As New Hampshire celebrates the 100th anniversary of its first-in-the-nation Presidential Primary, Saint Anselm College marks 50 years of recognition as the nearly-mandatory campaign stop of aspirants for the country's highest office. With campus as an important backdrop, presidential candidates appear at the college's New Hampshire Institute of Politics & Political Library (NHIOP) to present themselves and appeal to voters.
The New Hampshire Institute of Politics & Political Library was founded on the premise that an educated citizenry is vital for a healthy democracy. Since its doors opened in 2001, the Institute has provided a nonpartisan forum for discussion and debate on all aspects of the American political process. Its mission is to educate, engage and empower citizens to participate in the civic and political life of their local, national and global communities.
The Institute offers unparalleled opportunities to be in the front row of a democratic process that impacts the world. Tune in to any political news or talk show or pick up the day's Wall Street Journal or New York Times, and you encounter individuals who have appeared at the Institute. State representatives, U.S. senators, primary candidates, and campaigners are regular visitors, especially during an election cycle. Here, citizens hear major policy speeches, high-level candidate endorsements, and interviews with global leaders. They hear experts on issues such as the environment, health care, civil rights, the economy, international affairs-all critical to decisions that have an impact on our lives. Nowhere else in northern New England are there so many opportunities to meet today's most prominent thinkers.
Located on the campus of Saint Anselm College, the Institute is housed in a 20,000-square-foot facility that contains an auditorium, television studio, research center, classrooms, seminar rooms, academic offices, a computer lab, and the Common Ground Café. The facility is regularly used by community organizations such as the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, AARP New Hampshire, American Legion, political groups, and high schools. In 2010, the New Hampshire Political Library relocated to the Institute, merging two of New Hampshire's great political organizations. A number of the Political Library's board members joined the Institute's board. They continue to carry on the mission and traditions of the library that was founded by Gov. Judd Gregg and Secretary of State William Gardner to provide programming and exhibits associated with New Hampshire's first-in-the-nation presidential primary.
The work of the New Hampshire Institute of Politics & Political Library is made possible in part by an award from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), U.S. Department of Commerce.