The mission of the Hillsborough Historical Society is basically to promote and record the history of Hillsborough New Hampshire. The emphasis of the HHS is threefold. The society runs as a museum the state owned Franklin Pierce Homestead. It is responsible for guides, programs, gift shop, displays, and all other activities related to the museum. It also runs a museum of lacal history, the Heritage Museum, a restored firehouse, owned by the Town of Hillsborough. HHS is responsible for all aspects of the museum. Our third responsibility is for the preservation of the Manahan- Phelps -McCulloch collection, a very large collection (100,000+) of photographic negatives covering the social history of Hillsborough and the area over a period of more that 140 years.
It is the intention of the society to protect and preserve this collection for the use and education of the community. A computerized database has been developed. Scanned images are available, and the HHS has, in conjunction with Arcadia Publishing, produced a book for Arcadia's Images of America Series. This book will be available from HHS and in bookstores early in 2012.
A major event every summer in Hillsborough, spearheaded by a committee of the HHS, is the Living History Event. This event is held in August and features Civil War reenactments and many different kinds of entertainment promoting local history. 2011's Living History Event was featured on NH Chronicle.
Hillsborough Historical Society
PO Box 896
Hillsborough, NH 03244