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New Hampshire State Library celebrates 300 years

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The New Hampshire State Library – the first state library in America – will be celebrating its 300th anniversary throughout 2017.


In January 1717, New Hampshire’s 27th General Assembly met in Portsmouth, passing several orders and resolves. On the 25th of that month, it declared that:


“Law books be distributed among ye severall towns of this Province in proportion according to their last Prov : tax, except two books wch shall be for ye Govr & Councill & house of representatives.”


Those books were the beginning of the New Hampshire State Library.


Throughout the year, we will post 300 “fun facts” of information about the State Library, as well as about New Hampshire library history and New Hampshire literary history, on our Facebook and Twitter accounts. We will also distribute Op-Eds about today’s New Hampshire State Library to media outlets.


We hope that you will join us throughout 2017 as we celebrate this important milestone. We will update this webpage often as we add more information about the anniversary.


Visit our Facebook page – like us!

Visit our Twitter feed – follow us!
View our archive of social media posts

View the original legislation from 1717

Read and view Governor Sununu's proclamation naming 2017 "New Hampshire State Library Year"

Read the press release, "NH State Library first in the nation; Celebrates 300 years in 2017"
Read the monthly Op-Ed series:
"In 2017, celebrate another First in the Nation for NH" (January)
"A New Hampshire tradition: Library access in every community" (February)



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