Warren Huse will give history of Laconia's Urban Renewal Project

LACONIA — Local historian Warren D. Huse will speak before the Laconia Historical and Museum Society on "Urban Renewal" at 7 p.m., Monday, Feb. 10, at Laconia Public Library.
Huse, who compiles the History Pages that appear in The Citizen on Saturdays, will illustrate his PowerPoint remarks with photographs documenting the transformation of Downtown which took place from 1962-1975.
Drawing from the annual reports of the Laconia Housing and Redevelopment Authority, he will cover the highlights of the planning and execution of the $7,123,255 project which completely refurbished the area between Bank Square and South Main Street into a pedestrian mall which was originally intended to be covered with a roof.
As with many other projects, funding for the roof was ultimately not forthcoming and, after two decades as a pedestrian mall, Main Street was reopened to vehicular traffic and limited parking in 1995.
The meeting, in the basement auditorium, is free and open to the public and refreshments will be served. For more information contact Laconia Historical and Museum Society at 603-527-1278, email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on the web at www.laconiahistorical.org