There are several houses that I pass on Pleasant Street which have a small plaque reading "MPHT". What do these letters signify? Answer: The letters MPHT stand for Meredith Parade Historic Trail. The plaques were installed in the late 1970s by Laconia resident and Eagle Scout candidate Gary Apfel, who also compiled a small booklet, "Meredith Parade Historic Trail, Laconia - Meredith, New Hampshire" (1982) a copy of which may be viewed at the Laconia Public Library or copies found for purchase on line. This booklet tells about the historic Meredith Parade Trail, which begins at the Belknap Mill in downtown Laconia, and winds its way north to the town docks in Meredith, New Hampshire. The book has a map with markers all along the route, and is illustrated with many photographs. The following appeared in the "Our yesterdays" column in 2007: From Del Brandt's "Vacationer's Notebook" column: "When seeking out brochures and information on the area from the Laconia Chamber of Commerce office at the railroad station in Veterans Square, try to pick up a copy of Gary Apfel's new booklet, 'Meredith Parade Historic Trail.' Two thousand of these booklets are being distributed free by the Lakes Region Chambers through the courtesy of the book's sponsors, Laconia Federal Savings & Loan and area benefactors. Rarely will you find a booklet of this caliber being given away. Copies were distributed to visitors attending the open house sponsored by the Laconia Historical Society in the Martha Prescott Auditorium at the Gale Memorial Library last Saturday afternoon. Gary, a senior at Dartmouth and an Eagle Scout from Troop 143, Laconia, with the help of other scouts and knowledgeable individuals, marked the trail and documented 26 sites - the area's version of Boston's Freedom Trail." (citation from "25 years ago," i.e., Brandt's column was originally published in mid-August, 1982)
Request for blueprints We have received a request for the original blueprints of the three buildings currently occupied by HealthLink on Main Street, Laconia — the former 1887-1888 City Savings/Laconia National Bank Building, the City Savings Bank Additions of 1957-1958 and the three-story addition fronting on the parking lot, built during Urban Renewal around 1969-1970. Anyone with information pertaining to these blueprints is requested to contact the Laconia Historical and Museum Society.
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