Welcome to the Francis Parnell Murphy Museum and Historical Archive

We’re in the process of building out a consolidated historical digital archive that shares the story, history, contributions and legacy of one of New Hampshire most fascinating self-made men. From a poor, barefoot upbringing in Winchester, New Hampshire…to shoe magnate, multi-millionaire and philanthropist…you’ll discover his road to the state house and lasting legacy.

~ HISTORY RECONSTRUCTED ~

From Barefoot Boy to Self Made Visionary

This museum and historical archive is dedicated to telling the story of 2 term New Hampshire Governor Francis P. Murphy, founder of WMUR-TV, and co-founder of the McElwain shoe empire and Thom McAn shoes.

Follow us as we approach the launch of our website and more exciting developments!

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