Corrections noted for new book:

On Page 82, in the photo of Dr. Werner von Braun, the man at the left was New Hampshire Rep. (and former NH Attorney General) Louis Wyman, not U.S. Rep James Cleveland.

On Page 143, the caption for the photo of the Tamarack Drive-In is in error. The correct caption should read as follows: The Tamarack Drive-In, north of The Weirs, has been a landmark near the Roller Coaster-Watson Road intersection for more than half a century, having been established in 1960 by Joseph L. Gilbert. Other owners, over the years have included Paul and Norman Laflamme, Steven G. and Regina Furnald and Ed and Nancy El-Far. James Clayton who, with his two brothers, had been early employees, purchased the business in 2007.

On Page 117, the top of the photograph was inadvertently cropped out during the production process. Here is the full photo, as it should have appeared:


ABOVE: Looking southwest from the Black Brook area in the mid-1960s, Fletcher’s Paint Store and Barton’s Motel are seen in foreground, the Shore Diner near the railroad crossing and the Tekwood plant beyond the railroad crossing. In the distance, Lakes Opechee and Winnisquam are seen from a different perspective in this Loran Percy photo.  LACONIA PUBLIC LIBRARY

A clarification on Page 63, at the top:

The sentence beginning, “Tefft ‘did not remain …” should have read: “Ward Six Councilor Harold Tefft ‘did not remain ….’ ”

Here is an additional page that had to be left out of the book:


Here is another:

 Missing issues of 2007 Laconia Daily Sun sought

The microfilm files of The Laconia Daily Sun for February, March and April 2007 are missing — apparently never microfilmed, 10 years ago. Anyone with ANY copies of issues during that period is requested to contact LHMS or the Laconia Public Library. If a complete or nearly complete run of these dates can be assembled and placed on microfilm, the files can be made complete. (Note: the missing issues are also missing at the State Library and at the microfilm company.)


Looking for ‘Warner’ stove manual

A request has been received from someone in New Zealand who is looking for a manual for a stove sold by Warner Stove Works in Laconia. He said the company was located on New Salem Street in the late ’70s/early ’80s.  The model number is W-130-3B. If anyone has such a manual, or further information, contact Deann at the Laconia Public Library (603-524-4775, ext. 11 or

New feature

See the new “Guestbook” feature under the “Contact us” page!

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.

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.

History of the Colonial Theater

Visit Dean Dexter’s “Save the Colonial Theater” page

‘Made in Laconia’ Exhibit

Take a virtual tour of this exhibit, which was on display at the Laconia Public Library in 2013. Go to Archive and search under ‘Made in Laconia’ Exhibit.