The historical society has become a model for how the business community can partner with schools to improve students’ educational experiences.”
— Exeter High School's Social Studies Department

For Students

Annual Nancy Carnegie Merrill History Award Contest
February - April

Every winter the Exeter Historical Society invites students in grades 6 to 12 to compete for the Nancy Carnegie Merrill History Award in honor of our esteemed former curator for her invaluable contributions to the preservation and interpretation of our local history.

Each year, students of the Cooperative Middle School, Exeter High School, Phillips Exeter Academy, and the greater Seacoast area are invited to enter by contacting faculty members in their social studies departments or the historical society directly for further information.

A panel of judges choose the essay entries from each division (Middle School and High School) that best meet the criteria of outstanding achievement in format, historical accuracy, originality and style. The winners of the essay contest each receive a $100 prize and the winning papers are read by the authors at our annual Youth Night awards ceremony in late April. The deadline for essay submission is in late March. More information about the essay contest, as well as the official cover sheet, will be posted each year in January.

Students interested in creating Exeter History Minute-like videos will be welcome to participate again next year. The best entries in the video category are shown at the Youth Night awards ceremony, and are promoted through the historical society's social media channels. (Please note that there is no monetary prize for entries in the video category.) While the essay contest is limited to one entrant per essay, the video may have multiple participants per submission. Past criteria for video submissions can be found here. The deadline for submitting a video is also in late March.

It is our hope that the Nancy Carnegie Merrill Award will foster an appreciation for our community and an interest in its past. The contest and Youth Night are generously sponsored by Service Credit Union.

For Teachers

School Group Visits

The Exeter Historical Society welcomes school children of all ages interested in an aspect of Exeter history. To the classroom teachers, we offer on-site programs at the Historical Society, outreach visits at your school, or a combination of the two catered to fit your particular needs. If desired, we will work with the teacher to customize a program to help meet specific educational standards. There is a minimal charge for some of these programs. Please inquire for pricing.

With remarkable success the commitment of EHS staff members and SAU 16 schools has engendered a collaboration that is focused on both the sharing of history and the development of a passion for understanding and appreciating the past. The students within [the district] are the true beneficiaries of the EHS efforts. The seeds of interest that they have planted — and continue to plant — will bear fruit that will be shared with future generations.”
— Michael Morgan, former SAU 16 Superintendent of Schools