Module 1: Welcome, About NHGSA & NH State House

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Welcome, NHGSA History, Getting to Know You, How GSAs Look at NH, NH State House History
Homework – worksheet on NH Firsts


We are over 1800 strong since 1996. Our professional GSA certification program not only leaves our graduates with our “Its Always Sunny in New Hampshire” attitude, it gives our volunteers and industry friends a broad overview of the state’s industries and its recreational resources with presentations from over 20 speakers from around New Hampshire.

Our professional GSA volunteers collectively serve an average of 20,000 hours and passionately assist well over 100,000 guests to our state each year at over 20 visitor information centers and 20 special events. They are true New Hampshire Information Specialists.

Mission: The Granite State Ambassadors program is dedicated to meeting and exceeding the informational needs of guests and residents of the State of New Hampshire through in-depth training and active participation of our certified Ambassadors.

Our Core Values: We believe in volunteerism, participation, and cooperation.We believe in training and demonstrating the essence of NH Hospitality.We believe that the following two themes define this “essence”:

            Citizen Responsibility: A belief that individual citizens can and will take responsibility for our future.

            Living Landscape: A strong attachment to the environment of the state, including both its natural resources and its built environments.

In short, we believe that New Hampshire will only be a good place to visit if it continues to be a good place to live. Visitors will come only if we work proactively to retain our scenic open spaces, rich historic and cultural attractions, and livable communities, as well as the social structure that values individuals and permits them regular opportunities to pitch in and make a difference.


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  1. NHGSA History: What year did founder Judi Window say “I can do that?”
  2. How GSAs Look at NH: What is the best souvenir a Granite State Ambassador can give a guest?
  3. NH State House History: Why does New Hampshire have a gold dome?

Download: Getting to Know You – Hats worksheet (pdf)

NH State House Visitor Center |Website | Brief History of NH | 2020 State House Video Tour | C-Span Tour of State House | NH State House Dome Restoration
presented by Virginia Drew, Director Email:

(1) NH Firsts Information Sheet |  (2) Quiz

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View the 2019-20 (most recent) GSA Yearbook.

View the 2018-2019 (typical year) GSA Yearbook.