Hooksett Historical Society now on facebook

We are pleased to annouce that the Society is  now is on Facebook . Now your local history, its happenings, coming events and activities are now available from another source. Join our Facebook page and become our friends. History demands it


Old Man of the Mountains

The Old Man of the Mountain: Substance and Symbol

The story of the Old Man of the Mountain is a story of NH itself, reflecting our history, arts, literature, geography, philosophy and even public policy. As the multi-faceted story of this icon enfolds, the audience will be challenged to think about the different and evolving ways that this image has touched the public imagination over its 200 year history. This presentation by Maggie Stier will include images of paintings, literary passages, souvenirs, and film clips of interviews with those closest to the Old Man, and conclude with a discussion of current efforts to memorialize the state symbol.
On September 27, 2012 the Historical Society will co host this event with the Hooksett Public Library as part of our Society monthly meetings. This event is a NH HUmanities Council Program

Hooksett Town Family Feud

On September 13, 2012 the Historical Society will host a fund raising event with the Hooksett Heritage Commission for the Veterans Memorial restoration. This event will include 8 teams of town committees, boards and civic organizations competing for bragging rights to be the best Feuding town team. The event will feature 7 rounds of play. Tickets will be available at the door for a $3 donation for those who want to support the restoration efforts. Attendees will be eligible for door prize(s) . The event will take place at the Hooksett Public Library.  A silent auction of numerous  gifts and items will also take place. Look for more information on this fun event for the whole Family and for a worthy project

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another open house

thursday July 19,2012 from 11 to 2 the prescott building will be open. a open house also took place July 16th. Look for more open houses throughout the summer.

June 28,2012 Society meeting minutes


The Meeting was called to order at 7 p m .  No business meeting since meeting started at 7 pm so President Sullivan introduced Jeff Warner who presented   Banjos , bones and Ballads whose program connects 21st century audiences with the music of everyday lives of the 19th century. In  hour program he played many songs including “Buffalo gals” and” Tenting in the campground tonight” and accompanied his songs with the banjo, guitar, concertina, spoons and bones. There were 42 members and guests in the audience. The Program was provided by the NHHC

May 2012 Society Minutes

May 24, 2012 Historical Society minutes- public library

Jim welcomed everyone to the program- mentioned briefly upcoming events of interested to the society including the June 22, 2012 charity softball game presented by the Heritage Commission to raise funds for the veteran’s memorial. The Society received a letter of thanks for our donation to the fund raiser. He indicated that the society through EBay purchases. He mentioned a few including postcards from Bayside flying service and Merrimack boating, photos of inside the Stevens home, Jimmy Carter visit to Robies, residents of Joyland Mobile Park, dog days at Stobies farm. EBay will be continued to be monitored for additional items.

After a brief update on society activities the speaker was introduced. Robert Perrault, a speaker from the NH Humanities Council presented “Having a Fine Time in Manchester: Postcards and Local history “

The postcards included the hermit of mosquito pond, now and then views of downtown Manchester’s and he highlighted some wonderful written notes that appeared on these vintage cards. The meeting concluded at about 8:00 pm

April Society Minutes

April 26, 2012 Historical Society Meeting Minutes

Jim Sullivan welcomed members and guests to the meeting which is- Don’t throw out the paper and indicated that May’s will be called Having a fine time-postcards from Manchester

In April-Jim received postcards of White Rock Cabins near old Howard Johnson run by the Burbank family, Goodnight motel, Old town hall/ grange dishes and a Mt.St Mary brandy glass

Discussed Heritage Day/Heritage Month and activities of the Heritage Commission and the Veterans memorial project memorials.

Mrs. Cheverette spoke about her brother Arthur whose name missing from plague. which Kathy Northrup mentioned plagues and plans for cleaning Jacob square which is underway. Kathy Northrup thought that a donation from the Historical society was appropriate and asked the Society to help. Bob Thinnes made a motion to donate $200.00 and seconded by Diane Valade. Motion carried

May-Postcards presentation

Jim spoke about the scanning photo process of photo albums had begun, and we received some glass from the old tom cabins which were recently torn down. Jim purchased postcards from EBay of Howard Johnson and of Arthur Food Mart. Talked about additional money needed for scanning supplies and money to purchase more eBay items and money to support more presentations. He indicated that $400 was approved from Town Funds in September and asked for a reconfirmation of that vote and a request to authorize the remaining $350. Motion made on that request made by Brian Bair and seconded by Elizabeth Stewart. Motion Carried

Business meeting concluded and the guest speaker Charles Wibel was introduced and a 1 hour presentation was made on Don’t Throw out that paper


Submitted by Diane Valade, Secretary