Between 2018 and 2020, nearly 50 photographers captured the people, places, culture, and events of New Hampshire as part of New Hampshire Now, a venture that involves several museums on the NH Heritage Museum Trail.
“We are so pleased we have the opportunity to participate in this project and showcase exhibits that document life in New Hampshire during the past year,” noted President Jeff Barraclough.
At New Hampshire Now’s flagship exhibit at the New Hampshire Historical Society, this ‘life’ includes everything from county fairs and craftsmen working in their shops to kids at summer camp. This photographic diary also includes images of extraordinary events of our time, including first responders in the Covid-19 pandemic and Black Lives Matter protests held around the state in the summer of 2020.
While the exhibit at the New Hampshire Historical Society in Concord has a statewide focus, the others are tailored for every region of New Hampshire and feature images that characterize each specific area. The New Hampshire Now exhibit at Portsmouth Historical Society features images from the Seacoast and well-known people in the Portsmouth community.
“Visitors recognize not just the landscape, but owners of local businesses, well known artists, musicians, and teachers,” said Meredith Affleck, Manager, Exhibitions & Programming. “The photographs are works of art, really shining a light on the talent and commitment that these photographers bring to their work.”
At Manchester Historic Association’s Millyard Museum, its New Hampshire Now exhibit features some images Executive Director John Clayton described as provocative. “Manchester photos are far more gritty and representative of an urban environment,” he said.
At the opening reception of the New Hampshire Now exhibit at Belknap Mill, Andrew Hosmer, mayor of Laconia, was in attendance. He spoke to the legacy of the Belknap Mill, honoring Peter Karagianis, Sr. who, along with other dedicated community members, saved the Mill from destruction during a period of urban renewal.
“The Mill represents the history of a community, the stories of its people and a vision towards the future,” said Hosmer. “This exhibition shines a light on New Hampshire in a way that captures and reflects who we are…the beauty, the grit and our individual and collective resilience.”
In addition to exhibitions, public programs and events, New Hampshire Now features a book that is available at each exhibition site, independent bookstores around the state, and at nhhistory.org. New Hampshire Now is a joint venture of the New Hampshire Historical Society and the New Hampshire Society of Photographic Artists.
To learn more about New Hampshire Now, including all exhibition locations, click here.
Formed in 2014, the NH Heritage Museum Trail is divided into the Seacoast, Merrimack Valley and Lakes Regions. Member institutions are located in Canterbury, Concord, Dover, Exeter, Laconia, Loudon, Manchester, Moultonborough, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Tamworth and Wolfeboro.