Published DateLACONIA — The Laconia Historical and Museum Society is attempting to carry on the tradition of identifying the eldest resident in Laconia.
This tradition was introduced by Ann and Robert Dearborn in July of 1993 as part of the Centennial Celebration. In 1993, the Dearborns presented what came to be known as "The Centennial Cane" to Madeline Whelan who was at that time the eldest Laconia resident.
On an annual basis, the Society's Centennial Cane Committee conducts a search to identify the eldest member of the community so that they can present the cane during the month of July. Although the Centennial Cane will be part of the presentation ceremony, the cane will actually be kept on display at the Laconia Public Library where the Laconia Historical and Museum Society's office is located.
Those eligible to receive the Centennial Cane must be a resident of the City of Laconia and must be able to verify their date of birth.