By Cindy Ryherd
The Austin Room
The Austin Room (pictured) was named/dedicated as part of the 1999-2000 renovations and accessibility addition. Named after Genevieve Hunt Austin (Jan Squires mother, Jim Squires mother-in-law), she moved to Hollis to be closer to her daughter and son-in-law and the 1970s and joined the church in the 1980s. She loved children and taught confirmation classes and Sunday School for over a decade at the church and volunteered in other church activities. The Austin Room is located on the bottom floor to the left as you enter Hardy Hall from the hallway. While the room is not new, the 2020-2021 Building Our Vision renovations resulted in the room becoming a flexible space that teens could call home, but also provide storage for the kitchen and a waiting area for functions such as the spaghetti supper and blood drives when needed. Now with a teen focus, the room has always been used for children, starting as a Nursery and becoming a Christian Education classroom over the years. This room has also been used for the Christmas Fair Fashion Boutique for many years.
BOV Renovations Changes to the Austin Room:
- An old, dark utility closet was removed and two, new, brightly-lit closets with considerable shelf space (and some hanging space)
were added to provide additional storage for the kitchen next door.
- The leak in the wall adjacent to the cemetery was repaired.
- New flooring was laid and fresh, bright-colored paint was put on walls.
- New ceiling/lighting and new windows (the old windows were quite drafty), making the room lighter and brighter.
- All new teen-inspired furniture and decor were purchased as part of the “housewarming” fundraising.
- A big-screen TV and gaming system was installed
About Genevieve Hunt Austin
Genevieve Hunt Austin (1908-1998) is laid to rest next to her husband, Dr. Eugene Austin (1910-1962), in the West Part Cemetery of New London, NH. Her gravestone inscription reads “She cherished her family and always bloomed in the place she was planted.” in reference to the many places she lived, made an impact, and was loved by those who knew her. In addition to the Austin room named after her, her memory is kept alive and loved by family, friends, and church parishioners, including her son-in-law Dr. Jim Squires, and Jim and Jan Squires children: Jim Squires, Anne Scarano, Martha Hummer, and Marc Squires.