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Name Laconia State School
Number of Archive records 4
Number of Object records 1
Number of Photo records 30
Details The Laconia State School, which opened in 1903 and closed in 1991, was located on the outskirts of the City of Laconia, New Hampshire. The school was the state's only residential institution for children and adults labeled "feebleminded." Many of the residents spent their entire lives isolated from their families and community, congregated and marginalized. New Hampshire was representative of a number of states that institutionalized people with disabilities. For years, experts felt that those with mental disabilities were better off living in large state run institutions, segregated from the larger society. (text by former employee Gordon Dubois- 2007)

Associated Records

Image of H2008.0191.0011 - Postcard

H2008.0191.0011 - Postcard

Colorized postcard of "Laconia, NH, State School for Feeble Minded Children." Depicts one of the brick buildings-- administration or a school. 3.5 story brick building with hip roof.

Image of H2012.0038.0011 - Booklet

H2012.0038.0011 - Booklet

Item is a booklet on the Sled Dog race in Laconia NH in February of 1956. The cover features a black and white image of a dog's head. It reads, "Laconia NH World and New England 100 Mile Sled Dog Champsionships, February 18-18-19, 1956; Belknap County Sportsmen's Association; Program 25c." Inside the race officials and committees and members are listed. See People file for names. Also inside are several black and white images of past races and prizes as well as information on the race and prizes. There is also the list of contestants and a grid for entering start and finish times. Contributors are listed and "Mushers' Queen Candidates" are listed with images. The booklet concludes

Image of L1990.0116.Q.0102 - Postcard

L1990.0116.Q.0102 - Postcard

This colored post card advertises the City Savings Bank, located on Main Street in Laconia, and a calendar, for the year 1965. On the front of the post card on top is a photograph of a model of the steamship, M.S. Mt. Washington. On the side of the model is lettering stating "Mt. Washington" .Below the picture of the model is printed : "Steamer Moiunt Washington- Built 1872 - Destroyed by fire 1939. Popular Lake Winnipesaukee, N.H. Steamship. Model built by K.E. Hinds, 1935" . Also printed on the front is "City Savings Bank, Laconia, New Hampshire, Member Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation." On the bottom front of the post card is a calendar for 1965. On the back of the post card is

Image of H2007.0008.0001 - Pin

H2007.0008.0001 - Pin

Resin coated round pin. White with black print reading "World Champioinship. Sled Dog Derby. Laconia, NH 8,9, 10, 1985. Keith Bryar. 3 Time World Champion." His photograph is depicted at center (wearing a fur-trimmed winter coat). Oval sticker at back "Produced by The Sheltered Workshop. Laconia State School & Training Center, Box 370, Laconia, NH 03246. (603) 524-5373 Ext. 389".

Image of H2007.0002.0018 - Print, Photographic

H2007.0002.0018 - Print, Photographic

Small black and white snapshot photograph of the Felkner building at the Laconia State School. Brick three-story building. Front entrance has porch with Greek revival style columns at front. Hip roof. Quoins at corners of building. Stone lintels. Sides lights around doorway. The door on the side is propped open. Something white is on the lawn. Stamped "1" in a series of 9.

Image of H2007.0002.0019 - Print, Photographic

H2007.0002.0019 - Print, Photographic

Small black and white snapshot photograph of the barns and shops at the Laconia State School, apparently taken from the back of a truck (seen in the foreground at right). At least seven buildings are depicted, all painted white. Most are 1 1/2 stories. One is 2 stories. At left is a long barn with cupola on roof. A fence surrounds the agricultural buildings. A stone wall is in the foreground and gas pump at back right. Stamped "2" in a series of 9.

Image of H2007.0002.0020 - Print, Photographic

H2007.0002.0020 - Print, Photographic

Small black and white snapshot photograph of Recreation Field, Keyes Dormitory, and the Schoolhouse at the Laconia State School. All brick buildings. Maintained lawn wiht flag pole in the foreground. A group of automobiles line the driveway. Ivy grows along the Spaulding Building (far left). The Spaulding Building has a Greek-style porch, flat roof, and stone lintils over the windows. The dorm has a two-story porch, hip roof and long lintils covering two windows each. The school has Greek-style porch and stone sashes under window frame. A small white-painted outbuilding, a fire hydrant and a swing set are depicted on the left side of the image. Children's artwork hangs in the uppe

Image of H2007.0002.0021 - Print, Photographic

H2007.0002.0021 - Print, Photographic

Small black and white snapshot photograph of the Laundry building and Quimby Dining Room at the Laconia State School. Both buildings are made of brick with flat roofs and ivy growing up the sides. A smoke stack is at right. The windows are open in the laundry. A utility pole leads electricity to the buildings. At center back is a horse. Three women in white dresses are seen walking towards the building at center. Stamped "4" in a series of 9.

Image of H2007.0002.0022 - Print, Photographic

H2007.0002.0022 - Print, Photographic

Small black and white snapshot photograph of McLane and Floyd Buildings at the Laconia State School. Both buildings are made of brick in a Greek-revival style with porches and hip roofs. A swing set with slide is to the right. And the Spaulding Building is in the far back. A group of approximately 10 children (all girls?) sit on the side of the building. Many look towards the camera, sheltering their eyes from the sun. A telescope (???) is on the lawn beside the slide. Stamped "5" in a series of 9.

Image of H2007.0002.0023 - Print, Photographic

H2007.0002.0023 - Print, Photographic

Small black and white snapshot photograph of McLane and Floyd Buildings at the Laconia State School. Both buildings are made of brick in a Greek-revival style with porches and hip roofs. A swing set and slide are on the lawn at front. Another administrative building is at far back (center) A group of approximately 12 children (all girls?) sit on the side of the McLane Building and one child is on the swings. A mattress hangs over the edge of the fire escape on the McLane Building, to air out. Stamped "6" in a series of 9.

Image of H2007.0002.0024 - Print, Photographic

H2007.0002.0024 - Print, Photographic

Small black and white snapshot photograph of Ahern Park on Lake Winnisquam in Laconia, NH. Trees line the edge of the water. A small one-story building is at center with beach. The building appears to be boarded up. A canoe is on the beach. Stamped "7" in a series of 9.

Image of H2007.0002.0025 - Print, Photographic

H2007.0002.0025 - Print, Photographic

Small black and white snapshot photograph of the Spaulding building covered in ivy at the Laconia State School Greek revival style porches with stone lintils and gable at front. Chairs can be seen along the porch. A chain-link fence is in the foreground. Stamped "8" in a series of 9.

Image of H2007.0002.0026 - Print, Photographic

H2007.0002.0026 - Print, Photographic

Small black and white snapshot photograph of the Office and Administration Building at the Laconia State School. Stamped "9" in a series of 9. Clapboarded 3-story building wiht front porch and manicured lawn. Trees line the foreground, covering the view of the building.

Image of H2012.0031.0001 - Print, Photographic

H2012.0031.0001 - Print, Photographic

Sepia toned image of a large 2.5 story farmhouse with a central dormer and gable roof. There is also a front portico, wrap-around porch, and side deck. In front is a dirt road. In the background are other buildings. Building was used as the Superintendents's Home and Administrative Offices in the 1920s.

Image of H2012.0031.0002 - Print, Photographic

H2012.0031.0002 - Print, Photographic

Sepia toned image of a large 2+ story brick building with a hipped roof and front portico with brick columns. Building was used as the McLane Dormatory.

Image of H2012.0031.0003 - Print, Photographic

H2012.0031.0003 - Print, Photographic

Sepia toned image of a large 2+ story brick building with a hipped roof and front portico with brick columns. Building was used as the McLane Dormatory.

Image of H2012.0031.0004 - Print, Photographic

H2012.0031.0004 - Print, Photographic

Sepia toned image of a large 2.5 story farmhouse with a central dormer and gable roof. There is also a front portico, wrap-around porch, and side deck. In front is a dirt road. In the background are other buildings. Building was used as the Superintendents's Home and Administrative Offices in the 1920s.

Image of H2012.0031.0005 - Print, Photographic

H2012.0031.0005 - Print, Photographic

Sepia toned side view image of a large 2+ story brick building with a hipped roof and front portico. The building has a rear ell under construction. Building was part of the Laconia State School campus.

Image of H2012.0031.0006 - Print, Photographic

H2012.0031.0006 - Print, Photographic

Sepia toned view of an adult woman who appears to be a teacher or caretaker with 17 girls of varying ages. They all sit and stand outside of a 2+ story brick building. Building was part of the Laconia State School campus.

Image of H2012.0031.0007 - Print, Photographic

H2012.0031.0007 - Print, Photographic

Sepia toned view of about 19 boys of varying ages sitting in a grassy area in front of a stone wall. In the background is a 2+ story brick building. Building was part of the Laconia State School campus.