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Moffett House MuseumThe Moffett House Museum & Genealogy Center

Site Owners: Berlin and Coos Historical Society
Address: 119 High St, PO Box 52, Berlin, NH 03570

Contact: Odette Leclerc, Curator
603-752-7337 bcchs@hotmail.com
Website:
http://www.aannh.org/arts_organizations_info.php?med=History-Heritage&org=20#org

Description: The museum is the former home and office of Dr. and Mrs. Irving Moffett. There are two floors of artifacts and books open to the public for viewing and research on a regular basis. The basement, which housed the doctor's office, is open only by appointment.

Among the artifacts are extensive military memorabilia (uniforms from WWI to Desert Storm), photo albums, a full set of Brown Company Bulletins, largest collection of souvenir china in Coos County, town histories for surrounding towns and research assistance.

Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 12-4 or by appt
Admission: none

Directions: Route 16 (Main Street). Corner of High and Emery Streets.
Programs Offered: Admission is free. Speak French.

While you are in town, also visit: *Nansen Ski Jump - once was the site of the tallest steel tower jump east of the Mississippi and where Olympic Ski jump trials and Eastern State Championships took place. Built 1937, last jump 1982. *Fire Tower on Milan Hill * Gorham sites and museum. Boom Piers

Did you Know?
The Nansen Ski Jump, c.1937, was the site of the tallest steel tower jump east of the Mississippi and where the Olympic Ski jump trials and Eastern State Championships took place. Last jump 1982. Can be seen from Rte 16.

The oldest ski club, still in existence, in the United States began in Berlin in 1875 as a Norwegian ski klubben; later it took the name Nansen Ski Club to honor Dr. Fridtjof Nansen, professor of Oceanography and Zoology at Univ. of Oslo (Norway).

Pilot Carmen Onofrio took off from the Berlin Municipal Airport to bring equipment for icing research ot the top of Mt. Washington. Only plane to ever land on that mountain; made 43 trips to deliver all the equipment. First Landing: March 12, 1947.

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Churches on National Register of Historic Places
United Church of Christ Congregational, St. Anne Roman Catholic Church, and Orthodox Church of the Holy Resurrection (known locally as Russian Church)

Site of Boom Piers Marker

Physical Address: Main Street, Berlin, NH

Description: State Historic Marker describing the Boom Piers in the middle of the river and their significance. The Berlin Boom Piers were utilized during the early part of the 20th century by two large paper making companies to separate their respective logs traveling downriver. Used until mid-1960s. Can be seen on the Androscoggin River from Main Street.

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Nansen Ski Jump

Physical Address: Rte 16, Berlin, NH 03570

Description: This steel framed 170' ski jump was constructed in 1936 and was once the site of the tallest steel tower jump east of the Mississippi and where Olympic Ski jump trials and Eastern State Championships took place. The last jump was in 1982. Picnicking, fishing and a boat launch are available at a wayside area across from the ski jump.

Hours: no longer in use

Directions: Route 16 just north of Berlin

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