Thornton Historical Society
Preserving the Past,
Remembering Our Roots
The Thornton Historical Society was established to:
*bring together those people interested in the history of Thornton, NH;
*discover, collect, and preserve artifacts and printed materials that
illustrate the town's history;
*disseminate historical information and awaken public interest in
Whether you live in our beautiful town of Thornton, NH or just visit occasionally,
we cordially invite you to join the Thornton Historical Society.
Click here for a membership form.
The Thornton Historical Society meets on the first Wednesday of every month
(April - November) at 7:00 pm at the Thornton Town Hall on Merrill Access
Road. Meetings are open to the public.
New members and volunteers are always welcome.
Find out how you can get involved!
Check out our newsletters: 2011 2012 2013
Copyright 2012 Thornton Historical Society
16 Merrill Access Road
Thornton, NH 03285
Thornton, New Hampshire
All Presentations & Meetings are held at 7pm at
Thornton Town Hall - refreshments served.
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Dr. Lourdes Aviles
Dr. Lourdes Aviles, an associate meteorology professor at
Plymouth State University will be giving a presentation
on the Hurricane of 1938 and extreme weather in New
England. Dr. Aviles’ new book,Taken By Storm, 1938, A
Social and Meteorological History of the Great New
England Hurricane will be referenced and she will have
copies available to purchase.
The Great New England Hurricane, also known as the
“Yankee Clipper” and “Long Island Express,” made
landfall in the northeastern United States in September
1938—long before the advent of radar, satellite imagery,
or other advanced meteorological technology. By the time
the U.S. Weather Bureau learned that the Category 3 storm
was on a collision course with Long Island, it was too late
for a warning. The infamous storm caused widespread
destruction from New Jersey to Quebec, claiming an
estimated 682 to 800 lives. It remains the most powerful
and deadliest hurricane in New England’s history.
Dr. Aviles also has a new panel exhibit entitled The Great
Blowdown which is currently on display at the Museum of
The White Mountains in Plymouth.