Our Meetings

We meet at 7:00 PM in the Municipal Building on Main Street on the first Wednesday of each month (except the months of July and August).  We present programs at these meetings, which are both informative and interesting.  In December we have our Christmas Party which starts at 6:30 PM


On April 03 at 7:00PM in the Randolph Municipal Building, the Randolph Historical Society will have guest speaker Earl McElfresh. Mr McElfresh is the author of Maps and Mapmakers of the Civil War (Abrams, 1999) as well as, map presentations at The Smithsonian, Library of Congress, Harvard Map Collection, National Archives, Warburg Institute in London, Boston Public Library, New York Public Library,Civil War Round Tables, and on C-Span Book TV. His maps have been featured by History Book Club 21 times.

Mr. McElfresh's program will describe and assess the Battle of Stones River, Tennessee. The significance of the admittedly “equivocal” outcome of the battle of Stones River (U.S. Grant himself was later to scoff that Stones River was “no victory”) is that “everything is indeed relative.”  The outcome of Stones River for Union forces, in contrast to their recent genuine military disasters culminating in the Union debacle at Fredericksburg, Virginia, had the relative appearance of victory. Abraham Lincoln claimed unequivocally that had Stones River been another outright Union defeat instead of a somewhat equivocal victory. Lincoln’s being the ultimate authority in such matters has to be regarded as the decisive and definitive opinion in appraising Stones River and its significance in the civil war.


These programs may include historical facts about Randolph and its surrounding area or other historical data.  For example, in the past year we have been enlightened and entertained by several authors of books, enjoyed hearing about Babe Ruth and had the opportunity to actually sit in his automobile, have learned of the area resident who became a king, and learned about eight soldiers who left Randolph together to fight in the Civil War and followed them throughout the War and afterward.


                 MEETINGS  & GUEST SPEAKERS

The mission of the Randolph Historical Society is to educate the public and to collect, maintain, preserve and display for public viewing artifacts of local history from the Randolph Area.