Trustees of the Windham Museum
The Trustees of the Windham Museum are comprised of three (3) individuals appointed by the Board of Selectmen to three (3) year terms. Residents interested in volunteering their time as a Museum Trustee are encouraged to contact the Town Administrator.
The Trustees are charged with the development and oversight of the recently established Town Museum. The Museum is located in the historic Armstrong Building at 3 North Lowell Road, and will house purchased, recovered, and donated artifacts of Windham's past. Currently serving as Trustees are:
About the Museum:
Although it is not apparent from the outside, there continues to be a lot of activity inside the Windham Museum in preparation for a permanent opening. You may recall that, several years ago, the interior of the Armstrong Building was restored as closely as possible to its original state. Since then, the Museum Trustees, Dennis Root, Kim Monterio, and Jean Manthorne have been working to restore the Museum artifacts and create displays to showcase and secure these historic items. The final stage of the project, which must be completed prior to the official opening, is the cataloguing of the entire collection using a software system called Past Perfect, which is specifically designed for museums. Members of the Windham Historical Society have been using their monthly meetings to catalogue artifacts in the collection.
The Museum’s collection comes primarily from four sources, and originated over a century ago with a collection of artifacts gathered by the Antiquarian Society. The Society was active from 1900 to 1908, and its purpose was to “solicit and collect articles of historic and antiquarian interest, to be preserved by the town.” The sixty-six artifacts in this collection were stored for years in the basement of the Searles School, and their restoration has been a lengthy but rewarding process.
Museum Trustee Dennis Root has scanned/enlarged seventy-five antique post cards from his personal collection, which have been matted for display, that depict a wide range of historical images of Windham.
Alan Campbell’s family has loaned the museum seventy-five books, along with old town reports, a bookcase, some antique eyeglasses, and an old typewriter. Among the books on loan are several Campbell family diaries.
Finally, the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), Molly Stark Chapter, contributed artifacts which were directly related to Windham’s history when the DAR Museum in Derry closed. Overall, the Windham Museum's current collection is quite extensive, and as Trustee's we look forward to sharing it with the residents of Windham.