Zachary Lunt of New Hampshire Wood Flooring is refinishing the original historic wood library floors. He mentioned to me that his Great-Grandmother Margaret Lunt had been a librarian here. I found her in the library history. According to Filling the Void by Rudy VanVeghten, Margaret Pynn Lunt was hired in 1922. He said, "I am thrilled to be bringing back the floor she originally walked on. I'm walking on the same floor!"
In case you missed the big news, here is a media round-up!
A huge thank you to the community for all of us at the Meredith Library. We could not do this without your support.
Don't forget two very important upcoming events:
February 29 at 11AM: Library Building Project Update @the Community Center
March 11 at 7PM: Town meeting is at the Inter-Lakes High School auditorium. The library building renovation/expansion project will be on the warrant for vote.
The Meredith Oral History Project is live! You can now listen to all of the interviews that we have conducted thus far and read the full transcripts!
Just visit the following link:
If you would like to participate in the Meredith Oral History Project and do an interview with us, please call the Meredith Library at (603) 279-4303 and ask for Matthew or Linda.
On July 4, we opened the fifty-year-old time capsule that was buried in the library front lawn! Hundreds of people gathered together to celebrate Meredith history on a very hot day!
The items pulled from the capsule will be preserved and displayed at the Meredith Historical Society at a later date.
To see our photo gallery of the event, CLICK HERE.
A full list of items in the time capsule is under the read more break!
Every family has some skeletons in their closet. When it comes to Benjamin Smith -- the donor of the historic Meredith Public Library building -- he may have had a little more than he reckoned. After some inquiry into his Mudgett relatives (His mother being Mary Mudgett Smith), it was discovered that: "Benjamin M. Smith is a third cousin once removed to Herman W. Mudgett (better known as H. H. Holmes). The nearest common relative is John Mudgett (b. 17 Dec 1700 in MA) and Susannah Scribner (b. c 1746 in Brentwood)." We thank Ray Scriber for this information.
H.H. Holmes is best known as a notorious serial killer, originally from
Gilmanton, NH, who did most of his nefarious deeds during the Chicago's World Fair in 1893. He is sometimes known as America's First Serial Killer and his crimes were recently detailed in the wildly successful book Devil in the White City by Erik Larson (and soon to be a film staring Leonardo DiCaprio).
It just goes to show the incredibly varied individuals that make up a
family tree - both good and bad.
For more information, visit these links:
The Official page for the Erik Larson book Devil in the White City
Variety: Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese Reunite for 'Devil in the White City'
A Documentary Film on Holmes, entitled: America's First Serial Killer
A Little Bit about the History of Meredith Public Library and Benjamin Smith
An Earlier Blog Post About Benjamin Smith's Donation to his Parent's Legacy
We've already gotten a few candidates as to who our "Mystery Man" may be and it's time to size them up.
Our list thus far is as follows:
1. Bainbridge Wadleigh: A US Senator from New Hampshire who lived from 1831-1891. He was born in Bradford, NH and a Lilian Wadleigh worked at the Meredith Public Library for a time.
2. H.H. Holmes (aka Herman Webster Mudgett): A notorious serial killer born in Gilmanton, NH. Best known for his crimes in Chicago during the World's Fair as written about in Erik Larson's book The Devil in the White City (with an upcoming movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio as the infamous man himself!).
3. Daniel Burnham: Architect associated with the World's Fair of 1893 in Chicago. The same World's Fair where H.H. Holmes wreaked his havoc.
Could any of these personages be our man? They all certainly have the mustache for it. What do you think? We need your detective skills! Feel free to submit more photos, information, anecdotes, etc for comparison of any of these "suspects" in our mystery. Don't think it's any of these men: feel free to tell us who you think it is!
The Librarians and Library Aides of the Meredith Public library: Erin, Chris, Matthew, Karen, John, Cherie, Joyce, Jessica, and Linda. Please check out our Staff page for more information.