Founded in 1823 with a mission to save, preserve, and share New Hampshire history, the New Hampshire Historical Society recently joined the NH Heritage Trail, which extends from Portsmouth to Plymouth and several points north and west.
Heritage Museum Trail President and Executive Director of the Wright Museum of WWII in Wolfeboro, Michael Culver expressed enthusiasm at their newest member.
“The New Hampshire Historical Society has an incredible collection that helps tell New Hampshire’s history in many ways,” he said. “We are very pleased to welcome them to The Trail and look forward to the collaboration.”
The Society shares its collection of objects and archives through exhibitions, a research library, comprehensive website, various publications, and youth and adult educational programs. Current exhibitions include a Native American dugout canoe, Revolutionary War flags, White Mountain landscape art, portraits of New Hampshire residents, decorative arts, and the original 1818 eagle that once sat atop the state capitol.
According to Bill Dunlap, president of the Society, membership in The Trail makes sense.
“The Heritage Museum Trail provides a great way for visitors and residents alike to learn about and experience these wonderful venues—being part of the Heritage Museum Trail helps us share it even more widely,” he said.
In looking ahead to 2017, Culver said the addition of The Society helps underscore the diversity present on The Trail.
“From education programs and fun, family events to exhibits and so much more, The Trail offers an experience for all ages,” he said. “The Society opens up new markets for us and we hope we can do the same for them.”
The New Hampshire Historical Society is located at 30 Park Street in downtown Concord. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $7 for adults and free for children under 18, active military personnel and their families, and members of the New Hampshire Historical Society. To learn more, visit www.nhhistory.org.
Museums on the Trail include the Aviation Museum, Albacore Park, American Independence Museum, Castle in the Clouds, Lake Winnipesaukee Museum, Libby Museum, Millyard Museum, Museum of the White Mountains, New Hampshire Boat Museum, New Hampshire Farm Museum, New Hampshire Historical Society, Portsmouth Historical Society @ Discover Portsmouth, Remick Country Doctor Museum and Farm, The Belknap Mill, Woodman Museum, and Wright Museum of WWII.