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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 13, 2011

Shelly Angers, N.H. Department of Cultural Resources
(603) 271-3136
shelly.angers@dcr.nh.gov
Twitter: @NHCulture

“N.H. History Week” celebrated for the first time

The public is invited to a reception and press conference to celebrate the inaugural New Hampshire History Week on Tuesday, Oct. 18, 4-6 p.m., at the New Hampshire Historical Society, 30 Park St., Concord, N.H. The event will celebrate New Hampshire’s history, historical societies, historic preservation and the teaching of history.

The event is hosted by a coalition of groups working to preserve, interpret and educate the public about New Hampshire’s history and its historical resources. These partners include the New Hampshire Historical Society, the Association of Historical Societies of New Hampshire, the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance, the New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources, the New Hampshire Department of Cultural Resources, the New Hampshire Department of Education, and the New Hampshire Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP).

On July 12, 2011, Gov. John Lynch signed House Bill 585, sponsored by Rep. David Watters of Dover, proclaiming the third week in October as New Hampshire History Week. An annual proclamation of New Hampshire History Week will encourage schools, historical societies, preservationists, libraries, museums, tourism groups and the general public to celebrate the importance of New Hampshire’s history.

New Hampshire History Week supports the preservation of New Hampshire's historical documents, artifacts and buildings, as well as its historic areas and archaeological sites, as a way of promoting the understanding of history. It also encourages educating students and the general public about the importance of New Hampshire’s history and its preservation.

With the establishment of a New Hampshire History Week, at least once a year the history of the state will be called to the foreground of public awareness. The Governor’s proclamation provides an opportunity for observation by schools, historical societies and museums as well as other groups.

October is a month with many significant dates in New Hampshire history, including:

  • October 7, 1756: The New Hampshire Gazette, the first newspaper in the state, commenced publication—a reminder that freedom of the press is essential to our liberty;
  • October 30, 1789: President George Washington, on his visit to New Hampshire, spoke from the State House in Portsmouth. This visit and speech helped define the nature of the presidency and executive power in our republic; and
  • October 8, 1869: the death of President Franklin Pierce stood as a reminder of the cauldron of conflicts during his presidency that preceded the Civil War.

A New Hampshire History Week Steering Committee will support celebration of the annual week and foster activities connected to the week in schools, historical societies and in preservation organizations.

For further information, contact Rep. David Watters, david.watters@leg.state.nh.us, (603) 969-9224.

New Hampshire’s Department of Cultural Resources includes the State Council on the Arts, the Film and Television Office, the Division of Historical Resources, the State Library and the Commission on Native American Affairs. The Department strives to nurture the cultural well-being of our state. From the covered bridges and traditional music of our past to the avant garde performances and technological resources of today and tomorrow, New Hampshire’s culture is as varied as its geography and its people. This strong cultural base—which truly has something for everyone—attracts businesses looking for engaged workforces, provides outstanding educational opportunities and creates communities worth living in. Learn more at www.nh.gov/nhculture/.

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