History week

Hooksett Celebrates NH History Week
The Governor has proclaimed October 16 through 22 as NH History Week, an opportunity to share NH stories with our citizens. The Heritage Commission, Historical Society, Robie’s Country Store Historic Preservation Corp., Head School Society, and the Hooksett Public Library have joined together to make plans for Hooksett’s participation. The groups decided that one week is just not enough time so they will be offering programs celebrating NH History and Hooksett’s part in it all month long!

The programs kick off on Tuesday, October 4 at the Library. Popular local writer John Clayton will talk about his new book New Hampshire: War and Peace, at 6:30 p.m. His comments will include information about Rene Gagnon, the local Marine who helped raise the flag at Iwo Jima. Clayton will be selling copies of his books at the event with proceeds going to the Manchester Central High School band’s trip to Pearl Harbor.

On Friday, October 14, the schoolmarms of the Head School Society will 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. There will be two sessions–6 p.m. and 7 p.m. Donations of $5 per person or $10 per family will benefit the living history program at Head School.

The Heritage Commission and NH Humanities Council will cosponsor a program on “Native American History of NH” on Monday, October 17, at 6:30 p.m. at the former Lincoln Park School (10 Brace Ave). In addition to the history of the Pennacooks and Abenakis, visitors will hear about the native people who occupied what is now Hooksett and the Pinnacle’s role in early mapmaking.

On Wednesday, October 19 at 7 p.m., Neil Levesque, Executive Director of the NH Institute of Politics will talk about “NH Primary History.” With its own long history of rich political traditions, where else could this program be held but at Robie’s Country Store, 9 Riverside Street. Sponsored by the Robie’s Country Store Historic Preservation Corp.

The Historical Society will host “A Night at the Prescott Museum” on Thursday, October 20 at the Arah Prescott Library. This open house will run from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and feature Hooksett trivia games and puzzles.

An “Historic Hooksett Treasure Hunt” is set for Saturday, October 22, starting at noon at the Arah Prescott Historical Library. The entry fee, which benefits the Historical Society, is $20 per car. Prizes will be awarded.

The month’s events will finish up at the Library on Thursday, October 27 at 6:30 p.m. with a regular meeting of the Historical Society including installation of officers followed by a program on the Civil War in recognition of the conflict’s 150th anniversary. Stephen Robert Closs, New Hampshire Civil War historian and author, will speak about his new book, Willing Sacrifice: Granite State Valor During the American Civil War 1861-1865. Hear stories of Civil War soldiers from Hooksett and other towns in New Hampshire. Cosponsored by the Historical Society and the Hooksett Public Library.


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