Laconia Historical and Museum Society
The Laconia Historical and Museum Society is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to collecting, preserving, and interpreting the history and culture of the City of Laconia, New Hampshire. Founded originally as the Laconia Historical Society in 1951, the organization was restructured in 1980 as a New Hampshire Voluntary Charitable Organization. In 1994, a second group, known as the Laconia Museum Society was incorporated in the city. The two organizations merged in 1998 and the surviving entity was named the Laconia Historical and Museum Society (LHMS).
The Society's offices are houses in the Laconia Public Library, in the heart of downtown Laconia. LHMS conducts monthly programs, circulates a quarterly newsletter, and runs multiple programs on a widely watched local cable-access television station. Changing exhibitions in the library interpret both local history and American cultural themes to more than 137,000 patrons annually. Special events accompany all exhibitions.