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

China Dragon Lighter

china dragon lighter

the above is a recent purchase for the society

HHS annouces May meeting program

A Preview of the End of the World: The Great New England Hurricane of 1938

On September 21, 1938, a massive hurricane hit New York and New England, to the surprise of all residents. The Great New England Hurricane, one of the most destructive storms in American history, caused more than six hundred deaths and $400 million in property damages. What made this storm unique? In this illustrated lecture by Historic New England Program Manager Shira Gladstone, learn about the impact and aftermath of the Hurricane of 1938 .

hurricane 38

Society Supports Old Town Hall

The membership recently approved a letter to be sent to support Old Town Hall and its moose plate grant request. The Letter stated
The Hooksett Historical Society would like to extend its support for the
proposed work to be funded in their grant application. Our old Town Hall has
been the focal point of town history since 1828. The Historical Society, whose
home is in the Prescott Library, built in 1909 and sits next door, applauds the
efforts of the Old Town Halls Preservation Committee in rehabilitating the
building and its wonderful tin ceiling. The funds from the conservation license
Plate grant program is key to this worthy project.
The Hooksett Historical Society is fully supportive of this endeavor and
hopes to take advantage of the restored building by holding meetings, events and
using it for the possible expansion of its historical displays. The society is proud
of our towns history and having two buildings , both on the State Historic Registry,
open for the citizens to enjoy and glimpse its past heritage is worthy of our great
town. We hope that the conservation license Plate grant program will consider this
application and provide funds to this great cause and help save Hooksett oldest
public building. Please help save our Towns Halls tin Ceiling.

The Amoskeag Manufacturing Company

The Amoskeag Manufacturing Company — A Mile of Mills in Manchester
This general talk presents the story of the Amoskeag Manufacturing Company which built a mile of brick
factory buildings along the banks of the Merrimack River in Manchester. The company was a major
producer of cotton textiles, and was also a pioneer in the manufacturing of steam-powered locomotives
and fire engines. Through photos, artifacts, and readings from original documents, participants will gain
insight into what it was like to work in the Amoskeag Millyard. This Historical Society Program will be on Thursday May,22,2014 at the Hooksett Public Library at 630pm. A brief business meeting will take place prior to the Presentation

Amoskeag Manufactoring

March 27 2014 HHS minutes

Historical meeting held at Hooksett Library 3/26/2014

Guest speaker Michael Tougeas

Attended by 51 members and friends

Meeting opened by Jim Sullivan at 6:30pm

Announced this will be the 40th anniversary of the Hooksett Historical Society. He had sketches made of historical Hooksett buildings by a friend and will be sold for $5.00 each. He then mentioned that a petition was going around to be able to use a grant from the moose plates to fix the tin ceilings in the old Town Hall building so that we could use for historical purposes. A vote was taken, Diane Valade 2nd the motion and all other members agreed. Diane Valade also has a completed petition with signatures that she will bring to the town hall this week.

Jim announced Michael Tougias, who spoke about his book Fatal Forecast, and showed slides about the storm. He has written several books, one just released today The Bounty, and one Finest Storm will be produced as a movie soon.

Members bought books and had them signed by Mr. Tougias at the end of the evening. Matt Bose from the library video taped the session.

Thanks to the library for helping with this historical evening, and to all who attended and made this a wonderful start to our historical programs for the coming year.


Diane Valade

Old town Hall Preservation efforts

The Town Hall Preservation Committee is working to rehabilitate our old Town Hall, built in 1828, which served our community so well for over 180 years before being closed in 2008 when town offices moved to the former Village School.

The long-term plan is to remove the second floor in the main building and eventually return it to a meeting hall for use by various community groups and rental for private events.

The Town Hall Preservation Committee is preparing an application for a Conservation License (Moose) Plate grant from the State of NH for repair and painting of the tin ceiling in the main hall section of the Old Town Hall.  Fortunately when the 2nd floor was expanded in 1975, the wall partitions were placed below the relief/design of the tin panels; they did not cut into the tin pieces, so there will be far less repair of the tin than there might have been.

I’ve created an online petition.  http://www.thepetitionsite.com/443/183/670/help-us-get-a-grant-for-our-old-town-hall/


If you prefer, there is a paper copy in the hallway outside of the Town Clerk’s Office in the Municipal Building.  These petitions will accompany our application to the NH Division of Historical Resources.

Feel free to share with friends and colleagues.

Thank you!

Town Hall Preservation Committee by Kathie Northrup


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