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

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.

POW/MIA Chair dedication

On Sunday April  19 , 2015  the new installed POW/MIA Chair will be dedicated at Veterans Park at Jacobs  Park. Program begins at 11 am.

Rolling thunder to participate

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
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