Manchester and the USO

During WWII, thousands of service people from Grenier Army Air Base, and civilians from Manchester
participated in USO activities. This talk will discuss those activities. Much of this program is based on oral
interviews from women who were involved with USO efforts in Manchester. Many citizens of Hooksett who served in the Military would have flown out of Grenier Field and been entertained by the USO.  The Program will take place on Thursday May 28,20015 630 pm at the Hooksett Library

Their Mission: The USO lifts the spirits of America’s troops and their families.

Millions of times each year at hundreds of locations around the world, the USO lifts the spirits of America’s troops and their families.  A nonprofit, congressionally chartered, private organization, the USO relies on the generosity of individuals, organizations and corporations to support its activities. The USO is not part of the U.S. government, but is recognized by the Department of Defense, Congress and President of the United States, who serves as Honorary Chairman of the USO

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Bob Hope entertaining troops with USO             Grenier Field  and  Air Force plan

POW/MIA chair dedication

On April 19,2015 about 70 people gathered at the dedication of the chair.  Councilor Don Winterton  lead the program that featured the traditional Bag Pipes ,  Taps, and speakers representing Senator Ayotte, State Senator Boutin,  and a member of rolling thunder. The chair is located at Veterans Park at Jacob Square

 

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Photo courtesy of D. Valade  HHS

ROBIES OPEN HOUSE

Come visit Robies Country Store on Sunday April 19,2015 from 9 am to 3 pm.  It was 40 years ago that Jimmy Carter became “JIMMY WHO” and who became President Carter the 3th President of the United States.  Check out the wall of pictures including the iconic photo Carter and Robie .  Notice the  calendar in the picture which shows a  “20”.  Based on information obtained from the Carter Presidential Library, Carter was in NH  on March 20 and April 20 1975.  Based on Mr. Robie’s short sleeves it is most likely April.

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Here’s a shot of the photo wall

Historic Iron and Steel Bridges of New Hampshire

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Thursday, April 23 at 6:45 p.m.The metal bridges built from the 1860’s through the 1930’s were some of the largest and most impressive crossings ever built in the state, corresponding with nationwide trends and a shift of bridge building design and technology.

Glenn Knoblock will discuss the oft-forgotten metal bridges, made of iron first, then steel, that began to replace New Hampshire’s covered bridges beginning in the 1860’s. Today, these structures have dwindled greatly in number and many are in danger of being lost, while others, like the Portsmouth-Kittery Memorial Bridge, will soon be replaced. Though those that remain today are often seen as rusted and unsightly relics of the past, this program makes a case for their preservation and continued presence in our landscape.

This event is open to the public and there is no charge to attend.

This New Hampshire Humanities Council event is co-sponsored by the Hooksett Historical Society and the Hooksett Library.

There will be a brief 10-15 minute business meeting for the Hooksett Historical Society beginning at 6:30 p.

POW/MIA Chair dedication

On Sunday April  19 , 2015  the new installed POW/MIA Chair will be dedicated at Veterans Park at Jacobs  Park. Program begins at 11 am.

Rolling thunder to participate