Hooksett to Celebrate NH History

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The third week in October has been designated NH History Week by the NH Legislature, an opportunity to share our State’s stories with our citizens.  The Heritage Commission, Head School Society, and the Historical Society have joined together to make plans for Hooksett’s participation so a week just isn’t long enough.

The Heritage Commission will celebrate the story of NH’s State Veterans Cemetery, a hidden treasure in the town of Boscawen, with the showing of the documentary “A Living Memorial - NH State Veterans Cemetery,” at the Hooksett Public Library in the Village Depot Room (downstairs) at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 9, 2018.  The documentary shows the pristine grounds and serene setting which make the cemetery a place of great pride for NH veterans and their families.  The story of the cemetery is told through poignant interviews of the creators, the builders, the managers and most particularly, through the personal experience of one Gold Star family.  Participating in the program that evening will be Hooksett resident, Dave Kenney, the Executive Producer of the documentary, and Mike Horne, also from Hooksett, the Director of the NH State Veterans Cemetery and the Chair of the Hooksett Cemetery Commission.

At 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 10, the Head Society schoolmarms (Ginger Saunders and Jackie Wood) will be presenting a typical 1840s lesson at the Head School, 16 Pleasant Street.  The Massabesic Seniors group from Auburn will be attending, but there are a few more spaces available.  If anyone would like to attend a class tailored to adult scholars, please call Ginger Saunders at 887-0031 to make a reservation.  Suggested donation is $3.  You might want to check this program out for a future booking by your own club or organization.

On Thursday, October 25, at 6:30 p.m. at the Hooksett Library, the Historical Society will feature The Photography of Ernie Gould--Pictures from Hooksett's Past.  Mr. Gould was a local photographer and civic-minded resident, recognized as 1985's Citizen of the Year.  He was his ship’s photographer in WW II and later worked as the official photographer for the NH Fish and Game Department, the Manchester Historic Association, and Hooksett’s Historical Society.  He also did photographic work for several of the largest architectural and engineering firms in the area.  A meeting of the Historical Society will precede the program.

“This is the 8th Annual NH History celebration in Hooksett,” Kathie Northrup, Chair of the Heritage Commission, noted.  “We hope our friends and neighbors will take the opportunity to learn a little about Hooksett and NH history.  We look forward to sharing these programs with them.”