Heritage Day May 20,2012

Discover America’s Hidden Treasures” is the theme for National Preservation Month 2012 sponsored by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The Town Council recently declared May as National Preservation Month in Hooksett.

In celebration of Preservation Month, the Heritage Commission, Historical Society, Robie’s Country Store Historic Preservation Corp., and the Head School Society will cosponsor the 8th Annual Hooksett Heritage Day on Sunday, May 20, 2012, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The recently restored 1839 Head School on Pleasant Street will be open for visitors from noon to 4 p.m. Members of the Head School Society and the Heritage Commission will be there to talk about the restoration of the buildings and the living history program. If your children were among the hundreds of students who’ve visited in the last couple years, bring them by for a curtsy or a bow to their schoolmarm.

At 2 p.m. the Heritage Commission and the NH Humanities Council will cosponsor a walking tour of Head Cemetery on Pleasant Street adjacent to Head School. Historian and author Glenn Knoblock will talk about styles and symbolism used in gravestones and changes in the design and societal roles of cemeteries. He will also discuss the historical background of some of the people buried at Head Cemetery.

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 noon to 4 p.m. Make some time to visit this hidden Hooksett gem. There are some wonderful pieces of history displayed there. The kids can try some puzzles and learn a little Hooksett trivia.

A member of the Robie’s Country Store Historic Preservation Corp. will be at the store from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to talk about the store’s history and the artifacts displayed there. Come hungry and try out the Heritage Day specials.

Dont’ throw out that paper

The Historical Society will host its April 26, 2012 meeting at the Hooksett Public Library at 630 pm. This program will look at the process one should take when sorting through your EPHEMERA and how you decide on whether to keep or toss out those items. This instructive power point style presentation will feature hands on samples of items on should always keep or sell rather than toss. Charles Wibel, a 20 year antique dealer and publisher of NH Antiques Monthly will also provide guidance on the best way to sell your valuables. A brief business meeting will also take place.