Founded in 1937, the Alstead Historical Society (AHS) is dedicated to the preservation and conservation of the historical heritage of Alstead and surrounding towns, and to the education of children and the general public about the region's history.
The Society maintains a museum in the Maybelle H. Still Memorial Building, an 1844 Universalist Church, that contains extensive collections of late 19th and early 20th century artifacts of cultural and social significance to Alstead. Items include textiles and artifacts of local commercial enterprises, including tin utensils manufactured in Alstead, photographs, documents, farm implements, and glassware that represent various aspects of life in a typical small, rural, hill town in southwestern New Hampshire.
The Society has a small publications program and offers for sale copies of "Alstead through the Years: 1763-1990." Alstead Historical Society, Alstead, New Hampshire, 537 p. ($30.00 plus shipping)