March 27 2014 HHS minutes

Historical meeting held at Hooksett Library 3/26/2014

Guest speaker Michael Tougeas

Attended by 51 members and friends

Meeting opened by Jim Sullivan at 6:30pm

Announced this will be the 40th anniversary of the Hooksett Historical Society. He had sketches made of historical Hooksett buildings by a friend and will be sold for $5.00 each. He then mentioned that a petition was going around to be able to use a grant from the moose plates to fix the tin ceilings in the old Town Hall building so that we could use for historical purposes. A vote was taken, Diane Valade 2nd the motion and all other members agreed. Diane Valade also has a completed petition with signatures that she will bring to the town hall this week.

Jim announced Michael Tougias, who spoke about his book Fatal Forecast, and showed slides about the storm. He has written several books, one just released today The Bounty, and one Finest Storm will be produced as a movie soon.

Members bought books and had them signed by Mr. Tougias at the end of the evening. Matt Bose from the library video taped the session.

Thanks to the library for helping with this historical evening, and to all who attended and made this a wonderful start to our historical programs for the coming year.


Diane Valade

Old town Hall Preservation efforts

The Town Hall Preservation Committee is working to rehabilitate our old Town Hall, built in 1828, which served our community so well for over 180 years before being closed in 2008 when town offices moved to the former Village School.

The long-term plan is to remove the second floor in the main building and eventually return it to a meeting hall for use by various community groups and rental for private events.

The Town Hall Preservation Committee is preparing an application for a Conservation License (Moose) Plate grant from the State of NH for repair and painting of the tin ceiling in the main hall section of the Old Town Hall.  Fortunately when the 2nd floor was expanded in 1975, the wall partitions were placed below the relief/design of the tin panels; they did not cut into the tin pieces, so there will be far less repair of the tin than there might have been.

I’ve created an online petition.


If you prefer, there is a paper copy in the hallway outside of the Town Clerk’s Office in the Municipal Building.  These petitions will accompany our application to the NH Division of Historical Resources.

Feel free to share with friends and colleagues.

Thank you!

Town Hall Preservation Committee by Kathie Northrup


Foster Beef


Fatal forecast

What happens when a monster wave hits two 50-foot boats 200 miles out to sea in November?
Ambushed by the storm at Georges Bankoff the New England coast, the crews of the Sea Fever
and Fair Wind battled 90-foot waves and hurricane force winds. Using slides, author Michael
Tougias retells the story. Join the Historical Society for this incredible true story of disaster and
survival at sea on Thursday March 27, 2014 at 630 pm. The program is co- hosted by the
Hooksett Public Library and is made possible by the New Hampshire Humanities Council