Civil War 150
New Hampshire

New Hampshire Historical Society, Concord NH

Voices from the Front: New Hampshire & the American Civil War (Feb 18 - Dec 20, 2012)

The American Civil War is popularly remembered today as a great struggle between two sections of a growing nation to end slavery.  While the war was fought in the South, every part of peoples’ lives in northern states was touched by the conflict. 38,000 men from New Hampshire served in volunteer regiments and the U. S. Army.

The exhibit draws from the New Hampshire Historical  Society’s extensive collection of letters, diaries, photographs and objects to explore the complex and changing relationships between the soldiers who fought the war and the people endured on the home front during the war. The exhibition will explore the causes of the War and the service of soldiers through battles, camp life, sickness, and prison life. Government and politics, industry, home life, mourning, and memory will be used to explore the changing lives of people in New Hampshire during the period. Through war, New Hampshire citizens forged new social, economic and political institutions and a new world view necessary to rebuilding the nation.

New Hampshire Historical Society Resources:

New Hampshire Collections: A Guide to Our Cultural Heritage edited by Linda Betts Burdick (1992 collaboration between New Hapmshire Historical Society and New Hampshire State Library Division of Cultural Affairs). This document lists 59 sites in New Hampshire with Civil War related items in their permanent collections.

About the New Hampshire Historical Society

Since 1823, the New Hampshire Historical Society has preserved the state's past and told its rich stories to each generation. The mission of the New Hampshire Historical Society's is to educate a diverse public about the significance of New Hampshire 's past and its relationship to our lives today. In support of this mission, the Society collects, preserves, and interprets materials pertaining to New Hampshire history.

The Society is the state's premier organization collecting, preserving, and sharing
Granite State history. Its museum and library offer the most extensive collection of resources and materials related to New Hampshire history that can be found anywhere. For close to two centuries, the Society has gathered objects, books, manuscripts, and images that tell New Hampshire 's story. The collections include 30,000 museum objects, 50,000 printed volumes, 1.5 million pages of manuscripts, 800,000 pages of newspapers, 200,000 photographic images, 10,000 broadsides and ephemera items. Ranging in date from pre-contact to the present day, the Society's holdings reflect broadly the state's economic, political, social, and cultural history.

The Society owns three properties all centrally located in Concord, New Hampshire's capital city: (1) the 1911 Tuck Library designed by Guy Lowell; (2) a mid-19th-century commercial structure renovated and opened in May 1995 as the Society's Museum of NH History; and (3) the Eagle Stable, a brick building adjacent to the museum, purchased in October 1993 and currently used as office rental space.

The Society's Museum of NH History features the long-term overview called

New Hampshire Through Many Eyes. Some of the museum's most popular and fascinating objects are featured in this overview exhibition of New Hampshire's past including an original Concord stagecoach,  a re-created wigwam, an 18th-century parlor, and a fire tower - inside the museum! The museum also offers changing exhibitions on a variety of topics. Several items from the museum collection, including paintings, furniture, the original eagle from the New Hampshire State House, and Revolutionary War flags can be seen at the Society's library. Temporary exhibitions are also featured in the library's gallery. In addition, the Society develops traveling exhibitions.


The Society’s Tuck Library preserves the finest collection of printed, manuscript, and pictorial materials relating to

New Hampshire history anywhere. The library is named for the Society's greatest benefactor, Edward Tuck (1842-1938), who, in the early 1900s, donated funds to build a new library for the Society. Tuck, a native of Exeter, and his wife, Julia (1850-1928), were generous philanthropists in New Hampshire and in France throughout their lives. Tuck also established the Amos Tuck School of Business at his alma mater, Dartmouth College, named in honor of his father, who was a U.S. Congressman from New Hampshire and a leader in establishing the Republican Party in the mid-1850s. The Society's special collections department preserves and shares thousands of unique and marvelous resources documenting the history of New Hampshire : over 3,000 manuscript collections, 200,000 images, 1,000 maps, and thousands of items of printed ephemera. The library catalogue lists more than 300 Civil War-related entries.

The Society offers a variety of educational programs, including school tours at the museum, outreach programs to classrooms across the state, workshops, lectures, demonstrations, courses, family days, and technical workshops for local historical societies and libraries. The Society published the state's first-ever New Hampshire history curriculum for grades K-12.

The New Hampshire Historical Society is the independent nonprofit that saves, preserve, and shares

New Hampshire history. The Society serves thousands of children and adults each year through its museum, library, educational programs, and award-winning publications including the Society's semi-annual journal, Historical New Hampshire, and a quarterly newsletter featuring information on the Society's events and activities.




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