Hooksett to Celebrate NH History

In October we celebrate NH History Week, an opportunity to share our State’s stories with our citizens.  The Heritage Commission, Historical Society, Head School Society, Robie’s Country Store Historic Preservation Corp., and the Hooksett Library have joined together to make plans for Hooksett’s participation.
The events kick off on Friday, October 17, at 7 p.m., when the schoolmarms of the Head School Society 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.  Donations to support the living history programs at Head School will be appreciated.
Robie’s Country Store Historic Preservation Corp. will host “The Granite Men of Hackett Hill,” the story of the granite industry in Hooksett.  The program will be held at Robie’s Country Store on Saturday, October 18, at 2 p.m.  Leo Belisle, a third generation granite worker and former operator of Belisle Granite, will lead the discussion.  His grandfather started cutting granite at their Hackett Hill quarry in 1900.
Sunday, October 19 will celebrate the magnificent Mount Saint Mary’s building on Route 3 when the Heritage Commission hosts the unveiling of the town’s latest historic roadside marker at 2 p.m.  Built in 1909 by the Sisters of Mercy, under their direction the site was a boarding school, elementary and high school, and then the first four-year women’s college in NH.  More than 550 acres of land were eventually a part of the campus.  Parking is available in the Hooksett Library parking lot.
Co-sponsored by the Hooksett Historical Society and the Hooksett Library, a book presentation and signing at the Library at 6:45 p.m. on Thursday, October 23 will conclude the History Week events.  Marina Dutzmann Kirsch, the author of Flight of Remembrance: A World War II Memoir of Love and Survival, will discuss the true narrative of her family’s experiences against the backdrop of World War II tragedy and devastation in Latvia, Poland, and Germany.  She will talk about the book’s subject matter, protagonists, inspiration, and special research accompanied by World War II era photographs.  At 6:30 p.m. there will be a brief 10-15 minute business meeting of the Hooksett Historical Society prior to the program.
And also coming up–a truly historic occasion for Hooksett.  On November 7 the Hooksett Lions Club will be celebrating 50 years of dedicated service to our community.  For tickets and more information please call Robert Schroeder at 485-5021.heritage month 2014

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