Giving Opportunities

2017-2018 Annual Appeal

Our Water Street property continues to need attention. Chief issues are ancient HVAC, electrical and plumbing needs which need to be addressed.  We ask for your assistance to help with some of these building needs. Your contributions will also help the Society to continue to present quality programming. In 2018, LHMS is planning several events to honor the city of Laconia in its 125th year.

How can you help? Please consider making a donation toward operating expenses and Society needs. Make a donation and also think of us in your estate planning. Donations can be a one-time payment or consist of small monthly payments which can add up to a substantial annual contribution. We are happy to help you arrange a payment plan to make your giving easier. Can we please add your name to our list of generous donors this year? Please mail your donation to LHMS, PO Box 1126, Laconia, NH 03247.

Thank you for your generous donation and support. Please take a moment to mail your donation today!

It is support from people like you that will help to keep the history of this great city alive for generations to come.

Pam Clark, President

Securing the Future

Laconia, New Hampshire, has a rich history that is worth protecting and sharing with future generations. Thanks to Laconia’s public-sprited citizens who have donated historic artifacts, LHMS maintains a collection of approximately 2,000 historic objects, over 150 linear feet of manuscript and photographic collections, and 350 bound volumes. The long-term care and preservation of this collection is at the heart of the Society. Equally significant to the mission of LHMS is providing access to collections and the history the city.

Listed below are the opportunities to become a member and/or contribute to a specific fund.


Become a member or update your current membership here using PayPal and then fill out our membership form so we can mail you an LHMS membership card. Membership rates start at $15 and extend up to $100.

Giving Opportunities

Contributing to any of the following will help the Laconia Historical and Museum Society provide the public access to local history. Click the PayPal buttons to donate to that cause or send a check to Laconia Historical & Museum Society, PO Box 1126, Laconia, NH 03247

Building Fund

LHMS realized its most significant long-range goal with the purchase of a former Laconia Car Company shop building to serve as the permanent home for its collections. While the collection is now housed in a climate-controlled environment, ongoing maintenance and repairs require funding. Providing for these costs will allow the Society to concentrate on the business of history by providing programs for all ages, exhibitions, and improved access to collections.

Collections Care Fund

Provides funds to care for and conserve the artifacts entrusted to the Laconia Historical and Museum Society. Typical collections care needs include archival supplies, UV filters for collections storage windows, and environmental monitoring devices… $100, $500, $1000 donations needed.
ALSO needed: Laptop computer- $1000, Nilfisk UZ 934 Vacuum Cleaner with HEPA filtration- $600

Wish List

LHMS could use a quantity of “hanging files” for its collections of photographs and manuscripts — both legal- and letter-size. Gently-used are fine! Contact the Society at 527-1278 or

Become part of a lasting legacy through estate planning

Planning for your own future and that of your heirs, and for the future of the Laconia Historical and Museum Society are part of charitable estate planning. Just as LHMS preserves Laconia’s past for the benefit of future generations, YOU can help both your own and the society’s future well-being through planned giving.

When you remember the Laconia Historical and Museum Society through planned giving, you can save on gift and estate taxes, income and capital gains taxes.

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, LHMS depends upon the goodwill of members and friends to help sustain its programs.

Private philanthropy has brought us this far — and we have accomplished much in the 35 years since Winnie Hackett, Gilbert Center, George Bingham, Stan Kidder, Gwen and Rolland Gove and others restored and reinvigorated the Laconia Historical Society in 1981, along with Bob Dearborn and the group who founded the Laconia Museum Society, as well as through the days during which Julie Upham, Esther Peters, Paul Normandin and others oversaw the merger of the two groups into today’s LHMS.

And, for the past 12 years, we have continued to expand our programs and contributions to the field, under the direction of several executive directors and in partnership with the Laconia Public Library. We have also acquired a historic building in which to store, conserve and safeguard our constantly-increasing collections.

Your support allows our programs and services to continue to be available to researchers and to the public. In addition to your annual membership dues, contributions in support of specific programs and contributions to the annual fund, please consider remembering LHMS in your estate planning when you consult with your attorney or financial advisor. Through planned giving, you can help LHMS continue to serve its mission of saving, preserving and sharing the rich history of Laconia, Lakeport and The Weirs.