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Four Lost Richard Whitney Portraits Return to Cheshire County

November 19, 2013
Keene, NH

Presentation to Community on December 13, 2013 at 2:30 pm at Local Hospital and Clinic

Community members, dignitaries, and guests are welcomed on December 13th at 2:30 pm to Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s (CMC/DHK) Auditorium at 580-90 Court Street, Keene, to view four lost Richard Whitney portraits of prominent Monadnock area businessmen, circa 1948-1978. The event is free and open to the public and light refreshments will be served.

CMC/DHK and the Cheshire Health Foundation (CHF) are excited and honored to display a portrait of Honorable Harry Lichman, who is the namesake of the CHF’s Harry Lichman Society for Planned Giving. Judge Lichman bequeathed a multimillion dollar charitable trust to CHF to underwrite care to the uninsured. The son of Ukrainian immigrants, Harry was a lifelong resident of Keene, serving the city he cherished as City Solicitor, Judge of Probate, school moderator, city councilor, county attorney, Navy veteran of WWII, and Rotarian. He also served in the NH State Legislature as the first Jewish lawmaker. The Harry Lichman portrait will be on display at the CMC/DHK Court Street campus in tribute to Judge Lichman’s generosity. 

The Cheshire Health Foundation is presenting the other portraits to organizations with historic connection to the men captured in the paintings:

  • John E. Gurnsey, owner of N.G. Gurnsey & Company in Keene and co-owner of Beech Hill Hospital will be presented to the Historical Society of Cheshire County
  • John Supple, of Dublin, and founder of Beech Hill Hospital, will be presented to the Dublin Historical Society
  • Michael G. Mann, co-owner of Beech Hill Hospital, will be presented to the Marlborough Historical Society. The town of Marlborough is also the childhood home of artist Richard Whitney.

All four gentlemen served on the Beech Hill Board of Directors. Beech Hill, a specialized drug and alcohol treatment facility in Dublin that closed in 2001.

Many individuals and organizations are to be thanked for the opportunity to display and share these portraits across Cheshire County, including:

  • Paul Zoulamis, Hampton, NH resident and antique collector, who contributed the portraits to the Cheshire Health Foundation to “properly return them to the Monadnock Region where they belong.”
  • Internationally-acclaimed Artist, Richard Whitney of Stoddard, NH, who recalls painting the portraits, and helped identify them as officers of the Beech Hill Hospital Board of Directors.
  • Additional research and identification provided by the Historical Society of Cheshire County.
  • Karen Lyle of Creative Encounters, Keene, who donated cleaning and restoration services.

Since 1892, CMC/DHK, a nonprofit hospital and clinic, has been blessed with the generosity of countless citizens who have remembered the hospital through their estate plans. The return on those caring and thoughtful investments is evidenced in the patient stories whose lives have been saved or changed by those gifts.

About The Cheshire Health Foundation
The Cheshire Health Foundation is a 501(c)3 charitable organization supporting Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene, the community’s nonprofit hospital and clinic. Our mission is to lead our community to become the nation’s healthiest through our clinical and service excellence, collaboration, and compassion for every patient, every time. To learn more, call 603-354-5400 or visit www.cheshiremed.org.
About the Historical Society of Cheshire County
The Historical Society of Cheshire County is dedicated to collecting, preserving and communicating the history of the southwestern New Hampshire.  Incorporated in 1927, the Society offers feature exhibits, publications, an extensive research library, operates the Wyman Tavern period house, and presents more than 120 public programs annually.

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