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 . the HHS is now 45 years old and our town is 197 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 open houses, inventory or organizing our collection.  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 houses are held throughout the Year and private appointments can be arranged

Dorm Life

the dorms at Mt St Mary’s College

a fun post card

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Hooksett village- circa 1912 –

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Save the Stone House

PUBLIC INPUT – DEMOLITION PETITION–        Update-  Stone House will be demolished

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1253 HOOKSETT ROAD, THE STONE HOUSE

The Hooksett Heritage Commission will be holding a public hearing on Thursday, July 16, 2020, starting at 6:30 p.m. in council chambers at the Municipal Building, 16 Main Street, Hooksett, NH. Proper social distancing protocols will be observed.

Its purpose is to hear concerns or alternatives offered by members of the public or the commission regarding the proposed demolition of the circa 1938 home at 1253 Hooksett Road. An architectural historian has inventoried the property and found it eligible for listing on both the State and National Registers of Historic Places.

If you are unable to attend the hearing, comments via email to Hooksett.Heritage@myfairpoint.net will be accepted and included in the record of the hearing. You may also express your wish to protect this architecturally significant building by signing the petition Save the Stone House, Hooksett, NH, from Demolition at www.change.org/hooksettstonehouse.

Please share to other interested family, colleagues, friends, etc.; anyone you think would want to offer support. The Heritage Commission seeks the public’s help in urging RCA Holdings, LLC, to reconsider destroying this one-of-a-kind structure105809922_2768462890054077_1224007123834466000_o

Donati Yard Decorations

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New Hampshire on High: Historic and Unusual Weathervanes of the Granite State-

This Thursday March 26 @ 630 pm has been postponed- a new program will be scheduled in its place. Sorry for inconvenience

October 24,2019 HHS meeting minutes

October 24,2019- Call to order- J Sullivan welcomed the 23 guests to meeting on NH at War.  A brief update given-  Oct 29,2019 HC will host  Harnessing NH- the State Dog- Chinook as second program for NH History Month.  Three Chinook dogs will be in attendance.  Updates on new additions to collect, town events and historic highlights on  town past- Dundee Mills, Veterans Park at Jacob Square, Bricks and Abraham Lincoln

Speaker Sue Kelly- educator programmer from NH Historical Assoc presented NH at War and discussed Famous NH Men and Women from NH serving in war from the French and Indian war and to our involvement in Afghanistan .  From William Rogers to Ryan Pitts , the program discussed General Stark,Mike Durant ( Black Hawk Down)and Captain Harl Pease and Hooksett resident Rene Gagnon.

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NH at War

Thurs, 10/24/19, 6:30 p.m., Library. The Historical Society will host Sue Kelly, who will tell us about “New Hampshire at War.” Ms. Kelly will cover all major conflicts that have affected the Granite State from the colonial period to the present. Courtesy of the NH Historical Society, this presentation includes a 45-minute illustrated lecture, time for discussion, and a chance to view some touchable artifacts from the Society’s educations.

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General John Stark                                          Revolutionary cannon- Hooksett

NH History Week

Hooksett to Celebrate NH History!

The Heritage Commission and the Historical Society have joined together to make plans for Hooksett’s participation in NH History Week.

Thurs, 10/24/19, 6:30 p.m., Library. The Historical Society will host Sue Kelly, who will tell us about “New Hampshire at War.” Ms. Kelly will cover all major conflicts that have affected the Granite State from the colonial period to the present. Courtesy of the NH Historical Society, this presentation includes a 45-minute illustrated lecture, time for discussion, and a chance to view some touchable artifacts from the Society’s education collections.

Tues, 10/29/19, 6:30 p.m., Library – Hear about the Chinook, NH’s State Dog when the Hooksett Heritage Commission sponsors the NH Humanities (NHHC) program titled “Harnessing History: On the Trail of New Hampshire’s State Dog, the Chinook.” This program looks at how dog sledding developed in New Hampshire and how the Chinook played a major role in this story. Special guests: Sombra the Husky and Russell and Tamworth the Chinooks. This program is free and open to the public and sponsored in part by a grant from the NHHC.Db-eQrLX4AEva3Q

World War II Memorial- Washington D.C

Sept 26 2019 meeting minutes

72099086_10157834771176661_8018896321807122432_nThe 9/26/2019 meeting was held at 630@ Hooksett public library  10 in attendance.The meeting opened with a HHS update-  J. Sullivan  discussed future meeting programs, which include NH at War in October, and Spring programs to include NH weather vanes and Camp Stark-  WWII Pow .  Urged visitors to Veterans Park.    Also mentioned the HC program for NH History Month- NH State Dog- Chinook.

Members were told of HHS Activities-  Volunteer to varnish entrance to Prescott, Town inspected Heating unit, A solution to our scanning needs has been found, HHS Plans to get 4000 photos done, a Plan to photo graph our 3D collection, the funds in HHS are at $5400 , Town approved $1000 for 2020-2021 year.  Volunteers needed for open house, programming and display coordination.

Speaker Kristy Ellsworth presented ” Lincoln In Manchester, which highlighted his March 1-2, 1860 visit where he stayed at City Hotel ( building still exist at Elm and Lowel, his speech, and visit to the Mills. Items from visit still existing, include signed hotel registry, and items from theater.    He visited concord on March 1,1960 via train so as a Hooksett connection , Lincoln actually came to Town.   A display of postcards and other items were available to view.  A thanks goes to the Manchester Historic Association