Tuck's Gift

This is a tale about architecture, art, public service, ambition, and achieving a noble goal, thought to be unattainable.

The story of the New Hampshire Historical Society’s landmark headquarters building and its benefactor Edward Tuck is one of New Hampshire’s most dramatic tales. Transatlantic voyages, labor discord, disputes among the principals, a near bankruptcy, and an untimely death marked the construction of New Hampshire’s Temple of History.

Inextricably linked with the story of this structure are the individuals responsible for its creation more than 100 years ago. Their backgrounds and circumstances varied widely, but all shared the conviction that history’s rightful place is at the center of our civic life. The grandeur of the building has been ever since a fitting symbol of the place and power of history in shaping New Hampshire’s identity.

Accompanied by extensive archival photographs and material, the film includes author and filmmaker Dayton Duncan, Dartmouth history professor emeritus Jere Daniell, and former U.S. Supreme Court Justice David Souter discussing the role of history in our lives.

A Co-Production of New Hampshire Historical Society & New Hampshire Public Television

Tuck's Gift was made possible by: Merrimack County Savings Bank, New Hampshire Humanities Council

With additional funding provided by: McIninch Foundation • Rath, Young & Pignatelli, P.C. New Hampshire Antiques Dealers Association • Swenson Granite Company • Unitil • Capital Offset Company • Gertrude Couch Trust • H.L. Turner Group • Ann DeNicola Trust


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