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PHOTOS: Gov. Hassan welcomes visitors to the State House

  • Gov. Maggie Hassan holds Abbie Vlacich, 3, while she and her husband, Thomas, chat with Abbie's sister Katie, 7, in the receiving line during the Open House at the State House on January 3, 2012. The governor and first gentleman stood in the Executive Council chambers to pose with visitors for photos. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Gov. Maggie Hassan holds Abbie Vlacich, 3, while she and her husband, Thomas, chat with Abbie's sister Katie, 7, in the receiving line during the Open House at the State House on January 3, 2012. The governor and first gentleman stood in the Executive Council chambers to pose with visitors for photos.

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  • Kathy Goldberg of Bedford holds up her son Logan, 7, so that he can sign the guest book in the Executive Council chambers during the Open House at the State House on January 3, 2012.  The event was a part of the inauguration of Gov. Maggie Hassan and offered music in a couple of  State House rooms, as well as activities for children such as art, a robotics exhibit  and storytelling.  <br/><br/><br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Kathy Goldberg of Bedford holds up her son Logan, 7, so that he can sign the guest book in the Executive Council chambers during the Open House at the State House on January 3, 2012. The event was a part of the inauguration of Gov. Maggie Hassan and offered music in a couple of State House rooms, as well as activities for children such as art, a robotics exhibit and storytelling.



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  • The guest book at the Open House at the State House on January 3, 2012. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    The guest book at the Open House at the State House on January 3, 2012.

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  • Gov. Maggie Hassan hugs Tess Smith after walking in to the Executive Council chambers to meet with visitors and stand for photos. Open House at the State House on January 3, 2012. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Gov. Maggie Hassan hugs Tess Smith after walking in to the Executive Council chambers to meet with visitors and stand for photos. Open House at the State House on January 3, 2012.

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  • Caroline Blaisdell, 18 months, stands with her mother, Molly, in the basement of the State House while visiting during the Open House on January 3, 2012. Blaisdell and her siblings all wore shirts in support of Gov. Maggie Hassan. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Caroline Blaisdell, 18 months, stands with her mother, Molly, in the basement of the State House while visiting during the Open House on January 3, 2012. Blaisdell and her siblings all wore shirts in support of Gov. Maggie Hassan.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff) Purchase photo reprints at PhotoExtra »

  • James Blaisdell, 5, focuses on what to write on his contribution to a collective piece of art coordinated by Exeter artist Rose Bryant  during the Open House at the State House on January 3, 2012. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    James Blaisdell, 5, focuses on what to write on his contribution to a collective piece of art coordinated by Exeter artist Rose Bryant during the Open House at the State House on January 3, 2012.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff) Purchase photo reprints at PhotoExtra »

  • The line to meet and be photographed with the governor wound its way around the second floor during the Open House at the State House on January 3, 2012. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    The line to meet and be photographed with the governor wound its way around the second floor during the Open House at the State House on January 3, 2012.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff) Purchase photo reprints at PhotoExtra »

  • Abbie Vlacich, 3, listens to Liz Purdy as her turn to meet and greet Gov. Maggie Hassan approaches during the Open House at the State House on January 3, 2012. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Abbie Vlacich, 3, listens to Liz Purdy as her turn to meet and greet Gov. Maggie Hassan approaches during the Open House at the State House on January 3, 2012.

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  • Councilor Debora Pignatelli and her grandson Ethan, 15 months, dance together while listening to the Concord Community School's players during the Open House at the State House on January 3, 2012. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Councilor Debora Pignatelli and her grandson Ethan, 15 months, dance together while listening to the Concord Community School's players during the Open House at the State House on January 3, 2012.

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  • Lia Chapin, 4, looks over at her brothers Merrick (center), 6, and Sam (left), 2, while clapping along to the music playing below at Representatives Hall during the Open House at the State House on January 3, 2012. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Lia Chapin, 4, looks over at her brothers Merrick (center), 6, and Sam (left), 2, while clapping along to the music playing below at Representatives Hall during the Open House at the State House on January 3, 2012.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff) Purchase photo reprints at PhotoExtra »

  • The Phillips Exeter Academy Jazz Trio plays in Representatives Hall to an audience in the balcony during the Open House at the State House on January 3, 2012. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    The Phillips Exeter Academy Jazz Trio plays in Representatives Hall to an audience in the balcony during the Open House at the State House on January 3, 2012.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff) Purchase photo reprints at PhotoExtra »

  • Governor Maggie Hassan hugs Tess Smith after walking in to the Executive Council chambers to meet with visitors and stand for photos. Open House at the State House on January 3, 2012. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Governor Maggie Hassan hugs Tess Smith after walking in to the Executive Council chambers to meet with visitors and stand for photos. Open House at the State House on January 3, 2012.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff) Purchase photo reprints at PhotoExtra »

  • Gov. Maggie Hassan holds Abbie Vlacich, 3, while she and her husband, Thomas, chat with Abbie's sister Katie, 7, in the receiving line during the Open House at the State House on January 3, 2012. The governor and first gentleman stood in the Executive Council chambers to pose with visitors for photos. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • Kathy Goldberg of Bedford holds up her son Logan, 7, so that he can sign the guest book in the Executive Council chambers during the Open House at the State House on January 3, 2012.  The event was a part of the inauguration of Gov. Maggie Hassan and offered music in a couple of  State House rooms, as well as activities for children such as art, a robotics exhibit  and storytelling.  <br/><br/><br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • The guest book at the Open House at the State House on January 3, 2012. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • Gov. Maggie Hassan hugs Tess Smith after walking in to the Executive Council chambers to meet with visitors and stand for photos. Open House at the State House on January 3, 2012. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • Caroline Blaisdell, 18 months, stands with her mother, Molly, in the basement of the State House while visiting during the Open House on January 3, 2012. Blaisdell and her siblings all wore shirts in support of Gov. Maggie Hassan. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • James Blaisdell, 5, focuses on what to write on his contribution to a collective piece of art coordinated by Exeter artist Rose Bryant  during the Open House at the State House on January 3, 2012. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • The line to meet and be photographed with the governor wound its way around the second floor during the Open House at the State House on January 3, 2012. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • Abbie Vlacich, 3, listens to Liz Purdy as her turn to meet and greet Gov. Maggie Hassan approaches during the Open House at the State House on January 3, 2012. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • Councilor Debora Pignatelli and her grandson Ethan, 15 months, dance together while listening to the Concord Community School's players during the Open House at the State House on January 3, 2012. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • Lia Chapin, 4, looks over at her brothers Merrick (center), 6, and Sam (left), 2, while clapping along to the music playing below at Representatives Hall during the Open House at the State House on January 3, 2012. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • The Phillips Exeter Academy Jazz Trio plays in Representatives Hall to an audience in the balcony during the Open House at the State House on January 3, 2012. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • Governor Maggie Hassan hugs Tess Smith after walking in to the Executive Council chambers to meet with visitors and stand for photos. Open House at the State House on January 3, 2012. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

Following a day of ceremony marked by the inauguration of Gov. Maggie Hassan, the State House spent the evening with doors open for visitors. The Senate, House and Executive Council chambers were repurposed as venues for art, music and family activities, such as storytelling by local authors and a robotics exhibition.

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