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Candia Heritage Commission seeking recollections from residents


The Candia Heritage Commission is collecting memories for inclusion in an updated town history and recollections of days of yore are needed from longtime Candia residents.

“We welcome stories and cherished memories of people and places most of us have forgotten or never knew,” said Diane Philbrick, chair of the Candia Heritage Commission, the group overseeing the project.

Philbrick said the effort began last year when Candia was planning its 250th anniversary celebration.

“It didn’t really gain traction right away, but the heritage commission has decided to move forward with this project now,” she said. “The bicentennial people actually did a pretty good job of updating the town’s history, but here we are, 50 years later, and it’s been a long time since we’ve done this, so that’s the goal here.”

Philbrick said the effort is a two-pronged approach. Some of the seven members of the Candia Historical Society will venture into the community and contact many of the town’s organizations for information.

The other approach involves reaching out to residents to form a history through individual storytelling.

“There’s such a rich variety of subjects out there, depending on someone’s experiences, and I really think this is going to be very fun,” said Philbrick. “When a person tells you something about history, well, I guess history becomes personal. It’s a little more tangible.”

One resident, who has already shared his memories, spent years at the old Baptist church in Candia, winding the tower clock each Sunday.

“It’s that type of thing that may turn into some wonderful stories,” said Philbrick. “We’re just trying to get the word out and we’re seeking folks who would like to write us a little story, maybe just a couple paragraphs, and then we’re going to put that together and make it available for the community.”

Philbrick said the heritage commission is also collecting photos as part of the effort.

“If we’re going to put something together, we really need photos to catch the eye and make people interested,” she said. “It can’t be totally text.”

Those with stories to tell are encouraged to email information or a request for a call from a commission member to heritage@candianh.org.

roconnor@newstote.com



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