Rob Morris is a lifetime resident of Hampstead and the current President of the Hampstead Historical Society and the Chairperson of the Hampstead Historic/Heritage Commission.
"Maurie" was a lifelong resident of Hampstead, NH. A retired electrician, Maurie loved the town of Hampstead, where he was the Town Historian and President of the Hampstead Historical Society. He was a former Chairman of the Hampstead School Board, a member of the Planning Board and the Hampstead Fire Department. He was also very active in Hampstead Little League. He was a US Navy veteran, serving during the Korean War.
Maurie, along with his father, was responsible for saving much of the History of Hampstead. Maurie reported that the town's historical documents had been distributed for safekeeping among the residents living on Main street. The Town was afraid of fire, as many other towns had lost their important historical documents to fire. This way a single fire could not destroy all of the town's documents. Typically kept in the attic, over time, these "old papers" sometimes ended up being left out on the street for trash collection. First his father, then Maurie, would walk up and down the street, before trash day, retrieving any valuable papers from the rubbish. In this way, Hampstead still has the hand-written sermons of the Reverend Henry True, the town's first permanent minister, who came to Hampstead in 1752.
Maurie published the book History of Hampstead New Hampshire in 1999 which is available at the Hampstead Public Library as well as for purchase for $25 at the Hampstead Historical Museum. Click here to learn more about this book.
Harriette Eliza Noyes was a member of one of founding families of the town of Hampstead. She gave the Historical Address at the 150th Anniversary of the town on July 4, 1899 at. In 1899 and 1902, she published the most comprehensive historical record of Hampstead in a two volume set called A Memorial of the Town of Hampstead, New Hampshire. This set not only includes historical information, photos, and sketches that she collected, but the proceedings of the 150th anniversary celebration and a reprinting of the proceedings and address of I.W. Smith from the 100th anniversary celebration.
These volumes are available at the Hampstead History Museum, the Hampstead Public Library, and online at the links below:
A Memorial of the Town of Hampstead, New Hampshire : Historic and Genealogic Sketches. Proceedings of the Centennial Celebration, July 4th, 1849. Proceedings of the 150th Anniversary of the Town's Incorporation, July 4th, 1899. (Volume 1)