Raymond Historical Society News

Missing Raymond High School Year books Needed - 8-16-19

The Gile School is still looking to complete their collection of Raymond High School year books. They are missing 17 different year books beginning with 1929. The years they are looking for include: 1929, 1943, 1969, 1970 through 1979 and 1980 through 1983.

If you or anyone you know has any of the missing year books, and are willing to donate them to the Gile School, please contact Betty Goldthwaite by email at Goldthwaite.Betty@gmail.com.

250th Souvenir House Date Sign Fundraiser - 6-11-14

The Raymond Historical Society will be selling 250th Souvenir House Date Signs as a fundraiser.

Below is an order form showing three different styles available and the prices range from $15.00 to $20.00 per sign.

The signs are designed and crafted by the Raymond High School students in the industrial arts class. The wood is likely from trees removed over the years at the middle and elementry school properties.

All signs are approximately 7" x 11".

Click on "250th Souvenir House Year Sign order form" to download the order form and print a copy to mail along with your check.






Raymond Historical Society Raffle Winning Tickets Pulled
By Cheryl Killam - 12-16-13

Due to the snow storm on Sunday, Dec. 15, the raffle ticket drawing was held on Monday morning, Dec. 16, at the Historical Society Depot.

There were three raffle prizes: the cord of wood donated by Thomas McGall was won by Merry Letendre; the warm multi-color hand crocheted afghan donated by the Ray-Fre Knitting and Crocheting group was won by Eleanor Cottrelle; and a $25 Hannaford gift certificate was won by Kim Binette.

Historical Society members Betty Goldthwaite, Marge Desjardins and Joyce Wood holding the winning raffle tickets.

Raymond Historical Society Depot Repair Fund Raiser Letter
Submitted by President Diane White - 10-10-13

The Raymond Historical Society is pleased to announce that any donations of $50 to $250 made prior to December 31, 2013 will be matched by an anonymous donor!!

The Raymond Historical Society was founded in 1970 by a handful of members who wished to promote and document the historical research of the town of Raymond. Just three years later, the society purchased the old Boston & Maine depot, believing it was necessary to have a "base operation" in order to preserve and maintain artifacts which may come to the Society. The site now includes the old Gile School House, ancillary museum buildings, and railroad cars situated on tracks of the former Boston & Maine Railroad.

Over the last forty years, the structures have been maintained by numerous fundraising activities by the Society- the sale of bricks for the memorial walkway, raffles, Abigail's Attic Sale and dessert offerings at the Town Fair, pancake breakfasts, and through the generosity of members and former members of the society.

The exterior of the depot is badly in need of work including a new coat of paint, roof repair, refurbishment of the "rolling stock" as well as pavement and landscaping work, the cost being far more than the Society has on hand for this project.

The Society's goal is to raise $50,000 through contributions from members, the community-at-large, and former residents who remain interested in the Society and the Town of Raymond

Please help ensure that the depot belonging to the Society will receive needed refurbishment in time for the town's 250th celebration in 2014 and that it will continue to be one of Raymond's treasured historic buildings for future generations.

If you would like to donate click on Raymond Historical Society Donation Form to print a copy and mail to: Raymond Historical Society, P.O. Box 94, Raymond, NH 03077

Your donation is fully tax deductible and will be acknowledged!

Raymond Historical Society Fund Raiser for Depot Repairs - 9-12-13

The Raymond Historical Society Building Restoration Project fundraiser, as of Sunday September 8th, has reached the $19,000 mark on its fundraising thermometer.

The Historical Society is raising money to repair the Depot roofs and masonry, paint the exterior and complete other various necessary repairs. Their goal is to raise $50,000 to cover the costs of the repairs and have them completed before Raymond's 250th celebration Sept. 13 to 21 2014. These repairs and improvements are vital to the preservation of one of the towns prized historical structures and home to Raymond's history.

Anyone wishing to contribute to the Depot restoration project can send their donations to Raymond Historical Society, P.O. Box 94, Raymond, NH 03077.

The Historical Society is also conducting a membership drive.

Those interested in joining are invited to attend meetings held the 2nd Sunday of the month at 6pm at the Depot located on 1 Depot Road, Raymond, or call them at 895-2866.

The Raymond Historical Society 2013 Annual Pancake Breakfast - 8-2-13

The Raymond Historical Society is delighted to bring to the citizens of Raymond a sumptuous Pancake Breakfast, Saturday, August 24th from 7:30 AM to 11 AM at the Railroad Depot in the center of beautiful downtown Raymond.

The breakfast will include Plain, Blueberry, Chocolate Chip or for a limited time our Famous Red White and Blue (Blueberry with Strawberry Topping and Whipped Cream) Pancakes, Sausage, Juice and Coffee or Tea. Adults will be $6.00 and Children $4.00.

The Raymond Historical Society Museum will also be open to the public during this event.


This is sure to be an exciting start to your day, so if you want to know more about Raymond’s colorful past, the Raymond Historical Society welcomes you to attend. Please join us at the Raymond Historical Society. 

Raymond Historical Society Annual Pancake Breakfast
By Cheryl Killam 8-19-12

Early Saturday morning it was raining lightly but by 7:30 am it had stopped just in time for the start of the Raymond Historical Society's  annual Pancake Breakfast at the depot downtown.  

You had a choice of two or three pancakes and a choice of flavors with a red, white and blue theme.  You could order plain pancakes or chocolate chip pancakes or blueberry pancakes or blueberry pancakes topped with strawberries and whipped crème.

A gallon of real local maple syrup from The Root Sellar in Nottingham was donated by Cheryl Killam, owner of Raymond Area News and the Hot Cake Syrup was donated by Dwight Barnes, owner of McDonalds. You  also got a sausage patty and choice of orange or cranberry juice and coffee or tea. All for only  six dollars per adult and four dollars per child.

Flipping the pancakes were James Vogel, Jonathan Wood and Trevor McManus. Doug Vogel was serving plates with piles of pancakes and cleaning up the tables. Marge Desjarden and Diane White kept the coffee brewing from inside the historical society building.

James took a break from flipping pancakes to eat a few himself. He enjoyed them so much that he was wearing his whipped creme in his hair and on his eyebrows.

The Auclairs, the Browns, the McMullens, the Hilchey/Gagnon couple, the Bemis/Lee couple, Mr. Sparks, Ms. Turcotte, Pastor Bosse, Ms. Ege and the Hammonds came by for breakfast. Approximately $500.00 in donations were collected by Diana Debruyckere.

Unfortunately none of our town leaders, the selectmen or the town manager attended the pancake breakfast to show support for the Historical Society, however it was attended by all but one of the candidates running for State Representative - Kathleen Hoelzel, Mike Kappler, Bud McClard and Frank Bishop. 

The steps to the railroad cars are in desperate need of being replaced and the rail cars need to be re-painted. The historical society building and railroad cars are cared for and run by town volunteers and they need more residents to take an interest in Raymond's Historical Museum.   

Won’t you consider learning about Raymond's interesting history and step up to volunteer  and help keep this organization going? For more information about the Raymond Historical Society contact Diane White at 244-2481 or  Diana Debruyckere at 895-9777.






















Raymond Historical Society
renovations summer of 2013



Raymond Historical Society
Depot Entry



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