Pollyanna of Littleton, New Hampshire

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Pollyanna of Littleton New Hampshire Welcomes AllA 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.

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....

Smiling With Pollyanna

NH Magazine found some gladness in Littleton.
Read "How a statue helps people feel glad in Littleton" by Susanna Hargreaves

Pollyanna in springtime

Share Your Gladness

  • Take A Selfie Near the Pollyanna Sculpture in downtown Littleton and share it online with #pollyanna
  • Sign up for the GoLittleton Glad Club and receive random greetings from Glad Town!
  • Shop the Glad Shop Online or visit the Glad Shop at 91 Main Street, Littleton, NH.
  • Email what you are glad about to Pollyanna or send a postcard with your glad greetings to:
    GoLittleton Glad Shop
    91 Main Street
    Littleton, NH 03561
    Email: pollyanna@GoLittleton.com

2024 Glad Day Highlights

View highlights from 2023

2022 Glad Day

June 11, 2022 was the 20th anniversary of the unveiling of the Pollyanna Sculpture! We celebrated and took the annual group photo of Proud Pollyannas!

2021 Glad Day

Saturday, June 12, was the 19th Annual Pollyanna of Littleton New Hampshire Recognition Day and celebratory gladness was found all along Main Street. It was a beautiful sunny day with many cheerful visitors from around the country glad to be out celebrating the start of Summer.

Pollyanna 2019 group wavePollyanna of Littleton New Hampshire Glad Day 2019!

pollyanna group wave
The 2018 Pollyanna Group Wave

Annual Pollyanna Glad Day Wave

Annual Pollyanna Glad Day Wave

Karen Keazerian
Karen Keazerian addresses the crowd in 2019

Flower Girls

Pollyanna in the News

Amazing Festivals (Hundreds of Hometown Celebrations)
Pollyanna of Littleton Glad Day is featured in "Amazing Festivals in 100 Hometown Celebrations"

Pollyanna in the Community

glad tour group
This tour group from Insight Vacations stopped by today and were glad to be in Littleton!

Red Hat Ladies
Red Hat Ladies: 2016

Pollyanna Gateway
Pollyanna Gateway opening ceremony August 2014

Dave Ernsberger
Dave Ernsberger addresses the crowd at The Pollyanna Gateway opening ceremony

student group
A group of students from France visiting Littleton, NH.

glad day group
Glad Day 2011

Littleton Parade 2011

2011 Glad day

Summerfest Parade 2009
Summerfest Parade 2009

Summerfest Parade 2009
Summerfest Parade 2009

2006 parade
Summerfest Parade 2006

2005 parade
2005 Littleton Parade

historic society
Historic Society Presentation at the Historic Littleton Community House June 14, 2006

emile birchPollyanna 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 and many supportive community friends and officials. Hats off to all the many Pollyanna supporters and so many who continue to show their enthusiam for this project.

Pollyanna's boot
Many visitors rub Pollyanna's boot for Good Luck!

Emile BirchIn Memoriam: Emile Birch

Emile Birch, New Hampshire sculptor and educator, created the Pollyanna statue for Littleton, NH in 2002.

Emile Birch Obituary at legacy.com

Pollyanna of Littleton New HampshirePollyanna of Littleton New Hampshire, Inc.
91 Main Street
Littleton, NH 03561

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