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Published by the New Hampshire Historical Society since 1944, Historical New Hampshire is the only statewide journal devoted to New Hampshire history. The semi-annual publication is a benefit of membership in the Society. Join today and you will receive the most recent issue with your membership.

The newest issue of Historical New Hampshire offers an unprecedented look at the prolific career of Samuel L. Gerry (1813–91), a prominent 19th-century artist who was known particularly for his paintings of New Hampshire, especially the White Mountains. Gerry’s depictions of the state’s natural beauty and wonders, including the Old Man of the Mountain and Mount Washington, helped shape the way Americans viewed New Hampshire and contributed to the rise of tourism in the state. This special 128-page issue features 52 full-color plates of Gerry’s paintings, along with articles by Gerry scholar Charles Vogel and art historian Melissa Geisler Trafton. The issue has also has been published in book form and is available for purchase through the Society's store.

Cover of the 2021 issue of Historical New Hampshire.

Volume 74, Nos. 1 & 2, 2021

A Faithful Student of Nature: The Life and Art of Samuel L. Gerry
Elizabeth Dubrulle, Editor
Donna-Belle Garvin, Guest Editor
Joan E. Desmarais, Illustrations Editor
Wesley G. Balla, Director of Collections & Exhibitions
Detail of Old Man of the Mountain painting


William H. Dunlap
Detail of painting of Center Harbor, NH, by Samuel L. Gerry.

A Love Affair with the White Mountains

Mike Pride
Image of Samuel L. Gerry.


Charles Vogel and Allen Vogel
Detail of the painting Fording the Stream by Samuel L. Gerry.

The “Productive Easel”: The Career of Samuel Lancaster Gerry

Charles Vogel
Detail from painting of Artist's Brook by Samuel L. Gerry.

Under the White Umbrella: Samuel L. Gerry and the Public Role of the Artist in the 19th-Century Art Market   

Melissa Geisler Trafton

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