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Loan your photos to the Historical Society’s exhibit

Friday, February 1, 2013

By COURTNEY MACKAY

Correspondent

The Merrimack Historical Society needs help to bring the history of the town back to life.

The Historical Society is collecting images for their records and will display them at Merrimack Town Hall, 6 Baboosic Lake Road, in the conference room on the top floor of the old building.

“We have a lot of buildings that no longer stand or aren’t what they use to be,” said Anita Creager, president of the Merrimack Historical Society for the past five years.

The display, Gone but Not Forgotten, will be on view for the next two to three months featuring photographs in display boxes of the Thornton’s Ferry Village and Southern Merrimack Village.

Creager, a resident of Merrimack since 1962, said this display will remind people of the town’s historic value.

“They don’t know what Merrimack was,” Creager said, of the young or new residents. “This will help them see the value of retaining some of this old stuff instead of tearing down.”

The Historical Society is hoping residents and others will share their images for future displays that will also be called Gone but Not Forgotten and housed in the same location.

Photographs needed include, but are not limited to, the following: the Reeds Ferry Area, such as Good Times Roller Skating Rink, Davinci’s Restaurant, Pilgrim Furniture/ Yield House/Goodwill Store, the Conference Center at Yield House parking lot, and nearby areas, and the Souhegan Village, Wilson and Turkey Hill area, such as Pizza Man across from MYA with the Pillsbury Boy statue, Poor Bill’s Pub At Lobster Boat, Zyla’s Auction House with sign on the building, etc.

“All those places you don’t think to look,” Creager said. “Maybe they’ll look, that’s what we’re hoping for.”

Creager shared a memory of when she first moved to Merrimack. Where the Anheuser Busch Brewery is located on D.W. Highway, was once one large open field.

She and her friends would watch the cows graze in the field during the day.

“I think people tend to have more respect for their surroundings when they know what it took for a town or city to become what it is today,” said Kathleen O’Leary, 25, current resident of Nashua but former resident of Merrimack. “It also gives people a chance to really connect to where they live.”

O’Leary, who admits that history was her favorite subject in school, said the Merrimack Historical Society’s display will help the locals connect with their surroundings.

“It gives people a sense of pride,” O’Leary said. “It allows for greater insight into town and city politics.”

The Historical Society is not only looking for images of old buildings but interior views of all district schools, old sports teams, genealogies of local families and research on residents’ homes.

Creager is asking people to look in their attics or old photo albums to see what will be revealed in places people never think to look.

“Looking back on memories of what was,” she said. “This will help us appreciate more of the buildings that are being torn down.”

For more information on Gone but Not Forgotten, contact Creager at 424-5084 or email her at anitacreager58@comcast.net.

You can mail your photographs to Creager, at:

Anita Creager

58 Indian Rock Road

Merrimack, NH 03054.

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