village Fair. A gift of Sid Hall Jr. and the Hall Family with original footage shot by Sidney Hall, Sr. Watch the children’s competitive carnival games, the doll carriage & bicycle parade and some great scenes from Brookline Village from 60 years ago.

Brookline, NH 1963 PTA Winter Carnival

Brookline, NH 1963 PTA Winter Carnival. A gift of Sid Hall, Jr. and the Hall Family with original footage shot by Sidney Hall, Sr. For more details on the Brookline Winter Carnival History, pick up your copy of “Nestled Here”, The latest Brookline Town History to be published.

Brookline, NH Drum & Bugle Corps, circa 1952

A great movie detailing one of the many performances of the Brookline, NH Drum & Bugle Corps. We believe the date is around 1952. A gift of the Sidney Hall, Sr. Family.

Brookline, NH 1969 Bicentennial Parade & Celebration!!

The only known footage from the 1969 Bicentennial Parade & Celebration. A gift of the Sidney Hall, Sr. Family. A real gem – Enjoy!

Rare footage from Brookline 1941!

The BHS in collaboration with the Brookline Fire Department are proud to present this footage. A gift from Jeri Beck, the daughter of Alpha and Rita Hall, this short films offers a rare glimpse of Brookline in 1941.

The Brookline Speedway

The Brookline Speedway operated between 1957-1965. The one quarter mile track was believed to be the fastest in New England when it was constructed. The proposed races on Sunday’s led to much debate amongst the townspeople. Hear from Brookline’s own who experienced the raceway first hand.

The story of the BHS Barnaby House, a video created by the BHS!

Learn about the Barnaby House and one of its most notable inhabitants, Florence Barnaby. The story of when and how it was moved from its original site to its current location on what’s left of the Town Common is told. The more recent endeavor of building the post and beam BHS Barn addition is also chronicled. Hear directly from Donald J. Barnaby (Florence’s nephew) in his own words what he remembers about his grandparents, his parents, Florence and the home that is now the BHS meeting place.

The new Brookline Town History is complete.

ORDER NOW! Price: $35.00

Bring cash or check to the Town Hall, ask for the Town Administrator and pick up your book at the same time.

Books can also be mailed for folks who are not local. Include the full mailing address and an extra $5 for each book with your order form. Send order form and payment to the address on the form and we will take care of the rest!

Nestled Here is not an academic work. Reading it is more like sitting on a bench in front of the village store, chatting with an avuncular old-timer, and watching the traffic go by.”

– from Dustjacket

Nestled Here Companion Index is $10.

“Do you want to look up a family member, an ancestor, a friend, or even yourself in the pages of Nestled Here? Would you like to find every reference to a favorite place of yours, such as the Old Railroad Snack Bar, the Brookline Speedway, Daniels Academy Building, or a wildlife sanctuary? This comprehensive index of proper names and places is an indispensable companion to the town history.”

back cover quote

About Us

A group of Brookliners interested in town history formed the Brookline Historical Society in 1980.  A formal constitution and bylaws were established in 1981, and Articles of Agreements were filed with the state in 1982.  The “Incorporators” in that document were Marcia Swift, Ann Webb, Sharon Lincoln, Marcia Farwell, Jack…

The Barn Project

The indefatigable Clarence Farwell first formally raised the issue of building an addition off of the back of the Barnaby House in 2005.  It was an idea which he, along with countless volunteer hours and generous donations from scores of people, would make a reality six years later.  In 2010…

Support us by sponsoring a personalized brick in our new walkway!

Click here for the PDF form!

Ice trade

In 2008, member Joe King informed the BHS of his underwater archeology work at the bottom of Lake Potanipo.  Mr. King recovered scores of ice harvesting equipment.  He would cut…