Croydon Historical Society - Croydon, New Hampshire

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About the Society
In 1999, the official organization of the Croydon Historical Society was established after years of collecting and documenting by dedicated individuals in our town. Through these efforts, we now have a membership of individuals continuing the interest to preserve and record the history of the Town of Croydon. We meet February - June, September - December, check meeting tab for exact times. Our Samuel Morse House Museum, in the town center, is open Sundays (or by appointment) during July and August from 1-4pm. During these times there are house tours, exhibits, and demonstrations. We recognize our town veterans in November with a free dinner and our oldest living resident holds the "Croydon Cane".
Antique Wallcovering Reproduction Presents on May 8th
The Croydon Historical Society program in the evening on May 8th, 6:30 PM
at the Croydon Town Hall at 879 Route 10, Croydon will be a presentation
by an antique wallcovering reproduction expert from Newport, NH., Laura
McCoy.  Brief annual meeting will begin at 6PM.

Laura McCoy was born in Indiana where she grew up in a small town on the
banks of the Ohio River. Her home was in the “historic section” of town
and her federal style brick home complete with balcony and ghost pre-dated
the Civil War.

Laura’s family business was an interior design studio and art gallery
located in an historic former bank building. She worked in that business
from an early age and was exposed to all of the best high end sources for
wallpaper, fabrics and furniture. The beautiful colors, patterns and
images and creative atmosphere excited and nourished her artistic talent.

She studied Art, Interior Design and English Literature and graduated with
a Bachelor of Arts from University of Indiana at Bloomington. Laura worked
as an interior designer until she had the opportunity to move to the East
Coast and work for a wallcovering company that had their design studio in

Laura had to start at the bottom of the wallcovering design business and
work her way up to the position of Stylist. As a result of her early
experience and training she was styling lines of wallcovering within three
years. She loved both the art and the technical side of the business and
spent a lot of time supervising production at several different printing
plants across the country. She worked on different product lines from
commercial to mid range residential and finally high end wallpapers.
Ultimately she was in charge of a famous historic document-inspired line
and felt that she had found a home for her talents.

She grew to love the beautiful original wallpapers that she found in
archives and old homes. However the more she learned about authentic
historic design the less she saw of it in the high-end residential retail
market. She wondered where the people who wanted to “really do it right”
were going to find a source for accurately executed historic wallpapers.
She decided that Laura Mc Coy Designs Inc. would be that source.

Laura started her company with a vision for truly custom service and the
highest quality of wallpaper reproduction possible. She calls herself a
“wallpaper archeologist” because she combines all of the available
evidence which she uncovers in the process of her extensive research with
her artistic talent and her vast experience to piece together the visual

This winning combination has produced over 125 wallpapers for dozens of
museum houses as well as private clients across the United States. She has
further broadened her technical experience by working with six different
types of printing in three different countries.

She has styled wallpaper collections for Katzenbach & Warren (The
Athenaeum of Philadelphia Vol. I and II). She has also worked as a special
consultant for several well known companies including Scalamandré,
Brunschwig & Fils, and Thibaut.

Laura Mc Coy’s work has won several awards including best product design
award for CT ASID and the ASID CT Chapter Award for Excellence in 2007.
Her work has been published in numerous periodicals including Preservation
Magazine, Antiques Magazine, Antiques and Fine Arts, and has been featured
on television most notably on  HGTV’s Old Homes Restored.

She speaks about the history of wallpaper design and production in general
and her business in specific by request. Some of her most notable speaking
engagement venues have included Winterthur, The Cooper Hewitt, National
Design Museum and Colonial Williamsburg.

After over twenty years working in her career in the Fairfield County area
of Connecticut, she moved her home and business to beautiful New Hampshire
where she continues her work with her museum and private clients. She   is
also working on a web-based retail wallpaper business that will bring the
beauty of her museum quality reproduction wallpapers to a wider clientele.

You may contact the Croydon Historical Society through email or call

See Events/Meetings or call 863-5353.

Contact the Croydon Historical Society

Town of Croydon NH

879 NH Route 10, Croydon, NH 03773

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