UPDATE: See a comment at the end of the story saying the name is a coincidence.
The New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources has launched a new online tool for historic records research called Enhanced Mapping and Management Information Tool or EMMIT.
It provides more than 16,000 documents on file at the NHDHR related to the state’s historic and archaeological resources, available as downloadable PDFs. They include National Register and State Register of Historic Places nominations, historic districts, individual inventory surveys, project area forms and more. Archaeological site forms and survey reports are also available, but with limited access due to the sensitive nature of archaeological sites.
Neat stuff – but I wonder if there’s a subtle town-and-gown joke hidden in that name. This question arose because of this tweet from Roger Carroll, a long-time New Hampshire journalist who is now managing editor of the Laconia Daily Sun,
Several Dartmouth grads substantiated this via twitter, saying that the term “Emmit” was (still is? I’m not sure) used both to refer to locals as well as Dartmouth students who come from New Hampshire. They said Granite Staters at Dartmouth sometimes adopt it as a sort of reverse badge of honor and the question is whether some Upper Valley locals or Dartmouth grads in the state Division of Historical Resources did the same thing with this acronym.
New Hampshire has a complex relationship with Dartmouth College. We’re proud of it and glad that it’s here, of course, but there’s some resentment from the impression that Dartmouth thinks it exists in a separate, superior world. This is the classic “town and gown” separation which exists around most colleges, exacerbated by Dartmouth’s Ivy League status.
Having said all that, I would guess that the EMMIT name is a coincidence. But it’s fun to think about.