Freshening up Hooksett's 'Historical Sketches'
Founded in 1822, Hooksett's first comprehensive history was documented by Hardy in 1968 and published in 1969. Though Hardy's book has been able to provide those seeking to learn more about Hooksett's history with the perfect reference, heritage commission chairwoman Kathie Northrup said with help from the town's residents of today, it is time for an update.
“We're thinking of doing an update or sequel to cover through modern times and the events that have happened,” Northrup said.
It is an idea that has been discussed before and is still in its infancy. However, Northrup said with the drastic changes Hooksett has faced since the end of the '60s, the commission is welcoming any input and ideas from the public about what they would like to see included in the future book.
Some topics the commission has discussed include details of new bridges and highway construction, including Interstate 93's expansion through town. Updates on personnel at the fire and police departments, town preservation efforts, crimes and the growth of civic organizations have also been talked about for inclusion.
Northrup said she would like to see the new book written in a similar style to Hardy's, which just like the book's title suggests, provides sketches and glimpses into the town during various time periods. Northrup said Hardy was very in touch with goings on in the town for a number of years, so this time around she said she is excited to get input from all residents in town.
“(Hardy) was the town clerk for decades,” Northrup said. “He had access to so much information and was in the hub of it anyway. It should be fun to see what people come up with.”
A similar project occurred in Chester about 10 or 15 years ago and that is partially what inspired the heritage commission to take on the task for Hooksett.
Northrup said an author would need to be hired for the book and that process has not yet started. Because the author who ends up being selected may not be a Hooksett resident, it will be important for residents to provide as many ideas as possible to help steer the book's direction.
“The growth has been exponential,” Northrup said.
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