Joint Local History Workshop Announced

The Association is pleased to announce its joint sponsorship of Workshop: Local History NH!, to be held on Saturday, November 4, from 9:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Presented in conjunction with the New Hampshire Historical Society, the daylong workshop will be hosted at the Concord headquarters of the New Hampshire Historical Society at 30 Park Street.

The daylong workshop is focused on supporting those who work or volunteer within historical and collecting organizations. Topics will include such issues as managing collections, working collaboratively with other local historical societies, using social media, and fundraising.

Details on the workshop and registration materials (when available) will be posted online at the New Hampshire Historical Society's website.

Call for 2017 Award Nominations

The Association of Historical Societies of New Hampshire is pleased to welcome nominations for its Local History Awards. The awards recognize outstanding work of organizations and individuals seeking to preserve, interpret, and/or promote appreciation and understanding of an aspect of New Hampshire history. The Association's mission is to encourage and assist in the study, preservation, and understanding of New Hampshire’s history.

For details on the Association's award guidelines and nomination and submission process, please download the Association's 2017 announcement and Nomination Form.


Any individual, group, or organization that has furthered the preservation, interpretation and/or promotion of appreciation and understanding of an aspect of New Hampshire history is eligible to be nominated for an Association award. The Association encourages historical societies, museums, and private individuals to nominate themselves or others.

Award Criteria

The Awards Selection Committee of the Association will consider the following:

  1. Significance or impact of undertaking on a community, region or the state of New Hampshire
  2. Use of professional practice, volunteer engagement, and degree of support
  3. Projects (or people) that act as a model for others seeking to preserve and interpret local history (excluding building preservation projects)

Awards may be given in any or all of the four categories in a given year. The Association reserves the right to move a nomination into another category if the supporting materials so warrant. All decisions of the Selection Committee are final.

Award Categories

The Association will award excellence in the following categories:

  • Research/Documentation—including archival work and genealogy.
  • Collections Management—including acquisitions, stewardship and/or preservation. The Association does not award projects involving building restoration.
  • Public Education/Public Programs—including publications and school programs
  • Lifetime Achievement— the Selection Committee will also consider applications for lifetime achievement to be given to an individual who has displayed outstanding volunteer commitment and contributed to state or local history in a substantial way that may be a model for others.

Deadline & Submission Info

Applications are due September 23, 2017. Complete and mail five (5) copies of this form and five (5) copies of supporting materials to: Association of Historical Societies of New Hampshire, Awards Committee, 75 South Main Street, Unit 7, PMB 101, Concord, NH 03301. Nominations must be postmarked September 23, 2017.

Questions? Contact Jennifer Carroll, or 603-352-1895.
Awards will be announced at the Association’s annual meeting in October.

2017 Annual Meeting Scheduled

The Association’s 2017 Annual Meeting is scheduled to take place on Saturday, October 21, from 10:00-11:30 a.m. We are pleased to announce that the meeting will be hosted by the Monadnock Center for History and Culture, which is located at 19 Grove Street in Peterborough, NH.

Association members and friends are invited to join with Association officers and directors in celebrating 2017 award winners, discussing plans for 2018, and sharing news with peer organizations around the state. Formal Association business will include the election of officers as well as a vote on a proposed amendment to the by-laws.

The mission of the 67-year old, all-volunteer Association is to encourage and assist in the study, preservation, and understanding of New Hampshire’s history. Members are a crucial support to this important mission. 

2016 AHSNH Award Winners Announced

AHSNH Award winners were announced during the Annual Meeting of the Association of Historical Societies of New Hampshire, held at the Hopkinton Historical Society on October 22, 2016. The Association's awards committee considered organizations nominated for their excellence at preserving, interpreting, and/or promoting an appreciation for and understanding of an aspect of New Hampshire history. Jennifer Carroll of the Historical Society of Cheshire County, who is also an Association officer, presented the awards on behalf of the Association.

The Madison Historical Society received the first award for their exhibit "Wedding Dresses Through the Ages," inspired by Linda Lovering's offer of wedding dress for display at the Society. Expanding their vision beyond this initial inspiration, the Madison Historical Society created an exhibit and accompanying web-based catalog that featured thirty wedding dresses and other wedding accessories and memorabilia, broadening the discussion of wedding dresses to fashion and beyond. This award for public education and public programs was accepted on behalf of the Madison Historical Society by Linda Smith.

The Newport Historical Society received two awards from the Association for the publication of Jayna Huot Hooper's book Billy B. Van, Newport's Sunshine Peddler. The book, a biography of the popular entertainer and Newport resident, inspired interest and additional research into Van's life and accomplishments that will culminate in an exhibit and filmography. For these accomplishments, Cathryn Baird accepted both the research and documentation award and the public education and public program award on behalf of the Newport Historical Society . Special mention was made of the author, who was prevented from attending by a family illness.

As part of the Association's mission to encourage and assist others in the study, preservation, and understanding of New Hampshire’s history, the directors and members of the Association are pleased to recognize this outstanding work. To nominate an organization or project for consideration in 2017, please contact the Association at 

Join Us!

After a dormant period, the 66-year old, all-volunteer Association of Historical Societies of New Hampshire has renewed its commitment to serving local historical societies and organizations. The Board is enthusiastic about refreshing core resources like the Association Directory, and is also focused on presenting members with new offerings in conjunction with partners like the New Hampshire Historical Society and the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance. 

If you support or lead a local historical societies, the Association wants to partner with you. Look for outreach from the Association this summer, outlining plans for the future and providing an opportunity to update your organization's directory information. If you choose to renew your membership, you can also call on the Association to help promote your work and strengthen your connection with peers and colleagues around the Granite State. 

For more information, please contact the Association via our online form


Annual Meeting and Awards Scheduled

The Association of Historical Societies of New Hampshire will recognize the outstanding work being done by historical organizations and individuals in the state of New Hampshire at its annual meeting on October 22, 2016, at the Hopkinton Historical Society.  Nominations are currently being sought for those historical societies, museums, and private who have excelled at preserving, interpreting, and/or promoting an appreciation for and understanding of an aspect of New Hampshire history. 

Awards will be given in the following categories:  Research, Collections Management, Public Education, and Lifetime Achievement.  The deadline for nominations is September 10, 2016, and forms are available on the Association's website. Please submit nominations to Jennifer Carroll, PO Box 803, Keene, NH 03431 (or by email at 

The Association of Historical Societies of New Hampshire is a nonprofit networking organization dedicated to encouraging and assisting others in the study, preservation, and understanding of New Hampshire’s history.