Since 1983, the NEH has supported the New Hampshire Historical Society in preserving historical collections and providing broad access to New Hampshire’s history. It has provided funding to develop and implement exhibitions on New Hampshire tools and toolmakers, taverns and turnpikes, and others focused on the state’s history. Through challenge grants, which have helped the Society raise more than $2.5 million, the NEH has also supported a renovation of the library; collection preservation; improvements to the Society’s historic building; and the creation of an education center and endowment for humanities programming. These improvements have allowed the Society to undertake programs of benefit to the people of New Hampshire. In addition to displaying exhibitions, the New Hampshire Historical Society hosts a wide range of events, including history lectures, guided tours, and workshops instructing adults in archival research. The Society recently launched the “Democracy Project,” an initiative which aims to supplement and bolster the history education in local public schools—the museum is a popular location for school field trips and hosts as many as 70% of New Hampshire’s fourth graders per year. A major portion of the project involves updating its history curricula, which was initially supported by an NEH challenge grant in the 1990s.
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