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 40 years old and our town is 192 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 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

JULY OPEN HOUSES SET

The Hooksett historical society has announced its July Open House schedule

Saturday July 11th-   10 -2

Saturday July 18th    10-2

Thursday July  23th –    5- 7
Members are encouraged to attend and visitors are always welcomed
JOIN THE HHS TODAY

 

 

A few Scenes from 2012 Heritage Day

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Hooksett Heritage Day May 31

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.”
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Manchester and the USO

During WWII, thousands of service people from Grenier Army Air Base, and civilians from Manchester
participated in USO activities. This talk will discuss those activities. Much of this program is based on oral
interviews from women who were involved with USO efforts in Manchester. Many citizens of Hooksett who served in the Military would have flown out of Grenier Field and been entertained by the USO.  The Program will take place on Thursday May 28,20015 630 pm at the Hooksett Library

Their Mission: The USO lifts the spirits of America’s troops and their families.

Millions of times each year at hundreds of locations around the world, the USO lifts the spirits of America’s troops and their families.  A nonprofit, congressionally chartered, private organization, the USO relies on the generosity of individuals, organizations and corporations to support its activities. The USO is not part of the U.S. government, but is recognized by the Department of Defense, Congress and President of the United States, who serves as Honorary Chairman of the USO

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Bob Hope entertaining troops with USO             Grenier Field  and  Air Force plan

POW/MIA chair dedication

On April 19,2015 about 70 people gathered at the dedication of the chair.  Councilor Don Winterton  lead the program that featured the traditional Bag Pipes ,  Taps, and speakers representing Senator Ayotte, State Senator Boutin,  and a member of rolling thunder. The chair is located at Veterans Park at Jacob Square

 

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Photo courtesy of D. Valade  HHS

ROBIES OPEN HOUSE

Come visit Robies Country Store on Sunday April 19,2015 from 9 am to 3 pm.  It was 40 years ago that Jimmy Carter became “JIMMY WHO” and who became President Carter the 3th President of the United States.  Check out the wall of pictures including the iconic photo Carter and Robie .  Notice the  calendar in the picture which shows a  “20”.  Based on information obtained from the Carter Presidential Library, Carter was in NH  on March 20 and April 20 1975.  Based on Mr. Robie’s short sleeves it is most likely April.

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Here’s a shot of the photo wall

Historic Iron and Steel Bridges of New Hampshire

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Thursday, April 23 at 6:45 p.m.The metal bridges built from the 1860’s through the 1930’s were some of the largest and most impressive crossings ever built in the state, corresponding with nationwide trends and a shift of bridge building design and technology.

Glenn Knoblock will discuss the oft-forgotten metal bridges, made of iron first, then steel, that began to replace New Hampshire’s covered bridges beginning in the 1860’s. Today, these structures have dwindled greatly in number and many are in danger of being lost, while others, like the Portsmouth-Kittery Memorial Bridge, will soon be replaced. Though those that remain today are often seen as rusted and unsightly relics of the past, this program makes a case for their preservation and continued presence in our landscape.

This event is open to the public and there is no charge to attend.

This New Hampshire Humanities Council event is co-sponsored by the Hooksett Historical Society and the Hooksett Library.

There will be a brief 10-15 minute business meeting for the Hooksett Historical Society beginning at 6:30 p.

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