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Berlin & Coos County Historical Society

Contact: Odette Leclerc

Address: PO Box 52, 119 High Street, Berlin NH 03570

Phone: (603) 752-7337

Email: bcchs@hotmail.com

Hours: Open year-round; Tues - Sat, noon-4pm or by appointment

History: The historical society began life as the Berlin Historic Preservation Society and Coos County Historical Society in 1990. The name was shortened shortly after the society acquired the museum in 1996. The museum was the former home of Dr. Irving and Mrs. Mary Moffett. Dr. Moffett died in 1993, at which time Mary moved in with her sister, Ann, in Gorham, NH. The historical society approached Mary about purchasing her house, even though the society was in no financial position to pay full price for it. Mary, with a little nudging from her sister, donated the house and its contents. The papers were signed in 1997. The museum received so many genealogy books, and has become such a magnet for amateur genealogists, that Genealogy Center was added to the name in 2005.

Cultural Statement: The mission of the Berlin & Coos County Historical Society is to educate the broad and diverse public about the county's rich history, culture, and ethnic roots with an eye for showing their significance to our lives today. In support of this mission, the society collects, preserves and displays material pertaining to Coos County in general and Berlin in particular.

Activities: In addition to the museum and genealogy center, the museum has these books for sale: Once Upon a Berlin Time, books 1 & 2 by Paul Poof Tardiff Images of America: Berlin by historical society president Renney Morneau Traditions and Recollections of Berlin by Bailey K. Davis at 1897, reprinted in 1989 Reflections of Berlin compiled by E. John B. Allen, a book of oral histories. A Postcard History of Berlin, by historical society secretary Jacklyn Nadeau

Added: 2009-02-24

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