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The NHIOP and Political Library Opens the Bridges House Exhibit

December 08, 2011

Barbara LeBlanc
College Communications and Marketing
603-641-7240

Portrait of Styles Bridges by Louis DeValentin

Note: The New Hampshire Institute of Politics & Political Library at Saint Anselm College is closed 12/26 - 12/30, it will reopen 1/2/12.

The New Hampshire Institute of Politics & Political Library at Saint Anselm College has opened The Bridges House Exhibit, which will run through April 30. The exhibit features historical items on loan from the Bridges House Historical Collection and first families of the State of New Hampshire.

The exhibit is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday, and is free and open to the public. Arranged in cooperation with New Hampshire's first lady, Dr. Susan Lynch, it represents the first time many of the artifacts are on display. They include antique furniture, silver, china, books, paintings and photographs owned by the Bridges family and subsequent governors.

H. Styles Bridges was one of New Hampshire's most powerful and prominent political figures. He served as governor of New Hampshire from 1935 to 1937, and as a United States senator from 1937 until he died in 1961.

He and his wife bequeathed their 1869 Greek Revival style home in Concord, along with its furnishings, to the state following Mrs. Bridges death in 1969. The bequest specified that the Bridges House be identified as the official residence of the governor.

The first families initiated a capital campaign for renovation of the Bridges House in 2005, with the intention of improving its functionality and opening it to the pubic for visitors and tours. The renovation project is expected to be finished by the end of 2012.

Photo by Audrey Frenette '12