Statewide Preservation Conference

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Statewide Preservation Conference


Friday, March 22, 2013

Co-sponsored and held at

Plymouth State University, Plymouth, NH


Historic Buildings for the Next Century:

Preservation's Role in Building a Sustainable Future

Thanks to all the community leaders, preservation advocates, contractors, students and others who gathered at Plymouth State University for the Alliance’s biennial statewide conference on March 22.
Hotlinks to PowerPoints are listed under session descriptions.



8:30     HERITAGE COMMONS (Samuel Read Hall)
Registration and Coffee
Welcome and Opening Remarks: Jennifer Goodman, NH Preservation Alliance; Thad Guldbrandsen, Plymouth State University; Sen. Jeanie Forrester. Tribute to Rick and Duffy Monahon



Plenary Session:TED Comes to Preservation”
Short talks on big subjects inspire us to understand how preservation relates to changing trends in history, agriculture, the arts, and conservation. How are ideas about “local,” “sustainable,” “creative” and “self-sufficient” practices transforming our economy and challenging us to create new models for the 21st century? Learn where we’ve been and where we’re headedfrom a distinguished panel: R. Stuart Wallace, NHTI; Lorraine S. Merrill, NH Department of Agriculture, Markets and Food; Dijit Taylor, LCHIP; and Van McLeod, NH Department of Cultural Resources. Moderated by Linda Ray Wilson. 



Remarks by Governor Maggie Hassan and Alex Ray, owner/founder of the Common Man FamilyCoffee break 


11:00-12:15 First Breakout Session


1A. Preservation and Community Planning: Effective Strategies for Local Action
How do you know what your historic resources are? What can you do to better preserve and protect these resources to avoid crisis when threats arise?   Learn the basics of NH architectural survey, get an overview of the preservation planning “toolbox,” and hear how one rural community’s lively leaders are putting it all together to help preserve some local landmarks.Elizabeth Durfee Hengen, preservation consultant; Elizabeth Muzzey, NH Division of Historical Resources; and Eleanor Lonske, Hebron Selectboard. Moderated by Maggie Stier, NH Preservation Alliance.Sponsored by First Period Colonial Preservation & Restoration


Liz Durfee Hengen

Elizabeth Muzzey 

Eleanor Lonske


BOYD 144
1B. Modern Mysteries: Solutions to Mid 20th Century Modern Sustainability Challenges
New Hampshire has many good examples of modern buildings constructed between 1945 and 1975, according to a new study. The use of non-traditional construction materials, however, poses big challenges for maintenance and preservation. Learn about specific issues in caring for mid-century modern structures and how creative retrofits can help them meet today’s energy standards. Lisa Mausolf, historic preservation consultant; Michael Bruss, Bruss Construction and Integrated Building Energy Associates. Moderated by Nadine Peterson, NH Division of Historical Resources.


          Lisa Mausolf

          Michael Bruss


1C. Walking Tour: Museum of the White Mountains, Flying Monkey Theater, Senior Center, Plymouth Town Hall and Daniel Webster Courthouse. Leader: Laura Black, NH DHR 



Lunch (Box lunches if pre-ordered, bring your own, or head into town)


 1:30-2:45 Second Breakout

BOYD 005
2A. The Next Generation of Preservation
Learn about the importance of researching the history of a property or property type, and applying that information to developing an overall preservation or re-use strategy. Students in Plymouth State’s new Master’s Degree program in Historic Preservation will share current work on selected properties. Audra L. Klumb, New Hampshire Fire Lookouts; Lise G. Moran, The Athens (Vermont) Old Brick Church; Martha Cummings, Preservation and Restoration at the Mary Baker Eddy House, Lynn, Mass.; Dara M. Dike, The Ivie Memorial Church in Bethlehem; Mae H. Williams, Creating a Sustainable Future for the Laconia State School. Moderated by Mary Kate Ryan, NH Division of Historical Resources and Adjunct Faculty at Plymouth State University.


          Audra L. Klumb

          Lise G. Moran

          Martha Cummings

          Dara M. Dike

          Mae H. Williams


2B. Improving Project Success: Effective Communications for Grants, Loans, and Capital Campaigns. How do you make the case for funding your preservation project, improve access to local resources, and build community capacity and support? Learn some of the most effective concepts and techniques that have can help preservation efforts meet their goals. Kevin Flynn, NH CDFA; Betsy McNamara, Full Circle Consulting. Moderated by Katherine Easterly, NH CDFA.Sponsored by NH Community Development Finance Authority


          Kevin Flynn & Betsy McNamara


2C . Walking Tour: Museum of the White Mountains, Flying Monkey Theater, Senior Center, Plymouth Town Hall and Daniel Webster Courthouse. Leader: Jillian Edelman, NH DOT. 





3:00 – 4:15 Third Breakout Session

 BOYD 144

3A. Be Part of the Action: Section 106 Consulting Parties and Public Participation
With several wind, utility, and other large projects coming to NH, meaningful input about the protection of historic properties will be vital. Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act is a conflict resolution and problem solving process to identify significant historic properties in the planning stage of a federal “undertaking” or “action” so that any harm to them can be avoided or minimized. Nadine Peterson, NH Division of Historical Resources; David Beauchesne, City of Manchester; Ken Herrick, Portsmouth; and Yvonne Nanasi, NH Preservation Alliance.    


Nadine Peterson

David Beauchesne - no PowerPoint

Ken Herrick - no PowerPoint


3B. How to be More Self Sufficient: Creative Models for Saving Historic Buildings
Many historical societies, government entities, and businesses need more funds to maintain the historic structures they own, and with a little “outside the box” thinking, have found ways to increase their access to grant funds, donor contributions, and earned income. Panelists will share creative models, then do some group problem solving as they tackle a few examples of real-life buildings in need of new preservation support. Larry Yerdon, Strawbery Banke; Chris Kennedy, UK Architects; Ben Wilson, NH Bureau of Historic Sites; Mark Okrant, Plymouth State University. Moderated by Maggie Stier, NH Preservation Alliance.Sponsored by Bedard Preservation & Restoration


Larry Yerdon

Chris Kennedy

Ben Wilson

Mark Okrant


3C. Walking Tour: Museum of the White Mountains, Flying Monkey Theater, Senior Center, Plymouth Town Hall and Daniel Webster Courthouse. Leader Deborah Gagne, NH DHR 



RECEPTION AT THE COMMON MAN INN & SPA, 231 Main Street, Plymouth, with complimentary hors d’oeuvres, special guests and door prizes. Learn more about the transformation of this former mill and manufacturing facility. Cash bar.