Newbury's 2017 strategic plan, called Envision Newbury 2027, put forward the goal of creating a town history. In contrast to surrounding towns, Newbury does not have a comprehensive town history publication.
In the fall of 2018, the Newbury Historical Society proposed a plan to the Selectboard that would help with the goal of creating a town history. The Selectboard created a Town History Committee and appointed three members of the Society (Paula Falkowski, John Lyons and Bill Weiler) and charged them with determining the feasibility of this project. The Selectboard expressed support in principle of the goal of creating a history of the Town of Newbury.
The Town History Committee explored the history publications of other towns and found three that had recently been written and published; Rochester, Canterbury, and Newport. They found those publications professional and through. The author of the first two histories expressed interest in helping with the Newbury project.
While the Committee was studying the feasibility, the Selectboard was preparing a warrant article for the 2019 town meeting that requested some funding for the book. Town meeting voted against the request. In response, the Committee voted to continue work on the project while investigating funding possibilities.
There will be many opportunities for the community to participate in the project. Starting in the summer of 2019 an Oral History Committee will be formed and interview a number of long time Newbury residents. Other committees could include research, publicity, and fund raising.
It is an exciting time as we look back at over 250 years of our town's growth to find our roots. You can help make history with a gift to support this project. Donations payable to the Newbury Historical Society, marked book support, may be sent to P.O. 176, Newbury, NH 03255. You may also wish to contact John Lyons at 938-5398 or email@example.com to talk about your support options.