Heritage and Community Development Highlighted at History Week Celebration

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N.H. History Week was recently celebrated at the N.H. Historical Society in Concord. The annual event, which became law in 2011 and was sponsored by N.H. Rep. David Watters of Dover, is an opportunity to celebrate and recognize efforts to preserve, interpret and educate in New Hampshire history.  Kathie Northrup of Hooksett showcased the Hooksett Heritage Commission's work to document, promote and protect local history and "have fun at the same time." Jennifer Goodman of the Preservation Alliance offered highlights of the recently-announced Seven to Save list and urged citizens to ask candidates for local, state and national offices about their views on heritage and community development programs and activities. Pictured are speakers from the program, representing groups and individuals in the diverse field of N.H. history today.

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Front row, l-r: Deborah Watrous, Executive Director, N.H. Humanities Council; Steve Taylor, Meriden historian and former N.H. Commissioner of Agriculture, Markets and Food; Wendy Bergeron, Winnacunnet High School teacher and American Museum of Independence educator; Emily Belanger, Exeter High School student and American Independence Museum interpreter; Carolyn Russell, director of Washington Meetinghouse Project; Valerie Cunningham, founder of Portsmouth Black History Trail.

Back row, l-r: William Dunlap, Executive Director, N.H. Historical Society; Barbara Pitsch, President, Board of Trustees, N.H. Historical Society; Jennifer Goodman, Executive Director, N.H. Preservation Alliance; Kathie Northrup, Director, Hooksett Heritage Commission; Robert Goodby, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Franklin Pierce University in Rindge.  Missing from photo: Rebecca Rule, N.H. oral historian and humorist.

 In 2011, N.H. Rep. David Watters of Dover sponsored House Bill 585 and Governor Lynch signed a proclamation declaring the third week in October New Hampshire History Week. The annual event is an opportunity to celebrate and recognize efforts to preserve, interpret and educate in New Hampshire history.

 The Preservation Allliance, N.H. Historical Society, the N.H. Humanities Council, the N.H. Division of Historical Resources, the N.H. Department of Cultural Resources, the N.H. Department of Education, and the Association of Historical Societies of New Hampshire are collaborators for this event.