Founded in 1823, the New Hampshire Historical Society is the state's foremost historical organization. It has achieved this distinction by collecting, preserving and interpreting materials related to the state's past as well as offering programs for the public (such as lectures, workshops and school classroom visits). The New Hampshire Historical Society operates a small museum within its headquarters building. Among the highlights of the collection are several flags of New Hampshire regiments from the Revolutionary War. The society also creates displays of historic artifacts and photos from its growing collection. For those who can't make it to the museum, there are also several online exhibitions that are available by clicking the links at the bottom of this page.


  • The New Hampshire Historical Society's reading room is open to the public and provides access to the largest collection of historical resources related to New Hampshire history.
    The New Hampshire Historical Society's reading room is open to the public and provides access to the largest collection of historical resources related to New Hampshire history.

The organization's collection of books, manuscripts, photographs, and other materials is enormous. Specifically, the society houses over 30,000 artifacts, 50,0000 books, 800,000 pages of newspapers, two million photographs, and many other items. The collection date range extends from pre-European contact to the present day.

The New Hampshire Historical Society is not a state-funded agency. Edward Tuck (1842–1938) and his wife Julia (1850–1928) financed the creation of the Society’s landmark building while the organization funds all programs and services through donations and memberships. 

"About." New Hampshire Historical Society. Accessed March 22, 2015. https://www.nhhistory.org/About-Us/Mission.