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New! HHS YouTube Channel
Containing our popular documentaries
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HHS Event Reminders

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Beachcomber Newspaper Archives

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A collection of 23 years of the Beachcomber Newspaper, digitized and viewable online, encompassing the years 1936 thru 1965, plus 3 iussues from the 70's (there are some gaps).

All issues are viewable in high resolution, which means you can actually zoom in on the screen and read individual articles.

1938 Pageant Identification Project

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HHS is trying to identify all the people in a panoramic picture of the cast of the Pageant of 1938. Click the image above for more info about how you can help us in this project.
 

Wondering about the Pig Roast for 2021?
The Trustees have made the difficult decision to suspend our annual Pig Roast Event until further notice, which means we will not be holding the Pig Roast in 2021. In the meantime, we are thinking about alternative ways to hold a community event/fundraiser when we can safely be back together. Let us know if you have any creative ideas and email us at info@hamptonhistoricalsociety.org!
Tuck Museum will remain closed due to COVID-19 safety concerns. The museum will not reopen until we believe it is safe for our volunteers and visitors to do so. The Coronavirus situation will continue to be monitored and opening will be re-evaluated monthly. We look forward to re-opening as soon as conditions safely allow. Thanks for your support!

We need your financial help, especially for an upcoming restoration of the 1852 Schoolhouse. An anonymous donor has offered to match all member donations received by March 31, 2021 on a 1 for 1 basis.

For more information about our plans for the upcoming year, click here

Wit and Wisdom: Humor in 19th Century New England

Join HHS and the Lane Library as they sponsor the following NH Humanities Virtual Event on Zoom on Wednesday, April 28th, 7 p.m.

wit_and_wisdom_humor_sm.png Whatever did New Englanders do on long winter evenings before cable, satellite and the internet? In the decades before and after the Civil War, our rural ancestors used to create neighborhood events to improve their minds. Community members male and female would compose and read aloud homegrown, handwritten literary "newspapers" full of keen verbal wit. Sometimes serious, sometimes sentimental but mostly very funny, these "newspapers" were common in villages across Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont and revealed the hopes, fears, humor and surprisingly daring behavior of our forebears. Jo Radner shares excerpts from her forthcoming book about hundreds of these "newspapers" and provides examples from villages in your region. Free and open to the public.

To Join the Zoom Meeting, on April 28 at 6:45 p.m.: Click here

Meeting ID: 854 6595 9189
Passcode: 563967

Rev. Deb Knowlton's Book For Sale

color_me_included-cover_sm.jpg We now have for sale Rev. Deb Knowlton's book Color Me Included, a historical study of African Americans of Hampton's first church and its descendant parishes, 1670-1826. Click here for more info.


 

Hamptons Union 1909 Christmas Souvenir Newspaper

1909 newspaper The Hamptons Union newspaper published a "Souvenir Edition" for Christmas, 1909. For Christmas, 2020, we are sharing this interesting edition with everyone in PDF format, along with a high-resolution version of the colorful front cover, suitable for printing. Click here for more info.


 

NEW!!
HHS Casino Fundraisers - Dates for 2021

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The Tuck Museum is still closed, but you can help us by gambling on HHS-sponsored charitable gaming days at the Ocean Gaming Casino at Hampton Beach. Click here for more info.


 

1927 Centre School Panorama with Name IDs

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Did anyone in your family attend the Hampton Centre School in 1927? If so, you can probably find their picture (as a kid) within our panoramic picture. We have created a series of web pages that enable you to find people by name in the image. Click here to find out about it.


 

Souvenir China Exhibit added to our Archives

china Pictures of the Souvenir China Exhibit from 2018-19 have been assembled into a series of webpages as part of our Archives collection.

This archive view includes close-up individual images of every piece in the exhibit, so it is a good chance for even people who saw the exhibit to get an even closer view of the pretty items that were on display. Click here to view the exhibit.


 

See Our 90th Anniversary Posters in Web Format

90th_exhibit_poster1_vsm.jpg HHS celebrated its 90th anniversary in 2015. As part of that occasion, an exhibit was created at the museum called Gathering on the Green: A History of the Hampton Historical Society and Tuck Museum from 1925 to the Present. It consisted of a series of posters for each decade, spread throughout the museum. Visitors would follow the route through the museum and read each poster.

At the time, we wanted people to come to the museum to see the new exhibit, and didn't want to present the full text of each poster on this website. However, now that some time has passed, we are now presenting those posters in web-friendly format for easy online viewing.

So, if you want to read a lot of interesting info about the history of Hampton and HHS, presented in a lively format (derived from the original, beautiful posters), go to the upgraded Gathering on the Green page.

(The physical posters are still on display at the museum, so come in and see them for real too!)