New Hampshire's state flag consists
of the state seal centered on a blue background. The seal is
surrounded by an alternating mix of laurel leaves and stars.
The nine stars represent that New Hampshire was the ninth
state to join the union.
MOTTO: "Live Free or Die"
ENTERED UNION: June 21, 1788
FLAG ADOPTED: 1909
COMMENTS: In 1931 a precisely-defined description
of the seal was added to legislation to eliminate
flag-manufacturer artistic variations.
Not a popular design for a flag, the
New Hampshire state flag's design was ranked as one of the
ten worst flags within the United States, its U.S.
territories, and the Canadian provinces during a 2001 survey
of members of the North American Vexillological Association.
Several elected official have suggested replacing the state
seal in the center of the flag, but no official action has
been taken on the proposals.
State Flag, New
- In 1963 New Hampshire became the
first U.S. state to adopt a legal lottery in the 20th
century. Since it started, the lottery has raised more
than a billion dollars to aid education.
- New Hampshire was named by
Captain John Mason after his home county of Hampshire in
- The famous naturally carved
granite profile known as
The Old Man of the Mountain in Franconia Notch State
Park was destroyed by a rock slide in 2003. For
centuries it served as a rugged symbol of the state.
- The first strike organized by
women workers in the United States occurred in December
1828. Several hundred workers walked out of the Dover
Cotton Factory to protest new management policies that
forbid them to talk on the job, reduced wages from 58
cents a day to 53 cents a day, and docked them a fourth
of a day's wage if they arrived after the morning bell
- The first public library in the
United States was founded in 1833 in Peterborough, New
- The first private citizen in
space was Christa McAuliffe, a school teacher from
Concord, New Hampshire. After her death in the
Challenger Space Shuttle disaster in 1986, a
planetarium/discovery center was built in her honor