October 05. 2017 11:53PM

Londonderry seeks new historian, Boston Post Cane recipient

Union Leader Correspondent

LONDONDERRY — Londonderry is looking to fill its town historian position for the first time in seven years.

Town Manager Kevin Smith said Londonderry has not had a town historian since 2010 and, with the Town Council’s blessing, hopes to have the position filled by the end of the year.

The volunteer position has been open since Marilyn Ham stepped down after five years as town historian.

Appointed by the Town Council, the historian assists in researching official town records and offers insight into famous people, places and events within the community.

Smith said he expects the town to place a notice in the newspaper next week.

Londonderry residents interested in filling out an application may contact the town manager’s office at 432-1100, ext. 120. If there are enough candidates, the council will hold public interviews before appointing a new historian.

“The Town Council will make the final decision,” Smith said. “I think we’d like to get someone in place by the end of the year. We’re not in a rush to do it, but I think we’ll have someone in place by then.”

Officials are also looking for nominations for the oldest living resident to be the next recipient of Londonderry’s Boston Post Cane.  

A New England tradition, the town’s cane dates back to 1909.

Former Boston Post publisher Edwin Grozier distributed 700 canes around New England to go to the oldest male in each city or town and, upon the death of the cane recipient, the cane was to go back to the municipality until awarded to the next qualified male. A few years later, women also became eligible for the cane.

To qualify, nominees must have a documented birth certificate, and a passport or voter registration. They must have been a resident of Londonderry for at least 30 years. Officials are also looking for someone who has contributed to the town or neighboring community, or is an active member in a local nonprofit organization.

Applications should be submitted Nov. 1 to the town manager’s office at 268B Mammoth Road, Londonderry, NH 03053.