By Julie Huss
---- — DERRY — Town historian Richard Holmes is now open for business.
Holmes now has an office on the first floor of the municipal center.
His new space will give him a chance to meet people and do the work of the town’s past in a more optimal location.
In his first day in his new office last week, Holmes said he was looking forward to having an office to call his own.
“I’m very happy here,” he said. “I’m thrilled they gave me this spot.”
Holmes said he thinks he is the first town historian in the state to have his own office right in the town’s center.
“This will give me access to the town’s materials,” he said.
It also won’t cost the town anything as he works for free.
Holmes was officially named the town’s to history expert in February. The Town Council made the unpaid appointment official.
He had previously served as head of the Heritage Commission and curator of the Derry History Museum before stepping down from both roles.
He is also an accomplished speaker, author of countless books on local history and is a trustee of the Robert Frost Farm.
With his new space he welcomes anyone wishing to find out more about the town’s history to stop by.
“I will be able to help most people or I can tell them where they need to go for services,” he said.
Holmes will be in his office on Mondays from 8 a.m. to noon and Wednesdays from 4 to 7 p.m.
He invites anyone with a history question, a need for information or just a desire to chat to stop by.
“They can just drop by to talk or with things they want to give me,” he said. “I can be there to make history accessible to all town people.”