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New Hampshire Historical Society

Mason’s Fun Fact! There are treasures in the collections of the New Hampshire Historical Society, including John Stark’s snowshoes and Daniel Webster’s highchair. The Society is also the de facto presidential library for President Franklin Pierce as many of his papers are in the Society’s archives.

We love New Hampshire, and we've been saving its history for nearly two centuries.
 
Founded in 1823, the New Hampshire Historical Society is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to saving, preserving, and sharing New Hampshire history. Nowhere will you find a more extensive collection of objects and archives related to the state’s history. The Society shares these vast collections through its library, museum, website, publications, exhibitions, and youth and adult educational programs.
 
The Society's 1911 headquarters building at 30 Park Street in Concord is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Home to the Society’s library, exhibitions, and school and public programs, the building is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., for a modest admission fee. Exhibitions focus on a variety of New Hampshire topics, including iconic objects of New Hampshire history such as the original eagle from the New Hampshire State House, a rare Revolutionary War flag, portraits of Daniel Webster and Franklin Pierce, and White Mountain art. Both guided tours and a self-guided tour of the building via a mobile app are available.

The New Hampshire Historical Society provides a variety of learning experiences for children and adults. Offerings include school programs at the Society in Concord, artifact-based traveling programs, history courses, lectures, and workshops. In 2017, the Society launched a major new initiative, called "The Democracy Project: Renewing History and Civics Education in New Hampshire Schools," to help address the growing knowledge gap in the areas of history and civics for Granite State kids.
 
The Society's award-winning publications include the semi-annual Historical New Hampshire, the only statewide journal devoted to New Hampshire history, occasional books, exhibition catalogs, and printed and electronic newsletters with information on the Society's collections, programs, and activities.
 
In 2015, the Society launched the New Hampshire History Network (NHHN), a digital gateway that provides centralized access to New Hampshire's history and historical collections through partnerships with local historical societies and other collecting institutions. In addition, the Society’s website offers a wealth of information, from an online catalog with thousands of digitized images of museum and library collections to interpretative content like the Timeline of New Hampshire History and online exhibits.
 
All of the Society’s programs and services are made possible by membership dues and contributions.

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Plan a visit, explore the collections and the Timeline of New Hampshire History, access the building tour through the mobile app, connect with the New Hampshire History Network, and discover the many benefits of membership in the New Hampshire Historical Society.