The National Heritage Center was instituted in 1997 under the name The New Hampshire Center for Constitutional Studies (NHCCS)  as an educational, non-profit, non-political organization. NHCCS is administered by a totally volunteer Executive Board and advisory staff whose  primary purpose is: "to teach the principles of liberty and union in the tradition of the Founding Fathers."  NHCCS is a 501-C(3) organization; it has no employees and no paid staff.  NHCCS accepts no government funding.

We strive to make each of our events and seminars an educational, yet entertaining experience for those attending NHCCS events.  We also strive to use primary source materials in our teachings, for example: the writings of the Founding Fathers, the Federalist Papers, The Articles of Confederation (and Perpetual Union) to include those which comprise American organic law; namely:  The Declaration of Independence, The Northwest Ordinance, The Constitution and The American Bill of Rights.

Our speakers and training materials are thoughtfully chosen and well grounded in primary source documents. We adhere to strict construction of the U.S. Constitution:

What do we mean by the term "strict construction?"  Our Founding Fathers explain  it best:

  "As a guide in expounding and applying the provisions of the Constitution, the debates and incidental decisions of the Convention can have no authoritative character. However desirable it be that they should be preserved as a gratification to the laudable curiosity felt by every people to trace the origin and progress of their political Institutions, & as a source perhaps of some lights on the Science of Govt. the legitimate meaning of the Instrument must be derived from the text itself; or if a key is to be sought elsewhere, it must be not in the opinions or intentions of the Body which planned & proposed the Constitution, but in the sense attached to it by the people in their respective State Conventions where it recd. all the authority which it possesses." _James Madison

 "Our peculiar security is in the possession of a written Constitution. Let us not make it a blank paper by construction." --Thomas Jefferson to Wilson Nicholas, 1803.

Thus: "On every question of construction carry ourselves back to the time when the Constitution was adopted, recollect the spirit manifested in the debates and instead of trying what meaning may be squeezed out of the text or invented against it, conform to the probable one in which it was passed." --Thomas Jefferson to William Johnson, 1823.

Board of Directors



Dianne Gilbert - Chairman
Patricia Sutliffe - Finance Chairman
Hal Shurtleff - Senior Advisor - Massachusetts
Adrienne Rice - Senior Advisor - Connecticut

Honorary Board Members



Reverend George Moore Historic Re-enactor
Dr. Paul Jehle Constitutional Consultant
Pastor Garrett Lear Pastoral Liaison
Paul Spidle Program Chairman
Hon. Harriet Cady  Advisor - New Hampshire
Dr. Adrian Krieg Advisor - Florida
John Irish Advisor - New Hampshire
Hon. Dan Itse Advisor - New Hampshire
Arline Helms Advisor - Michigan
Susanna Polidura Advisor - New Hampshire
Leo Sullivan Advisor - Massachusetts
Roy Shoults Sr. Advisor - New Hampshire
Kathleen LaBonte LoFaro Advisor - New Hampshire

PO Box  906
Raymond, NH 03077