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

Jimmy Carter and the 1976 Presidential Campaign

Jimmy Carter and the 1976 New Hampshire Presidential campaign- In 1975 Governor Jimmy Carter began his quest to become the 39th President of the United States.  During his campaign Carter visited New Hampshire many times including the famous visit to Hooksett’ Robie country store where lore has it that  Mr. Robie , who was hard of hearing, when introduced to Mr. Carter, quipped ” Jimmy who” . With that the journey of Jimmy Carter from Governor to President  of the United States.  With the 40th anniversary approaching, the Hooksett Historical Society will hold a Special March 26,2015 meeting which will include UNH Professor Dante Scala and  Representative Katherine Rogers, who served on the Carter Campaign, who will speak about the Presidential campaign and its New Hampshire connections The Meeting will be held at 630 at the Hooksett Public Library, with a brief business meeting proceeding the program

Gift Idea for the holidays

Need a unique stocking stuffer for this Christmas?  How about a copy of a Hooksett Annual Town and School Report?  Maybe the year you moved to Hooksett, started a new job, or bought a new home?  How about giving your child a report for the year he or she was born, started or graduated from elementary or high school?  What fun it will be to look back and read about what was happening in your town at those key life moments.  Just $5 each.
The Heritage Commission has acquired reports for 1961 – 2012 with some in each decade.  1961-1988 cover the calendar year; 1989 thru 2012 are for fiscal years ending June 30.
Dave Pearl has graciously agreed to be the pickup point at his place of business, Spotlight Video, at 79 Main Street, Hooksett.  Please email or call me to see if we have the year you want.  If we do, then we can make arrangements for you to pick it up.  All proceeds from the sale of these reports will be donated to the Town Hall Preservation Project. 
PS—the 1961 report has the minutes of the last town meeting held in our old town hall.  1961 was the year the “hall” was converted to municipal offices.
Kathie Northrup, Chair
Hooksett Heritage Commission

Mount Saint Mary’s marker

The Heritage Commission invites you to attend the unveiling of the town’s 7th Historic Roadside Marker, celebrating the magnificent Mount Saint Mary’s building.100_5543
Sunday, October 19, 2 p.m.
Route 3, in front of Mount Saint Mary’s
Speaking at the unveiling:  Sister Amy Hoey who was president of MSM College when it closed; Ed Shapiro who bought the site for NH College; and Dick Anagnost, the developer who converted the building to apartments.
Thanks to the gracious hospitality of the Mount Saint Mary’s Condo Association, the Heritage Commission will serve light refreshments in the building after the ceremony.  Please plan to stay for this special opportunity to view the rotunda entrance, the billiards room, and the grand ballroom.  These areas have not been generally available to the public since the building was converted to apartments in 1998.
Parking is available in the Hooksett Library parking lot where it’s just a short walk down the slope to the marker site.  For those who may need it, a shuttle will also be available from the Library’s lot.
Hope you can join us to commemorate this one-of-a-kind Hooksett treasure.

September 2014 meeting minutes

The meeting opened at 630 , president of the society updated the group on activities.  Heritage week in October with events at head school on 10/17, robies store – granite men of hackett hill 10/18,  MSM marker dedication 10/20.  Open houses held throughout summer- a few visitors and more scanning done. volunteers needed to inventory,and a few purchases made- including a lithograph of the Merrimack from pinnacle, the society has updated its collection policy and has a new system to track donations. the board will be installed in October;s meeting – individuals interested in serving were requested , a motion was made by tina Paquette, seconded by E. Stewart to allow board to purchases items for society from the $750 received from the town.  the program was on the Amoskeag Mills presented by the Manchester Historical associations Jeff Barraclough.  40 quests attended the event

Hooksett to Celebrate NH History

In October we celebrate NH History Week, an opportunity to share our State’s stories with our citizens.  The Heritage Commission, Historical Society, Head School Society, Robie’s Country Store Historic Preservation Corp., and the Hooksett Library have joined together to make plans for Hooksett’s participation.
The events kick off on Friday, October 17, at 7 p.m., when the schoolmarms of the Head School Society present “Hooksett Haunts and Spirits”–ghost stories at Head School followed by a walk through history in the Head Cemetery.  At grave sites guests will hear from Hooksett Spirits who will talk about their lives in early Hooksett.  Donations to support the living history programs at Head School will be appreciated.
Robie’s Country Store Historic Preservation Corp. will host “The Granite Men of Hackett Hill,” the story of the granite industry in Hooksett.  The program will be held at Robie’s Country Store on Saturday, October 18, at 2 p.m.  Leo Belisle, a third generation granite worker and former operator of Belisle Granite, will lead the discussion.  His grandfather started cutting granite at their Hackett Hill quarry in 1900.
Sunday, October 19 will celebrate the magnificent Mount Saint Mary’s building on Route 3 when the Heritage Commission hosts the unveiling of the town’s latest historic roadside marker at 2 p.m.  Built in 1909 by the Sisters of Mercy, under their direction the site was a boarding school, elementary and high school, and then the first four-year women’s college in NH.  More than 550 acres of land were eventually a part of the campus.  Parking is available in the Hooksett Library parking lot.
Co-sponsored by the Hooksett Historical Society and the Hooksett Library, a book presentation and signing at the Library at 6:45 p.m. on Thursday, October 23 will conclude the History Week events.  Marina Dutzmann Kirsch, the author of Flight of Remembrance: A World War II Memoir of Love and Survival, will discuss the true narrative of her family’s experiences against the backdrop of World War II tragedy and devastation in Latvia, Poland, and Germany.  She will talk about the book’s subject matter, protagonists, inspiration, and special research accompanied by World War II era photographs.  At 6:30 p.m. there will be a brief 10-15 minute business meeting of the Hooksett Historical Society prior to the program.
And also coming up–a truly historic occasion for Hooksett.  On November 7 the Hooksett Lions Club will be celebrating 50 years of dedicated service to our community.  For tickets and more information please call Robert Schroeder at 485-5021.heritage month 2014

The mills of manchester

The mills of Manchester will be the topic of this months Hooksett historical society meeting. the event takes place Thursday September 25,2014 at 630 pm at the Hooksett public library . Special thanks to the Manchester Historic Association for this presentation

IN MEMORIAM- Mr. Jack Murphy

in memorial

           The Hooksett Historical Society  honors 

                      Jack Murphy- 1931- 1914 

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