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The New Hampshire Political Library is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization working to preserve New Hampshire’s political traditions and encourage civic engagement in the democratic process.  Founded in 1997 by Governor Hugh Gregg and Secretary of State Bill Gardner, the Political Library has been developing and maintaining a library collection and archives regarding the New Hampshire presidential primary for over a decade.  The Political Library has also been building a series of programs and events that bring presidential candidates to the voters and increase engagement in the primary process. 

The Political Library’s Board of Directors and staff advocate for the first-in-the-nation presidential primary by working with national and international journalists, researchers, students, candidates, and the politically engaged.  During the 2004 New Hampshire primary, the Political Library fielded media requests on a daily basis.  The organization’s website had 1.2 million visitors during the month of the last primary, January 2004. 

In addition to the New Hampshire primary, the Political Library also affiliated with and is now administering Kids Voting New Hampshire.  All of these programs are focused on building interest and engagement in New Hampshire’s rich political history and the important role the Granite State plays in national presidential and political history.