At the end of the 19th century, more people were moving out of New Hampshire than moving to it. People especially didn’t want to stay working on farms. Many of the state’s small towns saw a decline in their population. Governor Frank Rollins came up with the idea that every New Hampshire town should hold an Old Home Week as a way to celebrate their community. The townspeople in each community would decide how they wanted to celebrate, but most towns held picnics, concerts, baseball games, plays, dinners, parades, and fireworks. Rollins also encouraged towns to write letters to people who used to live there but had moved away, inviting them back again to see old friends at the celebration. When these visitors returned, they often donated money to the town to build a new building or create a park for the townspeople. New Hampshire towns stopped holding Old Home Week in the 1920s, but many began the tradition again in the 1990s or 2000s, only now the celebration usually lasts a day. Does your town celebrate Old Home Day?