In 1982, Grace, her Serene Highness, the Princess of Monaco died in an automobile accident. Prince Rainier died in 2005 after a reign of 56 years, during which time he did much to reform the economic and political well being of his principality. Princess Stephanie, after a career as a singer and fashion model, is now very involved in international charities. In 1993, the United States issued a Grace Kelly postage stamp — the first actress to be so honored.
Rick Holmes is the official town historian of Derry and plans to hold office hours at the municipal center. He is the former chairman of the Derry Heritage Commission. Several of his books on local history are available at Mack’s Apples and Derry’s libraries.