LRPA’s first 20 years to be chronicled, April 15 

LACONIA — In recognition of its 20 years of operation, Lakes Region Public Access TV will be the subject of the next Laconia Historical and Museum Society program, April 15, at 6:30 p.m. at the Laconia Public Library.
The station went on the air, March 18, 1999, under the direction of Peter Pijoan and has continued, through many changes in technology and with subsequent station managers as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, under the governance of a board of directors.
Current Station Manager Grace McNamara will moderate a panel of current and former station personnel in tracing the 20-year history of LRPA, to include a look at the sweeping changes in technology since those first days of VHS recording, along with the landmark local productions that the station has featured.
Among those productions, “Today in Focus,” with Jen Andersen and Charlie St. Clair, and “Now and Then” with Esther Peters are only two examples of LRPA’s unique programing.
Laconia Historical and Museum Society has also been one of the organizations producing programs for LRPA since the very beginning.
The program, at Rotary Hall on the Lower Level of the library, is free and open to the public and refreshments will be served.
For further information, (603) 527-1278, lhmslpl@metrocast.net, visit Facebook or www.laconiahistory.org

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Laconia Historical and Museum Society Is Looking for new Members!


Do you love history? Are you interested in Laconia’s history? Are you interested in keeping Laconia’s history alive? One of the ways you can do this is by becoming a member of the Laconia Historical and Museum Society, a 501(c)(3) organization. LHMS houses the city’s historical collection of photos, ephemera and artifacts. We have monthly programs on historical topics. We hold exhibitions at the Laconia Public Library on topics of interest to the city. Our main job is to preserve and share the city’s history with you the citizens of Laconia.

We are looking for new corporate sponsors, as well as individual and family members. As an incentive to bring in new members, we are holding a contest between now and June 30.  Anyone, including current members, who brings in four or more new members will be entered into a drawing for a $100 gift card donated by Patrick Wood Law Office. You may enter as many times as you’d like each time you bring in four new members. The winner will be notified by phone.

You may pick up membership forms at the Laconia Public Library, submit our online membership form, or click here to print a copy of our form and mail it in. Also visit our website and Facebook page to find out about upcoming events. You can also call us at 527-1278.

Thank you,

Pam Clark, President LHMS

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/).