Cruising New Hampshire's History

The Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests and Michael Bruno will lead an exploration of the history of New Hampshire’s past that can be seen while traveling on NH’s highways, “Cruising NH History.” New Hampshire history is uniquely on display along the highways of the Granite State. The New Hampshire roadside historical markers commemorate significant events and individuals from the first settlers arriving in 1623 to notable individuals who helped define what New Hampshire is today. New Hampshire also played a major role in the birth of our nation. From Revolutionary battlefields to individuals of political influence, the Granite State has made an indelible mark on history. This program explores the 255 New Hampshire historical markers that dot the state highways and roads. Each marker listed in Bruno’s book “Cruising NH History” is described with its location (to include GPS coordinates), date installed, marker inscription, and expanded historical references of this event/individual. Information may also be provided about other points of interest in the vicinity of the historical marker. Bruno wrote and sponsored an historical marker commemorating Frances Glessner Lee, who made significant contributions to the study of forensics.

Michael Bruno was born and raised in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire. After serving in the U.S. Army for more than 23 years he returned to New Hampshire in 2009. Bruno has been a JROTC Army Instructor at White Mountains Regional High School in Whitefield since his military retirement. He attained an Educational Specialist (Ed. S) degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA. Michael resides in the historic mountain community of Bethlehem where he is actively involved in town government. Bruno is also a certified New Hampshire Granite State Ambassador.

The free program is open to the public and is part of the annual winter Bretzfelder Park Family Educational Series. It will begin at 7 p.m. at Bretzfelder Park. Pre-registration is not required.

Owned by the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, Bretzfelder Park is managed in cooperation with the town of Bethlehem. The Park, bequeathed to the Forest Society in 1984 by Helen Bretzfelder in memory of her father, Charles, houses an indoor classroom, restrooms, educational trails, a pond, and several picnic sites. Two series of educational programs are held there each year, in February and August. For more information and a calendar of events please visit, email us at, or call 603-444-6228. The Rocks is the North Country Conservation & Education Center of the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests.

Bretzfelder Park

Prospect Street
BethlehemNH 03574