Books About New Hampshire
Abbot-Downing And The Concord Coach
Scheiber, Harry N.
(New Hampshire Historical Society, 1989)

Originally published in Historical N.H. in 1965, this reprint makes available information on the Abbot-Downing Company, which built the world famous Concord Coach along with other vehicles. Photographs of these early vehicles illustrate the text.

Abraham Lincoln In New Hampshire
Page, Elwin L.
(Houghton 1929)

Delightful account of Lincoln's tour of N.H. & valuable for the information it contains about the political life of the state in the 1850's and 1860's.

All About New Hampshire
Youst, Yvonne & Susan Ackerman
(Jupiter Press, 1989)

By blending prose and poetry, the authors describe the people, places and events important in N.H. history.

Along The Connecticut River: Fairlee/West Fairlee, Orford, Bradford, Piermont, Newbury, and Haverhill
(Arcadia, 1996)

The Connecticut River serves as a border between New Hampshire and Vermont. Towns from both of these states are included in this visual history of the area. Photographs were contributed by local historical societies.

America's First People
Hanson, Rosalind P.
(NH Antiquarian Society, 1996)

Part one gives an overview of the first settlers in North America, the various tribes and biographical sketches of notable Indian chiefs. Part two focuses on New Hampshire Indians, their cultural divisions, way of life, includes profiles of both past and contemporary Native Americans, and organizations promoting interracial culture.

Amoskeag: Life And Work In An American Factory-City
Hareven, Tamara & Randolph Langenbach
(Pantheon, 1978)

Amoskeag Manufacturing Company of Manchester, N.H., comes to life through the voices of its former employees, who described what it was like working in the mills early in the 20th century. This oral history is enhanced by photographs of the factory buildings & the people who worked in them.

"And Then There Was One": A History Of The Hotels Of The Summit And The West Side Of Mt. Washington
McAvoy, George E.
(Crawford Press, 1988)

The 5 great hotels in the town of Carroll,N.H. (formerly Bretton Woods) were the Fabyan House, Crawford House, Twin Mountain House, Mount Pleasant House, & the Mount Washington Hotel. This book chronicles their history, their origin, their development, the "Glory Years," the trials and tribulations, and the loss of each one in turn until there was only 1 left, the Mount Washington Hotel.

The Androscoggin River Valley: Gateway To The White Mountains
Wight, D.B.
(Tuttle, 1968)

Detailed & vivid narrative of the founding & development of a N.E. frontier area, much of it taken verbatim from contemporary sources.

Annals Of The Grand Monadnock
Chamberlain, Allen
(Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, 1936)

A history of the mountain and the region.

Around Hooksett: Hooksett and Auburn
Noyes, Alice
(Arcadia, 1997)

The town of Hooksett was created from parts of several other towns, Goffstown, Dunbarton, and Chester (now Auburn). The Merrimack River divides the town, which harnessed the waterpower for its mills and factories. Pictures of the 1936 flood show how the town was affected by that disaster. In Auburn, Lake Massabesic lured many people to its peace and tranquility. Its fine white sands were used by early glassblowers.

Around Jackson
Johnson, Richard N.
(Arcadia Publishers, 1995)

Jackson, New Hamphsire, is one of the premier resort locations in the Northeast. From his own extensive postcard collection, the author has compiled a visual history of the town and its beautiful surroundings.

Around Portsmouth In The Victorian Era: The Photography Of The Davis Brothers
Dolph, James & Roman Donohue
(Arcadia Publishing, 1997)

Lewis and Charles Davis operated one of the most successful photographic studios in the Portsmouth area in the second half of the nineteenth century. This visual history of Portsmouth is based on the Portsmouth Athenaeum's collection of the Davis brothers stereopticon images.

Around Swanzey: Swanzey, Ashuelot, Winchester, Richmond, Fitzwilliam, And Hinsdale
Apkarian-Russell, Pamela
(Arcadia Publishing, 1996)

Another volume in the "Images of America" series presents a photographic history of six communities in the southwestern part of the state. Swanzey was the home of the playwright, Denman Thompson, whose play, "The Old Homestead", was performed annually by local residents.

At What Cost? Shaping The Land We Call New Hampshire: A Land Use History
Ober, Richard, editor
(New Hampshire Historical Society, 1992)

The Historical Society and the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests combined in the preparation of a multi-media exposition of the history of land use in N.H. An exhibition, educational programs & this publication show how many factors have affected land use, such as transportation corridors & technologies, industrial development & conflicting interests & motives.

Atlantic Heights: A World War I Shipbuilder's Community
Candee, Richard M.
(Peter E. Randall, 1985)

At the beginning of WW I a program was established to set up government supported shipyards, such as the Atlantic Corporation on the bank of the Piscataqua River in Portsmouth, N.H. Atlantic Heights, the community designed by architect Walter Kilham to house the shipyard workers & their families, was considered by many experts to be the best example of its type in that era.

Bear Island Reflections
(Bear Island Conservation Association., 1989)

History of the second largest island in Lake Winnipesaukee told through recollections & anecdotes.

The Blueberry Express: A History Of The Suncook Valley Railroad
Hutchins, John C., editor
(Suncook Valley Railroad Historical Society, 1985)

Railroad buffs will enjoy this book, which tells the history of the Suncook Valley Railroad from its beginnings in the 19th century until its demise in the 1950's. Photographs of the rolling stock illustrate the text.

Builder Of Men: Life In The C.C.C. Camps Of New Hampshire
Draves, David D.
(Peter Randall, 1992)

The Civilian Conservation Corps was the most respected of the New Deal programs in the Depression era. Over 11,000 N.H. young men between the ages of 17 & 28 were among those who worked in the camps. They were engaged in reforestation, construction & emergency activities. The work built up their self-esteem & provided money for their families, while improving the nation's environment. Their story is told through interviews & written words of the men themselves & those who administered the camps.

Building Portsmouth: The Neighborhoods And Architecture Of New Hampshire's Oldest City
Candee, Richard M.
(Portsmouth Advocates, 1992)

Portsmouth, N.H. is home to a wide range of architecture, from colonial & federal style mansions, & smaller houses of mariners & craftsmen to Victorian dwellings & various housing styles for successive generations of industrial workers. Through the history of its buildings & the people who created them, architectural historian Richard M. Candee studies Portsmouth's evolution from a coastal settlement to a city with many distinct neighborhoods.

Building The Railroad Through Crawford Notch
Robertson, Edwin "Bill"   (The Author, 1996)

From the author's collection of stereoptic view cards, we follow the building of the railroad through Crawford Notch in the late nineteenth century. We see the men at work laying the rails, and can imagine the hard work entailed in cutting through the rock. Other views show the trains passing along the Frankenstein Trestle, men plowing the deep snow so that the rail lines may be kept clear, and the magnificent scenery observed by the railroad passengers.

Camp Tecumseh, 1903-1993
Clark, Fred G.
(Phoenix Publishing, 1994)

Camp Tecumseh, a boy's camp on Lake Winnipesaukee, was founded by three University of Pennsylvania graduates, Josiah McCracken, George Orton, and Alexander Grant, in 1903. Using personal recollections, anecdotes, and including many camp photographs, the author brings the camp's history to life.

Capital City Streetcar Days: The Concord & Manchester Electric Branch, The Concord Electric Railways And Predecessors, 1878-1933
Cummings, O.R.
(Harold E. Cox, 1996)

A history of the street railway lines, both horse and electric, which served Concord for more than half a century. The text is supplemented by financial tables, equipment rosters, and many photographs.

Capital Views: A Photographic History Of Concord, New Hampshire, 1850-1930
Hengen, Elizabeth Durfee & Gary Samson
(New Hampshire Historical Society, 1994)

Daily life in the nineteenth century Concord is portrayed through a wide range of photographs of its architecture, industries, transportation network, and recreational activities. Each photograph is accompanied by an essay which identifies the view, and places it in a broad historical context.

Cardigan Mountain School: History, 1945-1995
Hopkins, Robert C.
(Cardigan Mountain School, 1995)

Published to coincide with the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the founding of Cardigan Mountain School, a private boarding school in Canaan, NH, this volume chronicles the school's history from its founding in 1945. The second part of the book starts in 1960, when the school moved to a new building overlooking Canaan Street Lake.

Central Square And Beyond: Historical Images Of Keene And Cheshire County
Whitehouse, Bion H.
(Historical Society of Cheshire County, 1992)

Collection of photographs depicting life in Keene & Cheshire County (N.H.) at the beginning of the 20th century. Produced from the original glass negatives, these photographs have preserved for posterity these scenes from yesteryear. An introduction describes the life & career of the photographer, Bion H. Whitehouse.

A Century Of Railroading In Crawford Notch
Robertson, Edwin "Bill", and Benjamin W. English, Jr.
(Edwin B. Robertson, 1996)

Originally published in 1975, this pictorial history of the first hundred years of railroading through Crawford Notch has been updated to include Conway Scenic Railroad's effort to bring back trains to Crawford Notch. On August 26, 1995, Robertson rode on the first passenger trains from Conway through North Conway, Bartlett, to Crawford Notch Station.

Changing Humors Of Portsmouth: The Medical Biography Of An American Town, 1623-1983
Estes, J. Worth & David M. Goodman
(Countway Library of Medicine, 1986)

Originally planned as a history of Portsmouth Hospital, this book was expanded to include chapters on early Portsmouth physicians, the Portsmouth Medical Association, and public health concerns in the nineteenth century. Appendices include lists of Portsmouth physicians, causes of death diagnosed in Portsmouth 1801-1943, and operations performed at the Cottage Hospital 1890-1900.

The Chase Collection: Conway Village At The Turn Of The Century
Emerson, David
(Conway Historical Society, 1995)

Collection of photographs taken by Henry Chase portrays the village and its people at the turn of the century.

Chronicles Of The White Mountains
Kilbourne, Frederick W.
(Houghton, 1916)

This book of the White Mountains covers history, legend, first settlements, economic development & scientific exploration

Clippers Of The Port Of Portsmouth And The Men Who Built Them
Brighton, Ray
(Peter E. Randall, 1985)

Clipper ships were constructed primarily in the decade prior to the Civil War. Twenty-eight clippers were built in the Port of Portsmouth during this period. The author tells the story of the shipbuilders, as well as the history of the vessels they produced.

Colby's Indian History: Antiquities Of The New Hampshire Indians And Their Neighbors
Colby, Solon B.
(Walker's Pond Press, 1975)

Comprehensive history illustrated with Indian artifacts from the author's collection.

The College On The Hill: A Dartmouth Chronicle
Hill, Ralph Nading
(Dartmouth, 1965)

Lively account of Dartmouth College.

Colonial Meeting Houses Of New Hampshire
Speare, Eva A.
(Courier Printing Company, 1938)

An account of many of the early churches.

Colonial Portsmouth In Pen And Ink
Morgan, Francis
(Peter E. Randall, 1989)

Moffatt-Ladd House, Governor Benning Wentworth Mansion & John Paul Jones House are some of the 42 colonial Portsmouth, N.H. houses included in this large format volume which combines pen & ink sketches & text to describe these buildings, some of which are no longer standing, having become victims of urban renewal, fires, demolition & neglect.

Constructing Munitions Of War: The Portsmouth Navy Yard Confronts The Confederacy, 1861-1865
Winslow, Richard E.
(Peter E. Randall, 1995)

This book focuses on the Portsmouth Navy Yard during the Civil War years. Many ships built there were involved in naval action against the Confederate Navy. The author brings this period of conflict to life through excerpts from unpublished letters, diaries, and documents, and contemporary newspaper articles.

The Conways
Emerson, David
(Arcadia Publishers, 1995)

Life in the seven Conway communities is portrayed through photographs taken in the late nineteenth century through the early part of the twentieth.

Covered Bridges Of New Hampshire
White, Walter E.
(Courier Printing Company, 1942)

Although some of the bridges have disappeared, the reader will still find this a useful guide.

Democracy Fights
Guyol, Philip
(Dartmouth, 1951)

N.H. people in World War II collected scrap, bought war bonds, served on committees & fought at the front. The life of the people & the responsibilities of state and town are described in this excellent state sponsored history.

The Diary Of The Portsmouth, Kittery And York Electric Railroad
Bardwell, John D.
(Peter E. Randall, 1986)

In 1897, an electric railroad was constructed from Portsmouth, N. H., to York, ME. By means of news accounts, editorials & letters to the editor that appeared in the York Courant from January to November 1897, this book chronicles the events leading up to its construction, & the impact of the electric railroad on the community. The book is illustrated with photographs from the period.

Drowned Valley: The Piscataqua River Basin
Adams, John P.
(University Press of New England, 1976)

Collection of photographs portraying life in a coastal river region of N.H. from 1855-1920. Transcripts of recorded interviews with people living & working at that time accompany the photographs.

Dublin School: A New Beginning, 1970-1985
Latham, Charles, Jr.
(William L. Bauhan, 1987)

Paul Lehmann, founder of the Dublin School, was it headmaster for 35 years. He retired in 1970 when he felt the school needed a change of leadership. This book chronicles the history of the school since that time.

Dumaine's Amoskeag: Let The Record Speak
Kenison, Arthur M.
(Saint Anselm College Press, 1997)

In its heyday, Amoskeag Manufacturing Company was the largest textile firm in the world. In this book, the author reveals facts that disprove popularly held beliefs that the owners of the company abandoned its operations coldly and uncaringly during the Depression years. He contends that the company could still be in operation if it had not been for the management's desire to keep the mills in Manchester.

The Exeter-Squamscott: River Of Many Users
Tardiff, Olive   (the author, 1986)

The Exeter River flows from the sea to the Great Falls in Exeter, N.H. Below the falls it becomes fresh-water & changes its name to Squamscott River. This interesting local history provides information on the industries along the river, such as the mills, shipbuilding & mast trade; on the varied recreational activities on the river & on the historic restoration of the area.

Family Time And Industrial Time: The Relationship Between The Family And Work In A New England Industrial Community
Hareven, Tamara K.
(Cambridge University Press, 1982)

Focusing on the Amoskeag Mills in Manchester, N.H., the author examines the role of the family in the adaptation of immigrant laborers to factory work & life in an industrial city.

Footprints Of The Past: Images Of Cornish, New Hampshire & The Cornish Colony
Colby, Virginia Reed & James B. Atkinson
(NH Historical Society, 1996)

The book contains biographies and stories about the hundreds of artists, writers, and musicians, associated with the Cornish Colony, and the relationships they had with each other.

Former White Mountain Hotels
Lapham, Donald A.
(Carlton Press, 1975)

A nostalgic look at the various inns & hotels which dotted the White Mountain area.

The Franco-Americans In A New England Community: An Experiment In Survival
Theriault, George F.
(Arno Press, 1980)

This study, originally a doctoral dissertation, explores the nature of the Franco-American experiment to perpetuate in a N.E. setting those aspects of their culture that are of French and French Canadian origin. The author focuses his investigation on The Franco-Americans in Nashua, N.H.

Franconia and Sugar Hill
March, Arthur F., Jr.
(Arcadia, 1997)

The first photograph is this book shows a view from Sugar Hill across to Franconia Mountains. The beauty of the scenery brought tourists to the area, and Sugar Hill provided many of the grand summer hotels. This pictorial history covers both towns from 1840-1940.

From The King's Plantation To Home Town Heritage: Boscawen And Webster, New Hampshire
Silver, Walter Theo & Linnea Stadig Silver
(Peter E. Randall, 1997)

Until his death at the age of 89, Theo Silver, a surveyor, historian, archaeologist, and wildlife biologist, collected information about Boscawen and Webster, the towns where he grew up. Thus, this book is a personal history and town history, both interesting reading.

Genealogical Abstracts From The New Hampshire Mercury, 1784-1788
Scobie, Robert
(Heritage Books, 1997)

The New Hampshire Mercury was a weekly newspaper published in Portsmouth from December 24, 1784 to March 12, 1788. This volume contains more than 600 abstracts from articles, and provides the reader with valuable genealogical information and a general understanding of life in Portsmouth in the late eighteenth century.

Genealogical Abstracts From The New Hampshire Spy, 1786-1793
Scobie, Robert
(Heritage Books, 1995)

The New Hampshire Spy, a Portsmouth newspaper, was published from October 1786 to March 1793. This book contains abstracts of articles of genealogical interest, such as marriage and death notices, records of land sales, lists of ship arrivals and departures, and other interesting information about the people of Portsmouth.

George Washington In New Hampshire
Page, Elwin W.
(Portsmouth Marine Society, 1989)

Originally published in 1932, this book was reprinted in honor of the 200th anniversary of Washington's visit to N.H. & Portsmouth, N.H., where he spent 4 days in November 1789. Complementing the text are early photographs & paintings.

God, Grace, And Granite: The History Of Methodism In New Hampshire, 1768-1988
Kern, Charles W.
(Phoenix Publishing, 1988)

The author, a former pastor in Manchester, N.H., has written a comprehensive history of Methodism in N.H. N.H. Methodists made significant efforts in education, religious liberty & social justice. They were leaders in the abolition movement.

Gosport Remembered: The Last Village At The Isle Of Shoals
Randall, Peter E. & Maryellen Burke, edits.
(Peter E. Randall, 1997)

The Village of Gosport on Star Island is brought to life again with previously unpublished old photographs, and selections from writers such as Celia Thaxter, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Richard Henry Dana, Jr.

Granite And Ether: A Chronicle Of New Hampshire Broadcasting
Brouder, Edward, Jr.
(New Hampshire Association of Broadcasting, 1993)

A history of radio broadcasting in N.H. from 1922 when the first radio station broadcast from Berlin, N.H. Henry R. McLane, founder of the Laconia Radio Station, is considered the father of N.H. radio. Anecdotes on radio personalities enliven the text.

The Great White Hills Of New Hampshire
Poole, Ernest
(Doubleday, 1946)

Along with pages of anecdote & legend is the record of sober, hard work, & mighty accomplishment which reveals what N.H. people & N.H. genius have contributed to America.

Hampton And Hampton Beach
Teschek, William H.
(Arcadia, 1997)

A visual tour of Hampton and Hampton Beach, this book contains over two hundred old photographs showing images of the town and resort through the past hundred years.

Hart's Location In Crawford Notch: New Hampshire's Smallest Town
Varney, Marion L.
(Peter E. Randall, 1997)

During presidential primaries, attention is focused on Hart's Location, which has the smallest population in New Hampshire. A total of 40 residents was recorded in 1992. The town has no school, post office, church, police or fire department, nor does it have a town hall. It does have a town government, and town meetings are held at the home of the town clerk. The present holder of that position, Marion L. Varney, has written an interesting and well-researched history of the town and its people.

Hearings By The Grand Jury On The Death Of William K. Dean, April 11-22, 1919, Court House, Keene, New Hampshire
Bean, Margaret C.
(Jaffrey Chamber of Commerce, 1989)

A murder mystery in Jaffrey, N.H.! The murder of William K. Dean took place in 1918. One of the suspects was rumored to be a German spy, who was at that time being investigated by federal agents. Or was it the bank cashier who dunnit? Unfortunately, the murder was never solved. The Pittman shorthand notes from the Grand Jury hearing have been transcribed for the first time in this volume.

"Heavy Weather And Hard Luck": Portsmouth Goes Whaling
Martin, Kenneth R.
(Peter Randall Publisher, 1998)

A history of the Portsmouth, New Hampshire, whaling industry in the 19th century.

Hill Country of Northern New England: Its Social And Economic History 1790-1930
Wilson, Harold Fisher
(Columbia Univ. Press, 1936)

A history of the agriculture based economy and culture in New Hampshire and Vermont.

Historic Bells In New Hampshire
Speare, Eva Augusta
(Courier Printing, 1945)

History and description of historic bells.

The Historic Churches Of Belknap County, 1791-1940
Ruell, David
(Lakes Region Planning Commission, 1995)

Based on an architectural-historical survey conducted in 1988, this work gives information on sixty surviving churches and meetinghouses built in Belknap County between 1791 and 1940. Some of these buildings no longer function as churches. An up-to-date photograph is provided for each structure, along with a description of its architecture and history.

Historic Portsmouth: Early Photographs From The Collections Of Strawbery Banke (2nd ed.)
Garvin, James & Susan Grigg
(Strawbery Banke, 1996)

Based on the 1974 edition by James Garvin, many of the photographs have been replaced by later acquisitions to Strawbery Banke's collection. The new material reflects Portsmouth's ethnic diversity and entrepreneurial activity in the latter part of the 19th century. The introduction provides information on early photography and photographers in Portsmouth.

Historic Salisbury Houses
Shaw, Paul S.   (the author, 1993)

The author, a retired physician, spent 3 years photographing historic houses that were shown on the 1892 map of the town. This book provides a documentary history of 97 buildings (Colonials, Federals & Capes), giving such information as the dates the buildings were constructed, by whom, a record of all the owers with dates up to the present & a listing of remaining antique features. Where available, copies of old pictures of the building accompany current photographs.

Historical Indian - Colonial Relations Of New Hampshire: Treaties, Letters Of Agreement, Land Sales, Leases And Other Pertinent Information, 17th-18th Centuries
(N.H. Indian Council, 1977)

History And Heroes Of New Hampshire Aviation
Batchelder, Jean
(Arrow Publishing, 1995)

The history of aviation in New Hampshire is told from the first balloon ascension over Manchester in 1856 to the closure of Pease Air Force Base. The book includes biographies of the people who were part of the state's aviation history, such as Thaddeus Lowe, Robert Fogg, Sr., the Granville brothers, Lee D. Bowman, W. Russell Hilliard, Alan Shepard, and Christa McAuliffe. The author, a licensed pilot and member of the Ninety-Nines, formerly wrote an aviation column for the Manchester Union Leader.

History Of The Sawyer Pictures
Gray, Carol Begley
(Carol B. Gray, 1995)

A few years ago, the author became interested in hand-colored photographs by Charles B. Sawyer, who had a studio in Concord, NH. Landscape photography was his specialty, and particularly of the White Mountains region. This book displays the artistry of the photographer, and the colorists. A price guide to Sawyer's prints is included.

History Of The Seal And Flag Of The State Of New Hampshire
Hammond, Otis G.
(New Hampshire Governor & Council, 1916)

An account of the official insignia of the state.

History Of The White Mountains From The First Settlement Of Upper Coos And Pequaket
Crawford, Lucy
(White Mountain Book, 1964)

Reprint of the 1845 narrative describing the adventures of the pioneer, Ethan Allen Crawford & the Crawford family's struggle to carve a living from the rugged environs of Crawford Notch.

The Hotels Of Intervale, New Hampshire, 1850-1890
Heard, Gordon Tasker

Brief history of twelve hotels of Intervale, NH. A photograph of each one accompanies information on the owners, and anecdotes on the guests, the staff, and neighbors.

Images: A Photographic History Of The University Of New Hampshire
(University of New Hampshire, 1984)

This book is the result of an effort to preserve a collection of endangered photos, many pre-1923, which sketch the history of the University, from early days in Hanover, H.H. to the present.

In Pursuit Of Justice: A History Of The Keene Police Department
(Keene Benevolent Association, 1995)

This history of the Keene Police Department from its founding in the late 18th Century is also a chronicle of criminal activity in the area.

Incident At Exeter; The Story Of Unidentified Flying Objects Over America
Fuller, John Grant
(Putnam, 1966)

The author has interviewed those people of Exeter, New Hampshire who reported seeing UFO's during the fall of 1965.

Incidents In White Mountain History
Willey, Benjamin G.
(N. Noyes, 1856)

History of and guide to the White Mountains. Later editions titled History of the White Moutains.

Index Of References To American Women In Colonial Newspapers Through 1800. Vol. III: New Hampshire 1786-1800
Evans, Helen F.   (the author, 1995)

Volume 3, covering 1786-1800, is devoted to indexing the New Hampshire Gazette published in Portsmouth.

Indian Stream Republic: Settling A New England Frontier, 1785-1842
Doan, Daniel
(Univ. Press of New England, 1997)

After the American Revolution ended, there was still great controversy about the boundary lines between northern New England and British Canada. The frontier settlers of what would become known as the Indian Stream declared themselves to be a republic, established a constitution, legislature, courts, laws, and a militia. This previously unpublished work on the Indian Stream Republic was found among the late author's papers, and has been edited by his daughter, Ruth Doan McDougall.

The Indians Of The Winnipesaukee And Pemigewasset Valleys
Proctor, Mary A.
(Towne & Robie, 1931)

Interest in Indian relics started the author on a search for information about local Indians.

Into The Mountains: Stories Of New England's Most Celebrated Peaks
Stier, Maggie & Ron McAdow
(Appalachian Mountain Club Books, 1995)

Mt. Washington, Chocorua, Lafayette, Moosilauke, and Monadnock are the New Hampshire mountains which are included in this history of 15 New England peaks. The book chronicles the spiritual connection between the Native Americans and the mountains, the subjugation of the landscape by European Settlers, the exploration of the mountains by 19th century travellers, the natural forces that shaped the land, and triumph & tragedy in the mountains of New England.

Islands Of Deutschtum: German-Americans In Manchester, New Hampshire, And Lawrence, Massachusetts, 1870-1942
McCaffery, Robert Paul
(Peter Lang, 1996)

The migration of German textile workers to the textile centers of New England is examined in this scholarly work. The book describes how they fashioned ethnic communities, which survived World War I and lasted into World War II.

The Isles Of Shoals: A Visual History
Bardwell, John D.
(Peter E. Randall, 1989)

This book chronicles the history of the Isles of Shoals & contains many photographs of the inhabitants, including Celia Thaxter & her family.

J.A. French's Cheshire County
Rumrill, Alan
(Arcadia, 1998)

J.A. French has become known as Cheshire County's preeminent photographer of the 19th century. This visual history of the region contains more than 200 of his photographs.

J.E. Henry's Logging Railroads: The History Of The East Branch & Lincoln And Zealand Valley Railroads
Gove, Bill
(Bondcliff Books, 1998)

J.E. Henry was a lumber baron at the turn of the century whose army of lumberjacks cut clean the vast untouched forests of the Zealand and Each Branch valleys. Retired Vermont forester Bill Gove chronicles the history of J.E. Henry's two highly successful logging railroads, the men who worked for him, and the locomotives.

Jaffrey Then And Now: Changes In Community Character
Stephenson, Robert & Catherine L. Seiberling
(Jaffrey Historic District Commission, 1994)

Old photographs of Jaffrey buildings juxtaposed with contemporary ones show the changes over a century. This book attempts to identify Jaffrey's community character by considering its building, such as houses, stores, factories, churches, roads, and to show how they have changed over the years in response to technology, fashion or circumstance.

Jest A Bit A New Hampsha Histry En Huma, Plus Attractions, Vol. II
Roberts, Harold A.   (the Author, 1996)

Readers will enjoy exploring New Hampshire with Harold Roberts. This guidebook is filled with historical anecdotes about various sites and New Hampshire personages. His poem "Song of New Hampshire", written in the style of Longfellow, describes the early history and the beauty of the Granite State.

John Goffe's Legacy
Woodbury, George
(Norton, 1955)

An account of eight generations of Goffes and Woodburys who have lived on the same lands at Bedford, NH, for 200 years.

Jolly Island: One Hundred Years, 1893-1993
(Jolly Island Assoc., 1994)

This centennial history of Jolly Island in Lake Winnipesaukee contains early writings, including poems, by some of the people who spent their summers on the island. Biographical information is included on several familes who owned camps there.

The Keene Unitarian universalist Church: The Building And Its People
Smart, James G.
(Phoenix Publishing, 1996)

The history of the Keene Unitarian Universalist Church has been written to coincide with the hundredth anniversary of the church building. The book includes biographical sketches of the Church's founding members, and other people in the community, and shows how the Unitarian Universalist Church remained a vital organization in spite of changing economic and social pressures.

A Kindly Interest: The Men And Women Of Concord Hospital And Its School Of Nursing, 1884-1989
Wilson, Jill
(Phoenix Publishing, 1989)

This history interweaves the establishment & growth of the hospital & its nursing school with the technical, personnel & financial problems which have affected every such institution throughout the nation. The author was the librarian in the Concord Hospital's now defunct school of nursing.

King Philip's Territory
Wiswell, Everett
(M/S Printing & Advertising, 1976)

The author was born in 1889, in a N.H. town included in the King Philip Purchase. He tells of the history of the area & reminisces about the way of life in a rural community.

Land Of Lost Content
Whittaker, Robert H.
(Alan Sutton Publishing, 1993)

Those who enjoyed Captain Whittaker's narratives when he guided his tour boat around the Portsmouth Harbor, N.H., will be pleased that he has put them down in a more permanent form. He tells the story of the land & its people, from its establishment by David Thompson, of the first trading colony, through the great days of the naval shipbuilding era, to the development of the area as a vacation resort. Accompanied by copies of original maps, prints & photographs.

The Last House On The Road: Excursions Into A Rural Past
Jager, Ronald
(Beacon Press, 1994)

Jager bought a farmhouse in Washington, New Hampshire, in the 1960's. Since then, he has traced the history of the house back to a Revolutionary War soldier who built it. In this sequel to his book Eighty Acres, he explores the links between a rural New England landscape and the routines of the people who live in that environment. He describes country life, such as church fairs, deer hunting, and annual town meetings.

The Latchstring Was Always Out: A History Of Lodging, Hospitality And Tourism In Bartlett, New Hampshire
Carroll, Aileen M   (1994)

In Bartlett town records, the earliest date noted that a tavern license was granted was 1798. This history chronicles many Bartlett hotels, lodging houses, and guest homes accomodating travelers and vacationers in the White Mountains since that time.

Lebanon, New Hampshire, In Pictures
(Lebanon Historical Society, 1997)

The curator, Robert H. Leavitt, selected pictures from his own family's collection, along with those from the Lebanon Historical Society for this visual history.

Life Along The Merrimac: Collected Histories Of The Native Americans Who Lived On Its Banks
Pendergast, John, edit.
(Merrimack River Press, 1995)

A compilation of Native American life and events as recorded by early New Hampshire historians.

Logging Railroads Of The White Mountains
Belcher, C. Francis
(Appalachian Mountain Club, 1981)

These articles previously published separately in various issues of the magazine Appalachia, have now been collected in one volume.

Maine Central Railroad Mountain Division
Johnson, Ron, editor
(470 Railroad Club, 1985)

The construction of the railroad through Crawford Notch is described in this well illustrated book. The story of the Mountain Division from the building of the Portland & Ogdensburg railroad until the last of the passenger trains through the Notch in 1958 is chronicled in this landmark work in N.E. railroad history.

The Meetinghouse Tragedy: An Episode In The Life Of A New England Town
Clark, Charles E.
(Univ. Press of New England, 1998)

In 1773 the people of Wilton, New Hampshire, gathered to raise the frame of a new meetinghouse. But the center roof beam gave way, dropping 53 workers three stories to the ground. Clark's book offers a glimpse into architectural history, popular and folk culture and religious traditions.

The Merrimack
Holden, Raymond P.
(Rinehart, 1958)

From the days of Chief Passaconaway to the present; a history spiced with Yankee humor & shrewdness.

The Merrimack Valley, New Hampshire: A Visual History
Samson, Gary
(Donning Company, 1989)

Another book in the visual history series of N.H. regions. Includes chapters on the Abbot-Downing Company, the Nashua Manufacturing Company & the Amoskeag Manufacturing Company.

Military History Of New Hampshire
Potter, Chandler E.
(New Hampshire Adjutant General, 1866-68)

During the 1860's the adjutant general of N.H. wrote & published in 3 successive annual reports a military history of the state covering the years 1623 to 1866.

Monday's Mourning: A Retrospective Of The 1915 Strike At The Nashua Manufacturing Company
Goddu, K. A.
(Morris Publishing Co., 1996)

This book tells about the underlying conflict in the six-month long labor dispute between the immigrant operatives and the mill management. Provides insight on indifferent attitudes towards the immigrant mill workers prior to America's entry into World War I.

Mount Washington In Winter, 1870-1871
Hitchcock, Charles H.
(Heritage Book, Inc., 1986)

Facsimile reprint of 1871 edition. A scientific expedition to the summit of Mt. Washington for the duration of one winter was proposed in 1870, during which meteorological observations were to be recorded. This book gives the detailed history of that expedition, which eventually resulted in the establishment of the Mt. Washington Observatory.

Mount Washington Reoccupied
Monahan, Robert S.
(Stephen Day, 1933)

An account of the weather station from October to June, 1932-1933.

The Neville Site: 8,000 Years At Amoskeag, Manchester, New Hampshire
Dincauze, Dena Ferran
(Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology no.4, 1976)

The Neville site was located prior to the construction of the Amoskeag Bridge. This book gives a brief history of the discovery of the site & its subsequent excavation.

New Hampshire: Resources, Attractions, And Its People
Pillsbury, Hobart
(Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1927)

V.1, colonial period & revolution; V.2, statehood 1784-1898; V.3, N.H. in the 20th century; V.4, education, churches, economic life, racial groups.

New Hampshire, An Epitome Of Popular Government
Sanborn, Franklin B.
(Houghton, 1904)

Much attention has been paid to N.H's early history & only a few writers have given us accounts of the later periods.

New Hampshire And Vermont Railroads: Classic To Contemporary Scenic Action
Johnson, Ron   (the author, 1986)

This collection of black & white photographs of railroads & trains in N.H. & VT includes maps of railway lines.

New Hampshire As A Royal Province
Fry, William H.
(Columbia, 1908)

A fine interpretation of provincial N.H.

New Hampshire As It Is
Charlton, Edwin A.
(Heritage Books, 1997)

Reprint of the 1855 edition. In three parts, the first part is "a historical sketch of New Hampshire," chronicling the important events from its early settlements to 1788; part two is " A gazetteer of New Hampshire," which lists every town in the state, their geographical locations and geological features; part three is "A General View of New Hampshire," providing an overall catalog of the prominent natural, industrial, and humanitarian assets. Biographical sketches of distinguished sons are included.

New Hampshire Covered Bridge Sketchbook
Kenyon, Thedia C.
(Wake-Brook House, 1955)

Fifty-six covered bridges illustrated, with the length, condition, age & location of each given, along with an historical note. A useful guide to a charming aspect of N.H.'s past.

New Hampshire Covered Bridges: A Link With Our Past
Marshall, Richard G.
(NH Dept. of Transportation, 1994)

First of a two volume presentation of the results of New Hampshire's historic bridge survey that chronicles the history of 54 covered bridges in New Hampshire. Color photos by Arthur F. Rounds and B&W historic photographs from the National Society for the Protection of Covered Bridges illustrate the text which includes location, style of bridge, year of construction, cost, structural characteristics, World guide number and N.H. number.

New Hampshire History Resources For Teachers: A Guide
Burdick, Linda Betts
(NH Historical Society, 1994)

The staff of the NH Historical Society met with New Hampshire teachers to find out what they needed to teach New Hampshire history. Their answer was that they needed a resource guide. This volume lists 200 resources, with information, such as title, description of contents, grade level, subject, format, cost, and where the resource can be obtained.

New Hampshire Homes
Wood, James Amasa (The Author, 1895)

Photographic views of prominent New Hampshire homes, with descriptive sketches.

New Hampshire Maps To 1900: An Annotated Checklist
Cobb, David A.
(New Hampshire Historical Society, 1981)

This book organizes the cartographic history of N.H. This guide to more than 800 pre-1900 maps of the state includes the first American map of N.H., the first geological map, early railroad maps, county & town maps & fire insurance maps.

New Hampshire Name Changes, 1768-1923
Roberts, Richard P.
(Heritage Books, 1996)

Over 14,000 names of New Hampshire residents were changed between 1768-1923 for various reasons, including adoptions and divorces. This book lists name changes resulting from acts of the state legislature from 1768 through 1872; name changes made by the probate courts of the various counties, and a list of New hampshire residents whose names were changed in Massachusetts.

New Hampshire 1742 Estate List
Oesterlin, Pauline J.
(Heritage Books, 1994)

A law was passed in 1742 directing clerks of towns and unchartered districts to take inventory of all rateable estates. The New Hampshire 1742 estate list records heads of households, the size of their property, how much land was used for planting and pasture, and their farm animals.

New Hampshire's Front Pages, 1863-1986
(Union Leader Corporation, 1986)

Over 100 years of front pages of the Manchester Union Leader & New Hampshire Sunday News chronicle the important events in the history of N.H. & the world which were headline news.

A Noble And Dignified Stream: The Piscataqua Region In The Colonial Revival, 1860-1930
Giffen, Sarah L. & Keven D. Murphy
(Old York Historical Society, 1992)

The Piscataqua River is at the center of a group of communities, such as New Castle, Dover, Portsmouth, N.H. & York, Kittery Point, & Ogunquit, ME which were settled during the 17th century & were renowned during the 19th century for having especially historic characteristics. This book examines the literature, art, architecture, gardens & early historic preservation projects that flourished between 1860 & 1930 in this region.

North Country Captives: Selected Narratives Of Indian Captivity From Vermont And New Hampshire
Calloway, Colin G.
(University Press of New England, 1992)

Indians often used captives to replace losses in their tribes & families, & also as a source of ransom. These stories portray Indians as having a unique culture & offer glimpses of daily life in frontier communities. Calloway provides historical background for these narratives.

Northwoods Echoes
Pinette, Richard E.
(Office Products of Berlin, 1986)

Told in anecdotal style, stories about logging camps, river drives & outdoor activities in the north woods bring to life days of yesteryear.

Northwoods Heritage
Pinette, Richard E.   (the author, 1992)

Another collection of the author's popular weekly columns in the Berlin Reporter. Anecdotes about the region's colorful past include stories of the area's early aviators & profiles of North Country people.

Old Dartmouth On Trial: The Transformation Of The Academic Community In Nineteenth-Century America
Tobias, Marilyn
(New York University Press, 1982)

In 1881 on complaint of the college community, Samuel Colcord Bartlett, President of Dartmouth College, was brought to trial to justify his official theories, policies & methods of administering the college. Provides important insights into the nature of current dilemmas in higher education.

The Old Exeter Pottery Works
Lamson, Everett C.
(Affiliated Service of VT, 1978)

The history of the Old Exeter Pottery Works is narrated by the grandson of the last potter, Frank Lamson. Manufacturing methods are described.

The Old Logg House By The Bridge: Exeter's Garrison House And The Story Of Its Owners
Gilman, Robbins Paxson
(Peter E. Randall, 1985)

Provides information on the Gilman Garrison House in Exeter, N.H. which was originally built in the late 17th-century & is now included in the National Register of Historic Sites.

The Old Man's Reader: History & Legends Of Franconia Notch
Mudge, John T. B.
(Durand Press, 1995)

An interesting compilation of writings inspired by The Old Man of the Mountain. The book highlights legends, poems, excerpts from guidebooks, and histories.

An Old Town By The Sea
Aldrich, Thomas B.
(Houghton, 1893)

The author's native town, Portsmouth, N.H.

On The Road North Of Boston: New Hampshire Taverns And Turnpikes, 1700-1900
Garvin, Donna-Belle & James L. Garvin
(N.H. Historical Society, 1988)

Originally planned as a catalog to accompany an exhibition, this work was expanded to include a full exploration of the conditions of travel before the age of the automobile. Many illustrations & photographs of the period provide a visual complement to this interesting social history of taverns & turnpikes.

The Only Mill In Town
Martin, Richard A.   (the author, 1995)

In this book, Martin has chronicled the pail-making industry in Richmond, NH from its humble beginnings (with the invention of the barrel saw in the 1800s) to its eventual decline. This is a precise, well-researched book packed with pictures and diagrams, and warmed with accounts of early-century milltown life.

Our Own Snug Fireside: Images Of The New England Home, 1760-1860
Nylander, Jane
(Knopf, 1993)

The author, formerly curator at New Hampshire Historical Society, portrays home life in N.E. from the years preceding the American Revolution to the eve of the Civil War.

People Of Portsmouth: Some Who Came To Town
Lincoln J.D.
(Peter E. Randall, 1982)

Photographic record of political & social events in Portsmouth, N.H. from 1970 to 1980. Photographs include President Carter addressing a town meeting; people enjoying the Prescott Park Festival; & the visit of Prince Charles on the occasion of the city's 350th birthday celebration.

Picturing Manchester: A Selection Of Images From The Manchester Historic Association
Lessard, Betty and Holly Babin
(Manchester Historic Assoc., 1997)

Published in honor of the Manchester Historic Association's centennial, this selection of photographs from their collection provides a visual history of Manchester from 1865 to 1990. The accompanying text provides a historical description of the subject of each photograph.

(Arcadia, 1998)

Pictorial history of Plymouth, gateway to the White Mountains, covering the 1840s through the 1960s.

Poor Relief In Durham, Lee, And Madbury, New Hampshire, 1732-1891
Dodge, Timothy
(Heritage Books, 1995)

It is interesting to read how towns in New Hampshire dealt with the poor from the middle of the 18th century to the end of the 19th. This study, drawing from original town records, creates a detailed picture of poor relief in three towns. Includes tales of individual paupers and their situations.

Port Of Dover: Two Centuries Of Shipping On The Cocheco
Whitehouse, Robert A. & Catherine C. Beaudoin
(Portsmouth Marine Society, 1987)

One hundred years ago Dover, N.H. was an important port of call rivaling the success of Portsmouth, N.H. This major historical study covers Dover's settlement in the early 1600's through the late 1700's when the Cocheco River was the focus of Dover's economic livelihood. In the 19th century Dover became the trading center for inland communities, linking towns far from the sea with Boston, MA, Portsmouth & the world.

Port Of Portsmouth Ships And The Cotton Trade, 1783-1829
Brighton, Ray
(Peter E. Randall, 1986)

At the end of the Revolutionary War, Port of Portsmouth towns developed a lively shipbuilding business. Portsmouth-built ships exported timber & other raw materials & imported salt & finished goods. Many of the ships linked seaports of the northeast with the cotton ports of the south & ports in Europe in a 3-way trade. This book follows the careers of the ship owners, captains & merchants & provides biographies of the 203 three-masted ships built in the port between 1783 & 1829.

Portrait Of Pasquaney
Stanwood, Charles F.
(Pasquaney Trust, 1985)

Camp Pasquaney, which overlooks Newfound Lake, was first opened in 1895. According to the author it has become "the oldest continuously operated private summer camp for boys in America." The history of its founding makes fascinating reading. Profiles of the more notable residents & stories of the camp activities enliven this well illustrated volume.

Ports Of Piscataqua
Saltonstall, W.G.
(Harvard, 1941)

Soundings in the maritime history of Portsmouth, N.H. Customs district from the days of Queen Elizabeth & planting of Strawbery Banke to the times of Abraham Lincoln & the waning of the American clipper.

Portsmouth: Old Photograph Series
Foss, Gerald D., compiler
(Alan Sutton, 1994)

Portsmouth is one of the oldest cities in the United States. Many rare photographs from the Whalley Museum illustrate Portsmouth's history, and display its architectural beauty.

Portsmouth-Built: Submarines Of The Portsmouth Naval Shipyard
Winslow, Richard E., III
(Peter E. Randall, 1985)

With the advent of WW I, Portsmouth Naval shipyard was selected to build the first navy constructed submarine. From 1914 to 1971, 134 submarines were built at this yard. After WW II, the shipyard began constructing nuclear-powered submarines & became a pioneer in various aspects of submarine research.

Portsmouth-Kittery Naval Shipyard In Old Photographs
Whittaker, Robert H.
(Alan Sutton Publishing, Inc., 1993)

Photographic history of the shipyard & its workers from the Civil War to the Cold War.

Portsmouth's Heyday In Shipbuilding
Pickett, Gertrude M.
(Peter E. Randall, 1979)

The story of Portsmouth's shipbuilding industry between 1840 & 1860, the era of sailing ships, along with a brief history of each firm, listing the ships they built & their owners. The book also contains a history of each of the 28 clipper ships built in the District of Portsmouth between 1850 & 1859.

The Postal History Of New Hampshire: The Post Offices And First Postmasters From 1775 To 1985
Smith, Chester M., Jr. & John L. Kay
(Postal History Literature, 1986)

This listing of N.H. post offices by county, then by town, including the date each was established & the date discontinued, names of first postmasters & photographs of old post office buildings, makes a good reference source for the postal history of the Granite state.

The Rail Lines Of Northern New England
Lindsell, Robert M.
(Branch Line Press, 1997)

Comprehensive rail history traces the stories of almost every rail line built in New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine.

Reaching That Peak: 75 Years Of The Dartmouth Outing Club
Hooke, David O.
(Phoenix Publishing, 1987)

Founded in 1909, the Dartmouth Outing Club was the first collegiate outdoor group in the nation. The club has been involved in many activities such as cabin & trail building, intercollegiate skiing, woodcraft competitions, fought forest fires, led rescue operations & has nurtured leadership & a love of the outdoors in countless students.

A Reassessment Of New England Agriculture In The Last Thirty Years Of The Nineteenth Century: New Hampshire; A Case Study
Munyon, Paul Glenn
(Arno Press, 1978)

A publication in the "Dissertations in American Economic History" series. This scholarly work is a revision of the author's doctoral thesis.

Reflections: Chocorua Island Chapel
Broadhurst, Austin
(Chocorua Island Chapel Association, 1993)

On Chocorua Island, N.H. there is a church with no roof. This history of "Church Island", from its beginnings as the first boys camp in America in the 1880's, looks at the people & events that have made Chocorua Island & its outdoor chapel a special part of Squam Lake.

Reminisce The Valley: The Lakes Region Of New Hampshire
Heald, Bruce D.
(Weirs Times, 1992)

The author, who has written several other books on the history of the Lakes Region, takes a look at the early days of the Lakes Region its history, legends & the life of the people. Chapters cover such topics as the country sleighride, sugaring, winter logging camp, the school master, home remedies, Chocorua & his mountain & Moulton's ghost.

Reminiscences Of The French War With Robert Rogers' Journal And A Memoir Of General Stark
(Freedom Historical Society, 1988)

Reprint of the 1831 edition which was published by Luther Roby, Concord, N.H. Rogers' journal describes his expeditions with the New England Rangers under his command. The second part of the book contains biographical material on John Stark & provides the reader with a personal look at Stark's life & military career.

Replace The Turf From Whence It Was Hacked
McGraw, Kathi   (The Author, 1998)

This book is subtitled "a reminiscence of Victorian resort life and the beginnings of golf on the east side of the White Hills." The author was researching the beginnings of the Wentworth Golf Course in Jackson in preparation for its centennial. Looking through old newspapers, she became fascinated by the Victorian lifestyle of tourists.

Revolutionary New Hampshire
Upton, Richard F.
(Dartmouth College, 1936)

"An account of the social & political forces underlying the transition from royal province to American commonwealth"

The Road Taken: The New Hampshire Library Association, 1889-1989
Adamovich, Shirley Gray, editor
(Phoenix Publishing, 1989)

This book chronicles the history of the oldest state library association in the country. An essay on the unique & unusual library architecture of N.H.'s libraries is accompanied by color photographs of libraries in large & small N.H. towns. Comments about the importance of libraries are included in the "Points of View" sections, which features contributions from such people as James H. Billington, Elizabeth Yates, Ernest Hebert & Richard Lederer.

The Road Through Sandwich Notch
Yates, Elizabeth
(Stephen Greene Press, 1973)

The author makes a plea for the preservation of Sandwich Notch. She tells of her own personal journey through the Notch skillfully blending the history & lifestyle of the Notch into her narrative.

The Rockingham: The House That Jones Built
Withey, William H.
(Rockingham House Centennial Fund, 1985)

Frank Jones built the Rockingham Hotel in 1885 after the old building, a Portsmouth landmark, was largely destroyed by fire. This book chronicles the story of the structure from its original construction in the late 18th century to its present conversion into condominiums.

Rockingham County
Thomas, Matthew
(Alan Sutton Inc., 1994)

Rockingham county, incorporated in 1771, is one of the five original counties in New Hampshire. This collection of photographs and postcards documents a century of change. An historical gazetteer is included which provides information on the 37 towns in the county.

Rockingham Park, 1933-1969
Jesep, Paul Peter
(Peter Randall Publisher, 1998)

This book tells the saga of Lou and Lutza Smith, who brought horse racing to New Hampshire. The controversial racetrack outraged many people yet raised millions of dollars for the state's general fund. The Smiths were also philanthropists who gave millions of dollars to various charities throughout NH.

Running On The Record: Civil War-Era Politics In New Hampshire
Renda, Lex
(Univ. Press of Virginia, 1997)

In this study, the author uses retrospective voting theory -- a quantitative political science model for assessing political allegiances -- to explore the connections between voters' judgements and public policy in New Hampshire before, during, and after the Civil War.

St. Paul's: The Life Of A New England School
Heckscher, August
(Scribner's, 1980)

A history of St. Paul's School, which began in Concord, N.H. over 100 years ago.

St. Paul's School, 1855-1934
Pier, Arthur Stanwood
(Scribner, 1934)

A history of the Concord, NH, boarding school.

Salisbury Lost
Shaw, Paul S.   (the author, 1995)

Salisbury Lost is a sequel to the author's book, Historic Salisbury Houses. The new title describes Salisbury buildings that existed 100 years ago, but are no longer standing. Photographs of the structures accompany the text, which gives a history of each dwelling and includes the names of former owners.

The Sarah Mildred Long Bridge: A History Of The Maine-New Hampshire Interstate Bridge From Portsmouth, New Hampshire, To Kittery , Maine
Openo, Woodard D.
(Peter E. Randall, 1988)

The bridge, re-named to honor the ME-NH Bridge Authority's long-time executive director, was opened to traffic in 1940, replacing an old bridge which was constructed in 1822. A brief history of the old bridge, extensive details on construction of the new bridge, enlivened by anecdotes of various incidents connected to the construction & operation. Many rare photographs & charts complement the text.

Saving The Great Stone Face
Hancock, Frances Ann
(Phoenix Publishing, 1984)

Ever since the discovery of the Old Man of the Mountain by Franconia, N.H. settlers in the early 1800's, thousands have visited the area & been impressed by the sight of this natural phenomenon. When it became apparent that the Great Stone Face was in danger of being destroyed by the weather & elements, the struggle to preserve it began. This book chronicles the history of the Old Man, the efforts to preserve its natural surroundings & includes anecdotes.

Seven Wonders Of Sandwich; Selections From The New Hampshire Books
Weygandt, Cornelius
(Peter E. Randall, 1998)

Weygandt, a long-time Sandwich summer resident, wrote about the town in four of his books. Excerpts are included in this anthology, giving the contemporary reader a glimpse of what Sandwich was like in the first half of the 20th century.

A Shaker Family Album
Starbuck, David R. & Scott T. Swank
(Univ. Press of New England, 1998)

Photography was a popular hobby among the Canterbury Shakers. Many of the images in this collection were not intended for publication. The pictures in this book were carefully chosen from archival photos and a drawerful of snapshots saved by Eldress Bertha Lindsay. They reveal the Shaker community at work and play.

Spiked Boots: Sketches Of The North Country
Pike, Robert E.   (The Author, Eatontown NJ, 1961)

Some of the history & drama of the wild, rugged, beautiful land which encompasses the Thirteen Mile Woods, the Indian Stream & the Connecticut Lakes.

Stark Decency: German Prisoners Of War In A New England Village
Koop, Allen V.
(University Press of New England, 1988)

In 1944, N.H.'s only prisoner of war camp was established in Stark. The prisoners were assigned to cut pulpwood in order to help the paper mill in Berlin meet its growing wartime production goals. This book tells the story of the camp & the relationship between the Germans & the people of Stark.

Stark Realities: In The City
Clayton, John
(Peter Randall, 1997)

Clayton's columns in the Manchester Union Leader take a look at Manchester, its people and the city's history. This is the third book in a series of compilations of his columns.

Steamboats In Motion
Heald, Bruce D.
(Winnipesaukee Flagship Corporation, 1984)

This book chronicles the history of steamboats on Lake Winnipesaukee & is illustrated with photographs of these vessels.

A Stern And Lovely Scene: A Visual History Of The Isles Of Shoals
Faxon, Susan C.
(University of New Hampshire, 1978)

Catalog to an exhibit devoted to the history & culture of the Isles of Shoals. A history of the Isles, its business, politics & religion is beautifully illustrated in black & white. It includes chapters on writer Celia Thaxter, & on the art & artists of the Isles.

Stories Of New Hampshire
Speare, Eva A.   (1972)

Sixteen columns originally printed in the Union Leader, all dealing with some aspect of early N.H.'s history.

The Story Of Elderhostel
Mills, Eugene S.
(University Press of New England, 1992)

Elderhostel has grown from a summer program in N.H. to a worldwide movement in 50 countries. The author was president of the University of New Hampshire when Elderhostel was founded there in 1975, & since 1977 has served on the board of directors of the organization. First person accounts from hostelers, teachers & administrators enliven the text. Descriptions of the domestic & international programs show the diversity of the courses offered.

The Story Of Mount Washington
Burt, F. Allen
(Dartmouth Publications, 1960)

A lively chronicle from Indian times to today's TV transmitter on N.H.'s most famous landmark.

The Story Of Phillips Exeter
Williams, Myron R.
(Phillips Exeter Academey, 1957)

A history of the boarding school in Exeter, NH.

Striving: Keene State College, 1909-1984: The History Of A Small Public Institution
Smart, James G.
(Phoenix Publishing, 1984)

This history traces the evolution of the college from its beginnings in 1909 as Keene Normal School, its development into Keene Teachers' College in 1939, then Keene State College in 1963.

A Stroll Through Antrim, New Hampshire
Baker, Scott
(Antrim Historical Society, 1997)

A pictorial history of Antrim, containing over 200 pictures from the Society's archives and print collections.

The Struggle For The Indian Stream Territory
Brown, Roger Hamilton
(Western Reserve University Press, 1955)

History of the short-lived Republic of Indian Stream along the New Hampshire/Canada border during the 1830's.

Sutton Homes & Buildings: Volume II
Bennett, Jean C.
(Sutton Historical Society, 1996)

This volume completes the descriptions of the houses in Sutton, which were built prior to 1900 and are still standing. Information such as the year the buildings were constructed, the names of the past and present owners, and architectural features are included, along with photographs of each structure.

Symbolic Freemasonry In N.H.
Cheney, Harry Morrison
(Rumford Press, 1934)

Chronicles the Masons in NH, previous to 1789. Covers the Grand Lodge, lodges chartered, military lodges, roll of honor, chronology & elected Grand Officers.

Tall Ships Of The Piscataqua, 1830-1877
Brighton, Ray
(Peter E. Randall, 1989)

In 2 previous volumes, Brighton traced the history of sailing & clipper ships built in the Piscataqua River Valley. In this new book, he provides biographies of the 145 three-masted, full-rigged sailing vessels constructed between 1830 & 1877, when the Paul Jones became the last large sailing vessel built there.

Tall Trees, Tough Men
Pike, Robert E.
(Norton, 1967)

Informal but fascinating history of old-time logging in northern N.E.

There Are No Victors Here! A Local Perspective On The Treaty Of Portsmouth
Randall, Peter E.
(Peter E. Randall, 1985)

In the summer of 1905, delegates from Japan & Russia met in Portsmouth, N.H., to negotiate a peaceful settlement to a war that had been going on for 18 months over territorial rights in Manchuria & Korea. Though many books have been written about the Russo-Japanese War & the treaty negotiations, this is the first volume to deal primarily with local events & includes many photographs taken at the time of the conference.

>They Said It Couldn't Be Done: The Mount Washington Cog Railway And Its History
Bray, Donald H.
(Kendall/Hunt, 1984)

When Sylvester Marsh came up with the idea of building a railway up Mt. Washington, many people thought he was crazy. However, the first train arrived on the summit on July 3, 1869. The construction of the railway represents an engineering achievement unsurpassed in the 19th century, as it was the first mountain cog railway ever built.

Three Centuries On Winnipesaukee
Blasidell, Paul H.
(New Hampshire Publishing Company, 1975)

Physical features of the lake, beginnings of boating, & early steamboats.

Thy Sons And Daughters Ever
(Peter E. Randall, 1994)

The University of New Hampshire Alumni Association was formed in 1880. This history of the Association covers its activities from that time.

To Monadnock
Nutting, Helen C., editor   (the author, 1925)

The records of a mountain in N.H. through 3 centuries.

Towns Against Tyranny: Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, During The American Revolution, 1775-1783
Gardner, William
(Hillsborough County Bicentennial Commission, 1976)

An interesting summary of the participation of each town in Hillsborough County in the American Revolution.

Tugboats On The Piscataqua: A Brief History Of Towing On One Of America's Toughest Rivers
Openo, Woodard D.
(Peter E. Randall, 1992)

Too often tugboats are overshadowed by the ships they tow. The author remedies this by providing a history of tugboats & towing on the Piscataqua River, which is one of the toughest rivers in America for the tugs & their local pilots. Includes a description of how the tugs & their crews bring a ship into the harbor & a listing of all tugs & towboats used on this river.

>The Turnpikes Of New England
Wood, Frederic J.
(Marshall Jones, 1919)

An excellent account, well illustrated, of the history of various roads of N.E. & more especially of N.H.

The Upper Valley: An Illustrated Tour Along The Connecticut River Valley Before The Twentieth Century
Wikoff, Jerold
(Chelsea Green Publishing Company, 1985)

A wide range of local history in the Connecticut River Valley; for example, the fur trade in the valley, early mills of Lebanon, N.H., founding of Dartmouth College.

The Way It Was: Mount Washington Observatory, 1934-1935
McKenzie, Alexander A.
(Mount Washington Observatory, 1995)

The author was one of the original mountain crew of the observatory when it was founded in 1932. Using his personal journal, the observatory notebook, and contemporary staff journal, he gives a young man's perspective of daily life at the observatory and atop Mount Washington fifty years ago.

"Wealth And Honour": Portsmouth During The Golden Age Of Privateering, 1775-1815
Winslow, Richard E., III
(Portsmouth Marine Society, 1988)

Sailing captains & their crews roamed the seas in search of foreign vessels which they could capture & bring back to port. The prizes were sold at auction & the proceeds were divided between ship owners, officers & crew. Portsmouth was one of many American ports involved in this practice. The author has written a history of privateering in Portsmouth, N.H. from the viewpoint of the captains & the crews down at the waterfront & aboard ship.

The Western Regions, New Hampshire, A Visual History
Morley, Linda
(Donning Company, 1989)

This volume in the N.H. visual history series encompasses those parts of the state that border on the Connecticut River, as well as the Monadnock & Sunapee regions. Over 300 early photographs document the people & their enterprises.

The White Mountain Scrap Book Of Stories And Legends Of The Crystal Hills Or White Mountains Of New Hampshire
Bisbee, Ernest E.
(Bisbee Press, 1938)

A brief history of the White Mountains.

The White Mountains
Bennett, Randall
(Arcadia, 1995)

The author, curator at the Bethel Historical Society, has compiled a collection of historical photographs which provides a chronological record of the people, localities and events, and portrays the rich social and cultural history of the White Mountains region.

White Mountains: Place And Perceptions
Campbell, Catherine H.
(University Press of New England, 1980)

Catalog of an exhibition held at University of New Hampshire & Dartmouth College. It documents the cultural, social & economic history of the White Mountains.

Women Of The Granite State: Their Changing Role
Burkush, Patricia C.
(New Hampshire Department of Education, 1982)

This curriculum guide focuses on the role of N.H. women in the history & development of the state, from colonial times to the present.

A World Within A World
Samson, Gary
(Arcadia, 1996)

In the 19th century, Manchester's mills drew thousands of immigrants from Europe and Canada, with the promise of a better life. Samson examines their lives in this visual history, using 150 black and white contemporary photographs.

The Worst Weather On Earth: A History Of The Mount Washington Observatory
Putnam, William Lowell
(Mt. Washington Observatory, 1991)

Mt. Washington is subject to some of the fiercest weather patterns in the world. The author uses contemporary accounts, excerpts of letters, reports & log notes of the Summit observers to chronicle over a century of scientific observation. Includes a section on the pioneering days of radio broadcasting from the Summit.

Yankee Kingdom: Vermont And New Hampshire
Hill, Ralph Nading
(Harper, 1960)

Informal history.

Yesterdays: Lodging Places Of Jackson And Their Recipes
Garland, Margaret B., editor
(Jackson Historical Society, 1978)

The lodging places of Jackson, N.H., where people stayed during the turn of the century, are chronicled here. Favorite recipes & old photographs of these hotels recapture a bygone era. skip navigation
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