Memories of Wilmot


Wilmot One-Room School Reunion

At their annual meeting in November of 2016, the Wilmot Historical Society hosted a reunion of former teachers and students of Wilmot’s one-room schoolhouses. Thirty-one students two teachers attended. Liz Kirby, a former schoolhouse student herself, organized the event and Fred Ogmundson served as master of ceremonies. “Alums” came from near and far to attend…

The Birth of Freedom Acres and A Taste of the Wild

In the fall of 1946, Kay White and Donna Niles, veterans of the WWII Women’s Army Corps, left New York city on a vacation to New England and, due to a sick puppy they had with them, spent a couple of days in a friend’s cabin halfway up Mt. Kearsarge to let the puppy recuperate.…

“Memories of Wilmot” with Loretta Rayno

In June of 2014, the Wilmot Historical Society interviewed Loretta Rayno, age 79, who shared stories of her childhood, her experiences in the United States Women’s Army Corps (WAC) after World War II, and her return to Wilmot. Loretta also worked for Freedom Acres for many years, and her recollections may be viewed here.(video below) Transcript in pdf form CreditsInterview…

“Memories of Wilmot” with Jack McAuliffe

In this historical documentary, (see below) Jack McAuliffe shares stories of his youth including taking us back to the Depression when his family drove from California to Wilmot, New Hampshire.Jack tells his guests, Liz Thompson Kirby, Chuck and Jackie Thompson, and Cinematographer Lindy Heim, about many of his experiences in Wilmot in grammar school through…

John Lawrence Rayno

On July 21, 1993, George Peterson conducted an interview with John Lawrence Rayno, a 79-year-old native of Wilmot, at his home on Monument Place in Wilmot Flat. Transcript of interview.

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