Wednesday, October 19, 2011

New Hampshire History Week- October 16 -22, 2011

On 12 July 2011 New Hampshire Governor John Lynch signed House Bill 585 proclaiming that the third week of October be recognized as “New Hampshire History Week”.    Historical societies, schools and museums across the state are presenting special events this week, October 16 -22 for the first celebration of the new “New Hampshire History Week”.    Last night in Concord there was a special presentation and press conference at the New Hampshire Historical Society.
Representative David Watters of Dover, a major sponsor of the bill, was at the signing and said “If we are to have historical resources so today’s history can be understood, we must rely on families with full attics, local libraries and historical societies, and our great museums, colleges and universities, and indeed, on the state government, to collect and preserve them.”  For more information, contact Representative Watters at 603-969-9224 or

Events for New Hampshire History Week

October 19th at the Exeter American Independence Museum  The 230th anniversary of the surrender of British troops at Yorktown will be observed.  On display will be the surrender document created by Nicholas Gilman, Jr. who served on General George Washington’s staff at the time.  Visitors will learn more about the Battle of Yorktown and tours will be offered at 10 a.m., 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.  Regular tour fees will apply.

October 20th, the Hooksett Historical Society will present “Night at the Prescott Museum” featuring an open house, trivia games and puzzles from 5:30 to 7:30PM 

October 21 and 22 at the Exeter American Independence Museum  A 280th birthday party for the senior Nicholas Gilman.  Gilman lived at what is now known as the Ladd-Gilman House, c. 1721, and was a key player in NH’s role during the American Revolution.  Birthday cake, a quill writing craft, and a birthday card will be part of the festivities.  Regular tour fees of $5 per adult, $3 per student will apply; children under 6 are admitted at no charge.

October 22 the Hooksett Historical Society will host a Treasure Hunt from 12 Noon to 3PM.  For a donation of $20 per team, the contestants will locate town historic places and bring back answers based on the clues.  Prizes to the team with the most correct answers in the shortest time.  $100 worth of prizes to be given.

Press release from the New Hampshire Department of Cultural Resources

Copyright 2011, Heather Wilkinson Rojo

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