LACONIA — The Laconia Historical and Museum Society will host an Opening Reception for its latest exhibit "For The Maintenance of the Union" – The History of the N.H. Veterans' Association on Tuesday, April 22 at 6 p.m. in the Exhibit Hall at the Laconia Public Library.
Not long after their return home, New Hampshire soldiers who fought in and survived the Civil War yearned to be reunited with fellow soldiers. Informal meetings ensued and numbers grew. In the early 1870s a number of regiments began to meet for long formal banquets. It was clear that there was an overwhelming desire for reunions. In June 1875, the New Hampshire Veteran's Association was organized in Concord. Their aim was "simply to cherish those fraternal feelings engendered among men who devoted four of the best years of their lives for the maintenance of the Union."
"I have so enjoyed working with Mike Young, Quartermaster and Fred Merrill, Historian from the Veterans' Association. They have been so very helpful in pulling this information together and walking me through the fascinating history of the NH Veterans' Association. My research has led me to an amazing find and connection with Warren, NH. I thank Robert and Sylvia Newton for their assistance in bringing back a part of Laconia's history – with a loaned item that I am thrilled can be a part of this exhibition. I am so excited to be able to share this research with Laconia through this presentation." says LHMS Executive Director, Brenda Kean.