Our lives in New Hampshire are full of traditions, or cherished ways of doing things. But people in New Hampshire also find new ways to do things. Throughout our history, Granite Staters have created inventions or led the nation in reform movements and new industries. The New Hampshire we know today may seem very different from the New Hampshire of long ago. Our society is always changing to meet new challenges and explore new ideas. But our way of life also has its roots in our state’s past.