The Town Council recently declared May as National Preservation Month in Hooksett.
In the proclamation, the council noted how important it is to celebrate the role of history in our lives and acknowledged that “historic preservation is an effective tool for managing growth, revitalizing neighborhoods, fostering local pride and maintaining community character while enhancing livability.”
In celebration of Preservation Month, the Heritage Commission, Historical Society, Robie’s Country Store Historic Preservation Corp., Town Hall Preservation Committee, and the Head School Society will cosponsor the 11th Annual Hooksett Heritage Day on Sunday, May 31, 2015, with activities from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Meet and greet the Schoolmarms of the Head School Society at Head School, 16 Pleasant Street, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The marms will be showing and telling–toys of the 1840s. But Head’s is not just for kids. The schoolmarms also have a program tailored to adult groups so they, too, can enjoy a typical school experience in 1840 Hooksett. Ask them about it.
The Arah W. Prescott Historical Library, home of the Historical Society, located in front of the old town hall, will be open for visitors from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Make some time to visit this gem of a building. You’ll be surprised to see the great collection of Hooksett memorabilia on display.
From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. members of the Town Hall Preservation Committee and Heritage Commission will be available at the old town hall to talk about the history and future of this treasured building. Come and see the progress that’s been made and take a look at schematic drawings of possible layouts of the interior.
The Robie’s Country Store Historic Preservation Corp. will be hosting an open house at the store from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. If you’ve been missing your Robie’s cheese wheel, they’ll have one that day along with some Heritage Day luncheon specials including baked bean, lasagna, and baked spuds with broccoli and cheese. Come hungry and give them a try–and get some to go.
“It’s our 11th year and we’re happy to share parts of Hooksett’s history,” said Kathie Northrup, Chair of the Hooksett Heritage Commission. “We hope residents will take advantage of the opportunity to visit the historic buildings open that day and talk with the people working to give life to Hooksett’s special places. It’s a chance to learn a little more about their hometown.”
a picture of Old Town Hall during restoration
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