Key priorities and goals of the New Hampshire Historical Society are to enhance the lives of residents and visitors by fostering a greater appreciation of our common history and culture and to improve the quality of history, civics, and social studies education statewide. To achieve these goals, the Society provides a variety of engaging and enjoyable learning experiences and resources for children and adults.

Guidelines for Social Studies Education in New Hampshire Schools

In June 2022 the New Hampshire Historical Society and the New Hampshire Council for the Social Studies released guidelines providing school administrators, school boards, and parents with a road map for renewing social studies education in the state. The “Guidelines for Social Studies Education in New Hampshire Schools” offer eight key principles schools can implement to deliver high-quality instruction in history, civics, geography, and economics.

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Democracy Project and Moose on the Loose

In 2017 the New Hampshire Historical Society launched the Democracy Project: Renewing History and Civics Education in New Hampshire Schools, a major initiative to help address the alarming deficit in history, civics, and socials studies education among Granite State students. Over the past five years the Society has raised $1.1 million to fund the creation of a new comprehensive educational resource called Moose on the Loose: Social Studies for Granite State Kids, a major component of the Democracy Project. Watch this video to learn more about the Democracy Project and Moose on the Loose.

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Education Programs Supporters

The New Hampshire Historical Society is grateful to the following donors for investing in New Hampshire kids and social studies education. 

Democracy Project Lead Sponsors
Joel J. & Catherine L. Bedor
     In memory of Attorney Alexander J. & Loretta S. Corey
Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation
Samuel P. Hunt Foundation
Jane’s Trust
National Endowment for the Humanities
SilverTech, Inc.
Anonymous Foundation

Democracy Project Sponsors
Norwin S. & Elizabeth N. Bean Foundation
Dr. Horace Shepard Blood & Mrs. Gene Pierce Blood
Brown Foundation, Inc., of Houston
Cogswell Benevolent Trust
Concord Group Insurance Companies
Eppes-Jefferson Foundation
McIninch Foundation
Monadnock Paper Mills, Inc.
New Hampshire Bar Foundation, Judge Richard F. Cooper Fund, Richard P. Dunfey Fund, Frederick K. Upton Fund, and Arthur & Esther Nighswander Justice Fund
New Hampshire Charitable Foundation
New Hampshire Humanities
Northeast Delta Dental
Gilbert Verney Foundation
Madelaine G. von Weber Trust

Democracy Project Donors
Deborah & David Adams
Janet P. Anderson
Maud V. Ayson
Alan P. Cleveland
Cotton M. Cleveland and John B. Garvey
Benjamin Couch Trust
Gertrude Couch Trust
Marc S. & Ann W. Davis
Charles G. Douglas III & Debra M. Douglas
Deborah J. Hall
Susan & Beatty Hunter
Terry M. & Craig E. Knowles
Mascoma Bank
Patricia S. Meyers
Rebecca Mitchell
New Hampshire Bar Foundation, Judge Richard F. Cooper Fund, J. Albert and Mildred E. Lynch Fund, and Frederic K. Upton Justice Fund
New Hampshire Council for the Social Studies
New Hampshire Daughters of the American Revolution
Barbara A. & Larry H. Pitsch
Putnam Foundation
Savings Bank of Walpole
Robert C. & Janet A. Simmonds
Barbara K. Sweet
Pamela Van Arsdale & Robert Dewey

Education Programs Sponsors
Concord Pediatric Dentistry, PA
John L. Frisbee Education Fund of the New Hampshire Historical Society
Merrimack County Savings Bank Foundation
New Hampshire Humanities

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