On Saturday, October 21, the Association of Historical Societies of New Hampshire presented awards to four historical societies throughout the state at the Association’s annual meeting at the Monadnock Center for History and Culture in Peterborough, New Hampshire. Each year the Association recognizes historical organizations that use best practice in the field of museums to accomplish their goals, bring in new visitors, create new partnerships, or use local history to make a significant impact in their community.
This year the Association recognized: Roger Daniels for lifetime achievement at the Rumney Historical Society; Canterbury Historical Society for its publication "Staying Small in a Century of Growth: Canterbury, New Hampshire 1900-2000;” Walpole Historical Society for its exhibition “When They Were Young: Children’s Clothing 1800 to 1960,” and a consortium of thirteen organizations in the Merrimack Valley that collaborated on year-long exhibitions and programming entitled “Over Here, Over There: World War I and life in NH Communities.” The World War I program involved the Aviation Museum of New Hampshire, Bradford Historical Society, Hopkinton Historical Society, Hopkinton Town Library, Mt. Kearsage Indian Museum, New Hampshire Telephone Museum, New London Historical Society, Penacook Historical Society, Pillsbury Free Library, Little Nature Museum, Warner Historical Society, Webster Historical Society, and Webster Public Library.
“We have a great sense of pride in the work being done throughout our state to collect, preserve, and communicate local history,” remarked Jennifer Carroll chair of the AHSNH award committee. “We’re so happy to showcase projects that demonstrate long-term commitment to preserving our state’s history. The public programming and research projects awarded truly engaged the general public in the study of the past in meaningful ways.”
The Association of Historical Societies of New Hampshire is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization dedicated to encouraging and assisting historical organizations in the state of New Hampshire in the study, preservation, and understanding of local history.