3 Disasters that shook Nashua, NH – Leadership Greater Nashua Explores Nashua’s History

3 Disasters that shook Nashua, NH – Leadership Nashua Explores Nashua’s History

The Leadership of Greater Nashua (LGN) class of 2020 would like to sincerely thank the Nashua Historical Society Museum for hosting our first Nashua lesson, and sharing our city’s historical background! We were fortunate to hear from volunteer and retired Nashua History Teacher Ralph Sommese who took us through the origins of what we now know as Nashua, NH. We were also treated to a tour by one of the Society’s Historical Curators Beth McCarthy of the historically restored Abbott-Spalding House, home to Nashua’s founder Daniel Abbott and later on home to  prominent banker William Spaulding. The home is circa 1802-1804, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and is located at the top of Main Street in historic downtown Nashua.

Many of our LGN members are from the Greater Nashua area but did not know the full extent of the devastation that Nashua residents faced in the 1930s. Three major events drastically changed the face and landscape of Nashua and its residents over less than a decade. 

1930 Crown Hill Fire

1936 River Flooding

1938 Massive Hurricane 

The Florence H. Speare Memorial Museum not only recaps these events but houses priceless photos displaying the devastating damage during a time when homeowner’s insurance did not exist. The Museum also details how the city’s resilient people came together to rebuild a stronger and poised-for-success Nashua. Several of the rooms in the Museum display themed historical artifacts that change over time to exhibit collections by members, period apparel, furniture, and various historical artifacts and tools. 

The LGN team highly recommends a visit to Nashua’s one and only Museum if you have not had the pleasure of visiting yet! As stated by the Greater Nashua’s Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Tracy S. Hall “We hope that 25 years from now it will be our class photo on the walls of the Nashua Historical Society Museum representing individuals who made an impact on Nashua”.

October marks the second meeting of the LGN’s 2020 class coming together to begin our Leadership training and development. This is the 25th class to be hosted by the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce “gaining a comprehensive and in-depth overview of the various elements of the greater Nashua community”. We are looking forward to meeting, networking, and ultimately impacting the Nashua area. 

Interested in shaping the future landscape of Nashua?  Join Leadership Greater Nashua in 2020-2021!




Leadership Greater Nashua October Lunch is provided by: Boston Billiard club and Casino