5 Central St., Hillsborough, NH 03244603.464.3637HillsboroughHistory@gmail.comWeds.. & Sat. 9-12. - MPM by Appointment.

The Hillsborough Historical Society:

Hillsborough Heritage Museum

Several of our current displays tell stories about little known natives and citizens of Hillsborough and how they have contributed to or helped change the course of the history of the United States. Photography is permitted. Please be sure to sign our guest book. Thank you for visiting our museum.

Current Exhibits – 2018 – A Woman’s Place:

Artistry and Resourcefulness Outside the Kitchen…

Lotte Jacobi – Photographer

  • showcasing the Einstein Photographs

Alice Knight (1861 – 1969)

  • Artist, Painter of foiled tinsel works
  • Hillsborough resident, 1912-1969

Beatrice Trum Hunter

  • Artist, Photographer

Also Featuring:

  • Florence Favor
  • Lizzie Dowlin
  • Mae Hogg
  • Mrs. Franc Clement
  • Mrs. Edna S. Perk

All Aboard! – Making Tracks to the Pacific

  • Benjamin Pierce Cheney

  • Growth of the Railroad



– 2007 American Association for State and Local History’s Albert B. Corey Award Winner for the preservation of Hillsborough’s Historic Manahan-Phelps-McCulloch Photographic Collection

– 2009 Winners of the Association of Historical Societies of NH Public Education and Programming Award for The Living History Event.

Help Support All of Our Wonderful Programming

You can Visit Us:

Weds. & Sat., 9 AM - 12 PM
  -- OR --
MPM Collection by Appointment.

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Interested in our Photo Collection?
We have published a book using our AWARD WINNING PHOTO COLLECTION. Available at the Heritage Museum.
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  • Historic Stone Arch Bridges of Hillsborough
    Once home to more than a dozen stone arch bridges, Hillsborough still has five of these gems, four of which are used everyday to support auto, bike and foot traffic.
  • The Heritage Museum is Hillsborough's refurbished Fire House. Our displays include the original Hillsborough Grange Hall Theater Curtains and the MPM Photo Collection.
  • 3 action-packed sites all for one modest ticket price over two exciting days. Come experience what living in America was like 100-200 years ago at the 9th Annual Living History Event! Come join us, you'll be glad you did.
  • A treasure trove of searchable historic images. The Manahan-Phelps-McCulloch Collection is a collection of more than 250,000 images from a photographic studio in continuous operation in Hillsborough from the early 1860's. The studio originally opened under the ownership of Solon Newman, and has changed ownership many times over the years. Starting in 1899, William H. Manahan Jr. ran the studio for 54 years until Cyrus Phelps took over in 1953. In 2002, Donald McCulloch and Catherine Phelps McCulloch, the final proprietors, donated the collection to the Hillsborough Historical Society. The society has been preserving and documenting the collection ever since.