Welcome to the Hooksett Historical Society

Home of Hooksett Historical Society

This Exciting site will provide you with  information on the Hooksett Historical Society and about interesting facts about the History of Hooksett . 191 years strong.

Look at the various pages for town and society events, photo’s and archival items.  Each page will give you a unique look into our history, its buildings, its people and its life.

Enjoy! Join the Hooksett Historical Society and become part of Hooksett History. Contact the society if you are willing to help at openhouses, inventory or organizing our collect.  Theres many things that can be done.  

The header photo is taken from a circa early 1900′s postcard which depicts the railroad trestle with the old wooden passenger bridge ( in background) on the Merrimack River in Hooksett Village.

The Historical society meets the 4th thursday of the month in September, October, March, April, May and June. Other meetings scheduled as needed

Open House

On Monday July 21, 2014 , the Prescott will be open from 11 am to 2 pm

General Thomas/ june 26 minutes

The Hooksett historical society held its last meeting of the season with a presentation on General Thomas by David Decker. He spoke for  70 minutes with very few notes.  The meeting was called to order at 630 pm. Mat Bose , Assistant Librarian , talked about library programs and the civil war display at the library.  Jim Sullivan discussed upcoming programs for Sept, Oct and March 2015.  Open houses planned throughout the summer, need of volunteers for inventory and possible help from a local church .   treasurer Bair gave updated on the finances.   In September 2014, the 175th anniversary of Henry David Thoreau visit to Hooksett as covered in the book two weeks on the Merrimack, and we recently acquired  a lighter from china dragon and matchbook from Lombardo restaurant , located at 99 site . 30 attended the program

Civil War General George Thomas with David Decker

On Thursday June 26, 2014 the Hooksett historical society welcomes back David Decker. Mr. Decker spoke last year on the women in the Civil War. this program will begin at 630 pm and be held at the Hooksett Public Library. A brief Business meeting will precede the presentation on the life and career of General George Thomas, with special emphasis on his unbroken string of victories throughout the civil war. Thomas is well known as the best commander on defense in the war. He twice saved the union army from destruction at Stone’s River and at Chickamauga. After this second battle, the newspapers dubbed him “the Rock of Chickamauga,” and President Lincoln called his effort the most heroic act in the history of the world.

Dave Decker was born in 1937 in Chicago, Illinois. He lived there for eight years, then moved to Methuen, Massachusetts. He lived there for six years and then moved to Salem, New Hampshire. He lived there for eleven years before moving to Laconia and Gilford, New Hampshire, in 1963 and has continued to live there ever since. He graduated from the University of New Hampshire and majored in government and then graduated from Boston College law school. He practiced law in New Hampshire for 28 years, retired, and then worked as a paralegal for the next 20 years—much easier on the heart and stomach.

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Prescott updates and finds

The Prescott hosted visitors at Heritage Day. It was a good turn out. With the new door in the back, some of the display cases have been moved around. while there today, I sorted through a new pile of clippings and things. What struck me was that throughout the box of items , I kept finding items regarding MRs. Robie. from a item on her engagement, her wedding from 1931, to photo’s of her at Rebekah Functions, women’s club shows and festival to most recently her last public appearance in October 2013 at the Veterans Park dedication. wow I said over 80 years of being in the public view. there is so many great items from our Hooksett history and she will always be at part of it

Family town Feud III

June 12,2014 will be the third town Feud. funds from event to be donated to old Town Hall preservation efforts. Society will co host with heritage commission . Raffles and silent auction items to be included . light refreshments available. Look for more details

Hurricane 1938

The Historical society held its May 22,2014 meeting at 630 pm at the Hooksett library. the meeting began with an update of HHS activities. Heritage day held on May 18 was a success. 35 visitors came to the Prescott building. the old town hall was open, robies store and Head school. visitors to the town hall could view the old tin ceiling- funds from moose plate grant being applied for. a walking tour also occurred . the society with heritage commission will host town feud III , funds to go to OTH preservation. program in June to be on general and Gettysburg and Sept program on Manchester mills. the attendees, #30 were told of planned open houses and need for help to inventory and scan items. Shira Gladstone from historic New England gave a wonderful program on the Hurricane, its historic significance, its impact and damage to New England and New Hampshire. Dues were also collected from some members

IN MEMORIAM

DOROTHY BURBANK ROBIE

The Hooksett Historical Society offers its condolences to the family of Dorothy Robie 1918-2014.
Mrs. Robie was the royalty of Hooksett. She graced our town with service, with her love of all and her kindness towards friend and stranger alike.
In a sense the 20th century has now ended with the passing of a truly remarkable lady who continue to make her presence known.
In the 4 year pilgrimage of Presidential Hopefuls she commanded an audience with these individuals who could have and did become the most powerful persons in the world. She was the a friend of all and a true friend of the Historical Society. The History of Hooksett was her Families History. The Burbanks/Robies were that unique family that embodied our town. She will be missed

in memorial

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