FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 19, 2017
Lori Kincaid, N.H. Department of Education
Student posters honoring NH State House Bicentennial on exhibit at State Library
Posters designed by New Hampshire students as part of the State House’s bicentennial celebration are on display at the New Hampshire State Library through Oct. 13.
The New Hampshire State House Bicentennial Commission, on behalf of the state of New Hampshire, was pleased to offer the 2017 N.H. State House Bicentennial Poster Contest to help celebrate the State House’s 200th anniversary. The contest’s theme was “The New Hampshire State House and its Meaning Today.”
Any child between the ages 5-21 who resided in New Hampshire and was a public, private or home school student in kindergarten through 12th grade was eligible to participate. Three posters from each age group – elementary, middle school and high school – in each region of the state advanced to the statewide competition, where a panel of judges chose first, second and third place winners.
Of the nearly 200 posters submitted to the competition, 23 are on exhibit.
The panel of judges at the statewide level included Senate Education Committee Chair John Regan, House Education Committee Chair Rick Ladd, Supreme Court Justice Gary Hicks, State Librarian Michael York and Department of Education Commissioner Frank Edelblut.
At a State House ceremony in June 2017, state level poster contest winners received a citation signed by the leaders of all three branches of New Hampshire government: Governor Sununu, Senate President Morse, House Speaker Jasper and Chief Justice Dalianis. Winners from both the regional and state levels received a participation certificate signed by the panel of judges.
New Hampshire’s State House is the oldest state house in the nation in which both houses of the legislature still occupy its original chambers. Dedicated in 1819, it is built of from granite quarried in Concord and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Several activities will be taking place through 2019 as part of its bicentennial celebration.
The New Hampshire State Library is located next to the State House, at 20 Park St. in Concord. It is open to the public Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. For more information, visit nh.gov/nhsl.