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Semiquincentennial

Hear ye!  Hear ye, one and all!

To Hillsborough businesses, residents, schools, committees and interested parties:

Something Big is Coming Up!

In two years, Hillsborough will observe a big birthday. The year 2022 will be the 250th anniversary of the incorporation of our town in 1772. This definitely calls for a town-wide celebration, and it’s time to start planning.

We’ve had them before, but never like this one will be. This is a major town anniversary – we could call it the Semiquincentennial or the Sestercentennial, but whatever we call it – it marks 250 years.

The town, with help from the Hillsborough Historical Society (HHS), would like to plan a series of events and celebrations, complete with decorations, memorabilia and souvenirs, perhaps a parade and a pageant of our early days. It’s our chance to showcase everything our historic community has to offer. Everything from 1772, when a few bold men swung axes in one of the most northerly N.H. settlements, until today, when we’re nearly 6,000 strong.

To pull this off, we need your help.

Whatever your age or how long you’ve lived here, all your ideas and recollections are welcome. The HHS is already brainstorming. How can your business or club participate?  Could you write a play about life here in the earliest days of our republic? Could you organize a band or parade? Have you active neighbors? Could they pitch in? Does your child need community service hours for school?  Have you enjoyed things in other towns that could be included here? The possibilities are endless!

If you can join us in this endeavor, or know someone who may be interested, please contact Christina Chadwick at the Hillsborough Historical Society (603) 464-3637  or message inquiries@hillsboroughhistory.org to let Christina know you’re interested.

The town will be holding a planning meeting (using masks and social distancing)  to get started.  We can ALL use something to look forward to these days, so make a list of ideas, and watch for more information.

 

 

Programs & Events

Do You Remember – 1986

This year, Hillsborough Historical Society is hosting a series of “DO YOU REMEMBER?” round table discussions in order to enhance its archives by collecting stories about Hillsborough’s deceased residents, notable events, and businesses of yesteryear from those of you who remember them.

DO YOU REMEMBER “THE GREAT NUCLEAR DUMP FIGHT” of 1986?

It will be the topic of the Society’s second round table discussion to be held at the

Heritage Museum on 5 Central Street
at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, February 25th

(snow* date: 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 27th).

Of course, anyone living in Hillsborough in January 1986 remembers the announcement by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)  that it was seeking a permanent nuclear waste repository somewhere between Maine and Georgia. Based solely on its “scientific” research, the DOE determined that a 78 square mile area of a particular type of granite centered beneath Hillsboro would theoretically provide the perfect dumping site capable of holding about 70,000 metric tons of radioactive trash. A half-mile deep network of tunnels extending into over 20,000 acres would negatively effect not only

Hillsborough, but at least ten neighboring towns for millions of years. For many residents this reopened a wound inflicted by the losing battle against the construction of the Seabrook Nuclear Power Plant. So hundreds of very angry, frustrated, but determined residents formed two brigades to execute plans for getting Hillsborough off of the DOE’s hit list. “Don’t Dump on Me!” became their battle cry.

By Jim Richmond – IMG_1561aUploaded by ChNPP, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=15172379

The main goal of “People of New Hampshire Against the Nuclear Dump” was to serve as a public relations group. They brought their plight to the attention of the state and national media; organized a united front of peaceful protests, rallies, and meetings; held fundraising events; and sold/distributed flags, banners, and t-shirts.

The main goal of “The Citizen Task Force” was to refute the criteria in the DOE’s four volume report of technological and bureaucratic jargon. At the end of the allotted 90 day time frame, the task force presented a well-researched, highly technical 700 page report which proved unequivocally that the DOE’s evidence to select Hillsborough as a dump site was inaccurate, and quite frankly, preposterous.

By the end of May, the DOE surrendered; it finally realized it had chosen the wrong site. The DOE learned one important thing about Granite Staters: not only is granite beneath their feet, but it runs through their veins as well! Granite Staters won! – at least, for now…

Some information for this article was gleaned from Cynthia Van Hazinga’s book History of Hillsborough, New Hampshire and Grace and Ronald Jager’s book The Granite State New Hampshire An Illustrated History.

Please join us to share your memories and memorabilia-such as: photos, t-shirts, flags, etc. If you didn’t participate in this event, please join us to to learn about it, and to express gratitude to those who dedicated their time, energy, and expertise to rescue Greater Hillsborough from annihilation.

If you are unable to attend the discussion, but have memories or memorabilia to share, please contact the Society…

mail: Hillsborough Historical Society, PO Box 896, Hillsborough, NH 03244-0896;

phone: 603-464-3637;

Email: Hillsboroughhistory@gmail.com;

or just drop by the Society’s Heritage Museum on any Wednesday or Saturday 9:00-12:00

For the Society’s next discussion, please watch local papers or visit www.hillsboroughhistory.org