Walpole Historical Society wins award for children's clothing exhibit

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WALPOLE, N.H. — The Walpole Historical Society has been recognized with a Public Programming — Exhibit Award from the Association of Historical Societies of New Hampshire. The award was presented last Saturday at the association's annual meeting at the Monadnock Center for History and Culture in Peterborough, New Hampshire.

The Walpole Historical Society's 2017 exhibition, "When They Were Young — Children's clothing 1800-1960" interprets local history in 10 historical themes while using more than 100 historic garments to tell the story. Each historical theme is displayed in the form of a vignette with clothing arranged around props, like a theatrical performance. Themes of Baptism, Smocking, Teen Years, and The Zipper drew enthusiasm from residents of Walpole or visitors from around the region.

"It is a wonderful example of an all-volunteer historical society communicating their past in an inclusive and inviting manner, said AHSNH award committee chair Jennifer Carroll. "The Walpole Historical Society is commended for its professional approach to this project which extended from their exhibit design and displays to their website content, marketing campaign, and partnerships with schools."

"Visitors have embraced the exhibit enthusiastically," remarked Walpole Historical Society President Christie Winmill. "The exclamations of, 'Oh, I remember " and "Can you believe " and "Who would wear " indicated the immediate connection to the historical content of the exhibit. It has been thought provoking and entertaining to museum visitors and has, we believe, stimulated an interest in preserving our Walpole heritage."

The exhibition "When They Were Young" has been extended into the 2018 season and can be seen during normal business hours. Visit http://www.walpolehistory.org.

Each year the association presents awards to historical societies and individuals in the state of New Hampshire that use best practice in the field of museums to accomplish their goals, bring in new visitors, create new partnerships, or use local history to make a significant impact in their community. This year AHSNH gave out four awards. In addition to Walpole Historical Society, awards were given to: Roger Daniels for lifetime achievement; Canterbury Historical Society its publication "Staying Small in a Century of Growth: Canterbury, New Hampshire 1900-2000;" and a consortium of 13 historical societies, museums and libraries in the Merrimack Valley region for their year-long exhibitions and programming entitled "Over Here, Over There: World War I and life in New Hampshire Communities."

The Association of Historical Societies of New Hampshire is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization dedicated to encouraging and assisting historical organizations in the state of New Hampshire in the study, preservation, and understanding of local history. Visit www.historicalsocietiesnh.com/about for more information.

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