The Old Man:
Pearls before Primates:
The real argument against aristocracy is that it always means the rule of the ignorant. For the most dangerous of all forms of ignorance is ignorance of work.
-G. K. Chesterton
Serving the Community since 1903
Pollyanna of Littleton, New Hampshire
Glad to be in Littleton!
A Welcome Wave. Arms flung wide.
Pollyanna of Littleton -
New Hampshire's most welcoming attraction
is the centerpiece of historic downtown as an ambassador of cheer and community spirit for residents and visitors alike. Today, visitors and passers-by make it a point to return her "welcome wave". Admirers come not only to take a keepsake photo, but to rub Pollyanna's bronze hightop shoe for luck and gladness. Pollyanna can be the start to over 25 points of interest and other delights along Main Street.
Littleton's jubilant bronze sculpture tributes hometown author, Eleanor H. Porter (1868 – 1920) best remembered as the creator of the world's most optimistic character, Pollyanna, 1913.
Eleanor Hodgman Porter’s early residence was in Littleton, and not so far from the Library front lawn…where fittingly Pollyanna, Littleton’s sculpture presides in an artistic and symbolic place “welcoming residents and visitors.” Read more about Eleanor Hodgman Porter....
POLLYANNA GLAD DAY IS JUNE 10, 2017
Celebrating the 15th Anniversary of the Historic Unveiling!
The iconic Pollyanna sculpture was unveiled in 2002.
Join the celebration at this free annual event in Downtown Littleton celebrating Gladness.
Official Pollyanna Glad Days are held annually in June!
Glad Day Wave
Each year one local citizen is awarded the "Pollyanna Signature Award".
Pollyanna Signature Award Honorees from left to right: Brien Ward, 2010; Jim McIntosh, 2007; Dick Hamilton, 2009; Emile Birch, 2008; Donna Jordan, 2004; Deb Warner, 2011; Dave Ernsberger, 2012 (other recipients include: Jason Hoch, 2006; Jack and Ruth Colby, 2005; Fran Heald, 2003)
View more about the honorees here....
Pollyanna in the News
Pollyanna of Littleton was featured on the Cover of NH To Do Magazine in April, 2013
Pollyanna in the Community
Red Hat Ladies: 2016
Pollyanna Gateway opening ceremony August 2014
Dave Ernsberger addresses the crowd at The Pollyanna Gateway opening ceremony
A group of students from France visiting Littleton, NH.
Glad Day 2011
Littleton Parade 2011
Summerfest Parade 2009
Summerfest Parade 2009
Summerfest Parade 2006
2005 Littleton Parade
Historic Society Presentation at the Historic Littleton Community House June 14, 2006
Pollyanna of Littleton New Hampshire, Inc.
The official nonprofit organization of the bronze Pollyanna sculpture promotes, preserves, and enhances the literary legacy of Eleanor H. Porter and oversees the use and care of Pollyanna of Littleton as a public attraction, cultural asset, resource and positive inspiration for the community and others.
Pollyanna of Littleton, New Hampshire was initiated through Littleton Main Street, Inc. and a grant from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts. Partnering grew to include the commission and generosity of The Eames Family, who engaged the fulfillment of the sculputure by New Hampshire artist, Emile Birch (pictured right with his wife, Cynthia); with the significant interest of the Littleton Public Library, Littleton Main Street, Inc., the Town of Littleton, Littleton Area Chamber of Commerce, Littleton Area Historical Society and many supportive community friends and officials. Pollyanna of Littleton New Hampshire, Inc. was established in 2002 by The Eames Family as a non-profit organization. Hats off to all our many Pollyanna supporters and so many who continue to show their enthusiam for this project.
Many visitors rub Pollyanna's boot for Good Luck!
Contact Pollyanna of Littleton New Hampshire, Inc.
of Littleton New Hampshire, Inc.
P.O. Box 864
15 Main Street
Littleton, NH 03561
Pollyanna Visitors say...
NH Magazine, 2004
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View from Kilburn Crags
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Giant oak trees started out as little nuts that held their ground.