The mission of the Association of Historical Societies of New Hampshire is to encourage and assist in the study, preservation, and understanding of New Hampshire’s history. To accomplish this mission the Association acts as a networking organization to serve the state’s historical societies and organizations, cultural institutions, and other interested organizations and individuals. 


The Association was formed at a meeting held September 15, 1950, in “The Little Red Schoolhouse” in Wakefield, with thirteen societies represented. It was incorporated on October 16, 1951, with twenty-four charter member societies and about 100 additional individual members.

2017 Officers and Directors

  • Heather Mitchell, Hopkinton Historical Society (President)
  • Valerie Cunningham, African American Resource Center (Vice President)
  • Jennifer Carroll, Historical Society of Cheshire County (Treasurer)
  • Judith Solberg, Cardigan Mountain School Archives (Corresponding Secretary)
  • David Ruell, Ashland Historical Society (Recording Secretary)
  • Bob Cottrell, Conway and Tamworth Historical Societies and Henney History Room of Conway Public Library
  • Elizabeth Farish, Strawbery Banke
  • Michelle Stahl, Monadnock Center for History and Culture
  • Beverly Thomas, New Hampshire Preservation Alliance

Past Presidents of the Association

Honorary President

S. Carleton Rogers

Past Presidents 

  • 1950-1952    S. Carleton Rogers, Wakefield-Brookefield Historical Society 
  • 1952-1954    Mary Senior Brown, Sandwich Historical Society
  • 1954-1956    Arthur A. Tilton, Thompson- Ames Historical Society
  • 1956-1958    Mrs. John F. Cloutman, Farmington Historical Society 
  • 1958-1960    Philip A. Wilcox, Durham Historical Society
  • 1960-1962    Alexander R. Livingstone, Sanbornton Historical Society 
  • 1962-1964    Prescott W. Hall, Salem
  • 1964-1966    Ralph R. Acker, Madison
  • 1966-1968    John C. Perry, Historical Society of Cheshire County
  • 1968-1970    Mrs. Philip A. Wilcox, Durham Historical Society
  • 1970-1972    J. Gardner Mills, Dunbarton Historical Society 
  • 1972-1974    Edward G. Wood, North Hampton
  • 1974-1976    Mrs. O.H. Drake, Wolfeboro
  • 1976-1978    David R. Proper, Keene Historical Society 
  • 1978-1979    William G. Herman, Weare Historical Society
  • 1979-1980    Arthur J. Moody, Hampton
  • 1980-1982    Mildred Ilsley, Plaistow Historical Society
  • 1982-1984    Ann Tenney, Newport
  • 1984-1986    Virginia O'Neal, Hinsdale
  • 1986-1988    David Willis, Raymond
  • 1988-1990    Ruth Loring, Ossipee
  • 1990-1992    Ingrid Smith, Center Harbor
  • 1992-1994    Ralph T. Malmgren, Wolfeboro Historical Society
  • 1994-1996    Ellamarie Carr, Alton
  • 1996-1998    Edward Tuck, Hanover
  • 1998-2001    David Ruell, Ashland
  • 2001-2003    Frederick Foley, Wolfeboro
  • 2003-2006    Linda Day, Concord
  • 2007-2010    Tom Haynes, Historical Society of Cheshire County
  • 2016               Jennifer Goodman, New Hampshire Preservation Alliance