Historical Society adds Hannah Dustin, Passaconaway bobbleheads

Concord, New Hampshire (AP) 7-08

Hannah Duston, who may be the first woman honored in the United States with a statue, now has another claim to fame.

The New Hampshire Historical Society has added her to its line of historical bobbleheads. Another colonial figure, the legendary Chief Passaconaway, also joins the line of figurines.

In 1697, Hannah Duston and 14 others were captured by Abenaki Indians in Haverhill, Massachusetts, and brought to an island in the Merrimack River in Concord. Duston and several others escaped when she killed her captors. Monuments were erected to her in Haverhill and on the island.

Chief Passaconaway was a friend to English settlers and one of the key figures in New Hampshire’s colonial history. He formed the Penacook Confederacy, more than a dozen tribes in New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Maine.

The Historical Society sells the bobbleheads as a fundraiser.

On the web: www.nhhistory.org.