Presidential Visits to Laconia’ program set for Feb. 19 

The Laconia Historical and Museum Society will present “Presidential Visits to Laconia” at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, February 19, at Rotary Hall in the lower level of the Laconia Public Library.

Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon are just a few of the U.S. Presidents who visited Laconia during their political careers. To commemorate Presidents Day, LHMS will share tales, photos, and memorabilia from many of those visits, including three or four minutes of two local Presidential speeches.

According to Pat Tierney, executive director, “These words were shared with our community at the New Hampshire Veterans Association in the Weirs as well as the Lodge at Gunstock during Laconia visits.”

The visits “were well chronicled by the media yet our audience might be surprised by the content. Guess who they were?”

Because of the Presidents Day holiday, this program is being held on a Tuesday, and LHMS programs are now being held a half-hour earlier than formerly, on a trial basis.

Program is free and open to the public and refreshments will be served.

For further information, call 527-1278.

‘Ski Laconia: The History of the Gunstock Mountain Resort’opens Dec. 20

An exhibit, “Ski Laconia: The History of the Gunstock Mountain Resort,” will open at The Laconia Public Library at 6 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018.
Presented by the Laconia Historical and Museum Society, the exhibit features an overview of the early 20th century events and plans that resulted in Belknap County’s playground and ski industry. The story will continue by unfolding the trends and special people that made it happen.
In conjunction with the exhibit, the society will present a program at Woodside in the Taylor Community, at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 31, with Gunstock General Manager Greg Goddard as featured speaker.
The exhibit opening is free and open to the public and refreshments will be served. The exhibit will be on display until mid-March.
For further information call 527-1278, go to laconiahistory.org, or find LHMS on Facebook.
We hope to see you there!




Another new book on Laconia history!

LHMS Board Member Gerald P. Bourgeois has just published a new book,

“Fire! A Dreaded Cry: A History of the Laconia, NH Fire Department.”

Book signings will be announced.

Soft-bound, 333 pages, including a section of photos in color.

Anyone wishing to purchase the book directly can do so by sending $24.95 plus $3 shipping/handling to:

Gerald Bourgeois

4 Kinsman Drive

Laconia, NH  03246

Jerry’s earlier book, “Wherever Flames May Rage: A History of the Concord, NH Fire Department,” was published in 2015.


Copies of ‘Celebrate Laconia: 125 Years of the Lake City’ are still available!

Pick up your copy at The Laconia Daily Sun, Union Avenue, opposite Dairy Queen or contact the Laconia Historical and Museum Society or Celebrate Laconia.

If you didn’t pre-order,

the cost is $44.95

(Shipping available — add $7)

            ‘Celebrate Laconia: 125 Years of the Lake City’

‘Celebrate Laconia: 125 Years of the Lake City’New book, by Warren D. Huse,  issued by The Laconia Daily Sun and Pediment Publishing Co.

As of March 19, 2018, Pediment was out of stock for mail orders of the book.

LHMS has a limited number available at $44.95 plus $7 shipping and handling (Total: $51.95) Write to Laconia Historical and Museum Society, PO Box 1126, Laconia, NH 03247. Enclose check or money order. Copies may be picked up at the LHMS office in the Laconia Public Library for $44.95. Call (603) 527-1278 to arrange an appointment for pick-up.

Copies are also available at the offices of The Laconia Daily Sun, on Union Avenue in Lakeport and from Celebrate Laconia at 125th anniversary events.


160 pages, hardbound, full-color cover

Foreword by Mayor Edward J. Engler

Written and photographs selected by Warren D. Huse, compiler of the History Pages, “Our yesterdays” column and the “Then and Now” feature for The Citizen and The Laconia Daily Sun, for the past 27 years.
Despite the title, which commemorates 125 years of Laconia as a city in 2018, there is coverage of the preceding 127 years of settlement — making more than 250 years in scope, together with mention of the Native American presence going back 10,000 years.

270 photos or other images and approximately 34 page-equivalents of text in 7 chapters. Text, highlighting significant events in the town and city’s history, is based on more than 50 years’ worth of “Our yesterdays” columns and 100 linear feet of back-up material in the Laconia Historical and Museum Society’s files. Separate chapters included for Weirs Beach and Lakeport.

Photos furnished by residents and former residents, as well as drawn from the collections of the Laconia Public LIbrary and Laconia Historical and Museum Society.

4 specially-prepared maps, showing stages of growth of both town and city.

Several historic aerial photographs, showing various parts of the city.

Reproductions of the town and city seals and the 1993 “Together for Tomorrow” Logo.

Most of the photographs have not appeared previously in other books, although they may have been published in connection with the History Pages in The Citizen or The Laconia Daily Sun.

Among Highlights:
Great Fire of 1860
Urban Renewal program of the late 1960s-early 1970s
Downtown Revitalization Program, late 1980s
Launching of Mount Washington II

The beach at Weirs Beach

Generously sponsored by:

Bank of New Hampshire
Melcher & Prescott Insurance
Cantin Chevrolet
Laconia Monument Co.
The Naswa Resort
Sanborn’s Auto Repair
Weirs Beach Drive-In Theater
Wescott Law P.A.

NOTE: Corrections to the book may be found on the “News” page of this website (go to http://www.laconiahistory.org/news/).