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Gilmanton NH News

May 25, 2016

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Gilmanton Historical Society Seeks Photographs


As the Gilmanton Historical Society begins its 50th year, it continues to expand its wonderful collection of items related to the history of Gilmanton.  Founded in 1967, the Society preserves and exhibits artifacts, letters, printed materials, and photographs that help document and explain the history of the Town.  The Society has an excellent small museum, located in the lower level of the Old Town Hall in the Iron Works, that houses and displays its collections.  The Society also presents a series of programs each year  on historical subjects relating to Gilmanton and New Hampshire.  It also takes the Gilmanton 4th grade students on a history tour of Town each spring.


The Society is seeking additional photographs that might be used in two of its programs this summer.  One program, August 23rd ,  will focus on the home front in Gilmanton during World War II.  Although our collection does include some wonderful pictures from that time period, we are hoping to find more, in particular photos of service members in uniform, victory gardens, metal drives or anything else that might illustrate what folks in Gilmanton were doing during the war years.


A second program and a tour, August 13th,  will center on Lower Gilmanton, the first-settled area of the Town.  Anyone with early photographs of Lower Gilmanton that they might be willing to share is asked to contact the Society.  We have the ability to scan and return photographs the same day to those who make them available.  Although we are concentrating on these two subjects, any early Gilmanton photos or items would be most welcome. If you can help out, please contact Paula Gilman (393-5761, [email protected]) or John Dickey (267-6098, [email protected]). The Society is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization, so any donations are tax deductible.


The Historical Society is sometimes confused with another important Gilmanton organization, the Historic District Commission (HDC).  The two bodies have quite different roles. Whereas the Historical Society deals with preserving history, the HDC’s role focuses on reviewing exterior construction details in the Town’s two historic districts.



44th Annual Laconia Academy Graduation


The 44th Annual Graduation of Laconia Academy, the Adult Evening High School Diploma Program, will be held on Friday, June 3, 2016, at 7:00 p.m. in the Auditorium at Laconia High School.  K. Mark Primeau, President and CEO Bank of New Hampshire will be the commencement speaker.  The public is invited to attend the Laconia Academy Graduation.


Over the last 44 years, 1,315 Lakes Region residents have returned to school at night to earn their high school diploma.  Twenty-five high school diplomas will be awarded on June 3rd.  Many of the graduates are unemployed and need their high school diploma to get a job, earn a pay increase or job promotion.  Some graduates returned to Laconia Academy to increase their own sense of self-esteem and personal self-worth.  Other graduates enrolled in the program will enter new career fields, find a better job, or will have the opportunity to be hired now that they have their high school diploma.


Five, June 2016 Laconia Academy Graduates are going on to post-secondary education. One graduate will be entering the military service.



Savers And Gilmanton School PTA/BASE


L-R: Emily Jacques, Allison Howe, Melissa Clark, Ashley Page, Kristen Menard, Krista Jacques


L-R: Melissa Clark (VP of Gilmanton School PTA) and Kristen Menard (BASE Director)


Community members were invited to donate gently-used clothing and household items at the Gilmanton School this past Sunday for its first annual  Savers Donation Drive. The drive’s goal was to raise funds to support the continued operation of Gilmanton’s Year Round Library. The Gilmanton community surely came through because with the joint volunteering efforts of Gilmanton School PTA and BASE, we raised $528.80. Gilmanton School PTA and BASE would also like to thank Keith Corbett of Atlas Precision Metal Fabricators Inc. for the donation of his box truck, which we filled with the donations and his time for helping Savers unload it.  


All goods collected through the Donation Drive fundraiser program are sold to Savers. Savers pays by the pound for every qualifying donation received and the $528.80 will go right to GYRL. In turn, these items help keep Savers floors freshly stocked. 


The Gilmanton School PTA is responsible for raising money so that we may supplement our students’ curriculum and enrich their educational experiences. We encourage any Gilmanton resident to join PTA. You can visit our website at  BASE is a licensed after school care provider whose mission is to provide families that attend Gilmanton Elementary School with before and after school care that meets the social, emotional, and physical needs of every child who attends.






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