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Legendary Locals of Hudson and Mason and Hamlin Reed Organ Restoration

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Revised March 17 – Lower shipping costs.  $3.90 for 1 book; $5.10 for 2.

The Hudson Historical Society is participating in the Book Launch of Legendary Locals of Hudson on Sunday March 22, at 2:00pm at Rodgers Memorial Library.  Please come, join us and purchase your copy of the book.

cabinet organ comp

The Historical Society is fortunate to have two Mason and Hamlin reed organs in their collection.  The oldest of these is a cabinet style which dates to about 1840 and given to the society in 1980 by Victoria (Ladner) Smith. It was owned by Lois Alzira Smith of the Glover and Smith Family.

1850 organ comp

The second organ was the very first organ used by The First Baptist Church here in Hudson and it dates to the mid 1850’s when it was purchased by/for the church and played by Dr. David O. Smith.  It was donated to the society by Mrs. Leighton Drown in 2007.  The exterior of this organ is in excellent condition thanks to the wood restoration efforts of Mr. Drown many years ago.

Our goal over time is to have both of these organs restored to playing condition.  You have an opportunity to help with this restoration by purchasing your copies of Legendary Locals of Hudson from the Historical Society.  The cost is $22.00 per book and ALL proceeds from books purchased from the Society will go towards the renovation of these organs.  A goal of $6,500 has been set for this project.

Books can be purchased at the Book Launch on March 22.    After that time purchase can be made at the Hills House at 211 Derry Road Thursday mornings 9-12 through April.  Checks are accepted and should be made payable to Hudson Historical Society.   If these times are not convenient send email to HudsonHistorical@live.com  or call the society at 880-2020 to place your order.  Books can be mailed for a shipping charge of $3.90 for a single book; $5.10 for two books.   Include shipping costs in your check and mail to P.O. Box 475, Hudson, NH  03051.

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