Limrik editor honored
Work to digitize town publications earns him recognition
ANTRIM — The recipient of the Community Citizen Award — awarded each year at the N.H. State Grange’s yearly convention — Lyman Gilmore, an Antrim resident since 1964, learned what a rich community he lives in is once he began meeting people through community involvement. Now, the State Grange is recognizing his efforts to preserve a bit of town history.
“When you move to a rural New Hampshire community, you’re not local for 50 years,” Gilmore said in an interview Monday.
Gilmore, who is now 80, spent the majority of his first 20 years in Antrim working as the head of the English department at the former Nathaniel Hawthorne College in Antrim, which closed in 1988. After four years at Hawthorne, Gilmore began teaching at New Hampshire College, working there from 1968 until 1970. After Gilmore retired in 1990 following 20 years as chair of the Education Department at New England College, he said he was able to experience the community more.
“Once I retired, I got interested in the local community,” Gilmore said. “I’m a literary person, so I thought the library was a good place to start.”
Gilmore was elected as library trustee for a number of terms. He was also a board member of the Antrim Historical Society and, through this participation with the organization, he became interested in the Historical Society’s publications. With historical information and pictures, Gilmore published two books for the town, one titled “Parades and Promenades,” the story of Antrim’s history up to the 1970s, and a historical photo book titled “A Stroll Down Main Street.”
Another of Gilmore’s contributions to the community is his continuing service as the editor of Antrim’s quarterly newsletter, The Limrik. He wrote for the Limrik for 20 years and has been the editor for seven. Before Limrik, Antrim had its own newspaper, The Antrim Reporter, which began around 1870, and Gilmore has digitized every issue and made them available for the community. Gilmore said anyone who wants to read these old newspapers can go to the James A. Tuttle Library, where every issue is saved to library computers. Gilmore also completed digitization of 21 years worth of Limrik newsletters, an achievement the Antrim Grange recognized earlier this year with the title Citizen of the Year. Being involved in one’s community can be very rewarding, Gilmore said. “I’ve learned what an extraordinarily rich community Antrim is with so many extraordinary human beings. I’m surprised endlessly by people I meet, and how many people I didn’t know. There’s a nice mix of all sorts of people.”
State Historian for the State Grange, Richard Patten, said in an interview Monday that Gilmore clearly deserved this award for service. “It’s very extraordinary what he’s done. He was the overwhelming choice to win,” Patten said.
Patten was the person who nominated Gilmore for the state award. Patten said each grange in the state submits a yearbook to the state grange officials in the fall, and upon reading Antrim’s yearbook and learning that Gilmore won the Antrim Grange’s Citizen of the Year award this year, he knew Gilmore should be nominated and gave the yearbook with a two-page tribute on Gilmore to the state award judges for their consideration.
In the Antrim Grange’s yearbook, a tribute was written for Gilmore that said he had recently completed the digitalization of every issue of Antrim’s Limrik newsletter from the first issue in 1992 through the most recent September issue.
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