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Media Library

Create your own lesson plans and activities using the resources available here in this database, searchable by date, resource type, location, and topic. All resources in the curriculum—images, documents, maps, objects, audiovisuals, biographies, and vocab words—gathered in one easy-to-access location.

These resources included here were used in the "Moose on the Loose" curriculum. If you want access to the full catalog of objects, manuscripts, and archives in the New Hampshire Historical Society's collections, visit the online catalog on the Society's website at nhhistory.org.

Location: Other
Theme: Civics and Government, Economy, War, Women
Audiovisual

Speech by Eleanor Roosevelt

Each Sunday evening, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt spoke to the nation on the radio. This is part of her weekly radio broadcast on December 21, 1941, just a few weeks after the United States entered World War II.
Location: Statewide
Theme: Civics and Government, Politics
Biography

Bill Gardner

William M. “Bill” Gardner became the New Hampshire secretary of state in 1976. His job is to run all of the elections in New Hampshire. He also makes sure that everyone follows the election laws. Gardner believes that the New Hampshire primary is a really important tradition. Every four years, he picks the date for the New Hampshire primary. He...
Location: Great North Woods
Theme: Civics and Government, Politics
Biography

Neil Tillotson

Neil Tillotson was a successful businessman. In 1954, he bought the Balsams, a big hotel in the town of Dixville Notch. The nearest voting place was over 50 miles away, so Tillotson worked to have the Balsams named as the voting place for Dixville Notch. He helped make famous the tradition of voting at midnight by inviting the media to the...
Location: Statewide
Theme: Civics and Government, NH Firsts and Notables, Politics
Biography

Sherman Adams

Sherman Adams was the governor of New Hampshire during the 1952 primary. He was a friend of General Dwight D. “Ike” Eisenhower. He helped Ike win the New Hampshire primary that year on the Republican side. Then he traveled all over the country to help Ike win primaries in other states. After Ike became the president, Sherman Adams went to...
Location: Merrimack Valley, Statewide
Theme: War, NH Firsts and Notables
Biography

John Stark

John Stark is one of the New Hampshire’s most famous military leaders. He was born in Londonderry. He was a farmer, hunter, and trapper. As a young man he was captured by Native Americans and spent about a year living with an Abenaki family in Canada, until he was sent back to New Hampshire. When fighting broke out between the patriots and the...
Location: Statewide, Seacoast
Theme: War, Politics
Biography

John Wentworth

John Wentworth came from an old, wealthy New Hampshire family. His uncle, Benning Wentworth, was New Hampshire’s first royal governor. In 1767, John became New Hampshire’s second—and last—royal governor. He tried to keep the best interests of New Hampshire and its people in mind. But he was loyal to the king and tried to enforce the British laws...
Location: Seacoast
Theme: Civics and Government, War, NH Firsts and Notables, Politics
Biography

Josiah Bartlett

Josiah Bartlett one of the three signers of the Declaration of Independence from New Hampshire. He was a doctor who lived in Kingston. Bartlett was a patriot and held secret meetings with other patriots in his attic. His house was even burned down once by people who opposed the patriots. He was on the NH Committee of Correspondence, and was...
Location: Merrimack Valley
Theme: Civics and Government, War, NH Firsts and Notables, Politics
Biography

Matthew Thornton

Matthew Thornton was one of the three signers of the Declaration of Independence from New Hampshire. He was born in Ireland and immigrated with his parents to New England as a young child. He became a doctor and lived in Londonderry. He supported the patriots and was one of the first people to argue that America should not be a British colony...
Location: Seacoast
Theme: Civil Rights, African Americans
Biography

Nero Brewster

Nero Brewster was born in Africa, where he was enslaved as a child and transported to New England. His master was William Brewster, a tavern owner in Portsmouth who was involved in the patriot cause. It was common at that time for enslaved persons to use the last name of their owner. Nero Brewster was a leader in the African American community...
Location: Seacoast, Other
Theme: War, Politics
Biography

Paul Revere

Paul Revere lived in Boston, where he was a silversmith. He was very involved with the patriot cause. He was a member of the Sons of Liberty and participated in the Boston Tea Party. In December 1774, he rode on his horse to Portsmouth to deliver a message from the patriots in Boston that British ships were on their way to Fort William and Mary...