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Haverhill Historical Society

Haverhill Historical Society, (HHS) an all-volunteer nonprofit organization of about 200 members with annual budgets in the ,000 range, was established in 1965 with a mission to collect, preserve and utilize materials which document and illustrate the history of the Town of Haverhill, NH (granted in 1763) and the surrounding area for educational purposes.

The Society operates a modest history museum and reference library in rented quarters. A summer lecture series and school programs are held in a one-room schoolhouse owned by the Society and a new intern program in historic preservation is beginning this summer under the pro-bono supervision of Architectural Historian Kimberly Alexander, PhD. HHS has a vision of a larger, more active, professionally staffed museum in its 1816 brick school building widely recognized as one of the oldest and finest buildings of its type in northern New England.

HHS has been given the 1816 Haverhill Academy building, located on the North Common and a focal point of the Haverhill Corner Nation Register Historic District.  It has successfully preserved the exterior of the building, one of the few such early academy buildings remaining in NH and the oldest public building in Town.  The interior of the building remains unfinished. Work will start this year to install essential utilities.  Successive phases of a complete revitalization for a modern museum and research center are targeted for completion by the 200th anniversary in 2016.  James G. Alexander FAIA (Architect) and Kimberly Alexander, PhD. (Architectural History) are contributing their professional expertise to help make this happen. Grants and individual contributions are being sought to cover other costs.

The HHS President, Edith Celley, may be contacted via
Email: ecelley5953@charter.net;
Telephone: 603-989-5953 or
Mailing Address: PO Box 25, Haverhill, NH 03765 

Posted on: Monday, March 26, 2012

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