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Field Service

The Alliance's Field Services Program allows us to help communities throughout the state with one-on-one coaching, technical assistance, and preservation advice, all at no cost.  A call or email can get you started.  We can help you organize your goals into a workable plan, get a condition assessment of your building, develop a fund-raising plan, or carry out an effective public relations campaign.  Projects that have benefited from this program since its inception in 2006 include the renovation of a one-room schoolhouse in Pittsburg, the rescue of a historic meetinghouse in Epsom, and renovation and reuse strategies for a historic farmhouse in Lee.

Contact Maggie Stier at ms@nhpreservation.org for more information

 

Seven to Save: New Hampshire’s endangered properties list

The New Hampshire Preservation Alliance created Seven to Save in 2006 to focus attention and resources on significant historic properties in New Hampshire that are threatened by neglect, deterioration, insufficient funds, inappropriate development, and/or insensitive public policy.

Nominations are solicited in the summer, with the announcement of the Seven to Save list in mid-October. There are three main criteria for selection--historical significance, imminence of threat, and the potential for positive impact of a Seven to Save designation.  Nominations to the New Hampshire Seven to Save list can be for residential or commercial sites, industrial heritage sites such as bridges or transportation structures, agricultural buildings, or even threatened building types or group nominations.  Anyone can submit a nomination for the Seven to Save list -- concerned citizens, neighborhood advocacy groups, non-profit organizations, etc. 

Seven to Save is modeled after the Eleven Most Endangered List, a program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.  After New Hampshire's historic metal truss bridges were named to the statewide Seven to Save list, the grand-daddy of them all, Portsmouth's Memorial Bridge, competed successfully to make the national Eleven-Most list.  It joined the Wentworth-by-the-Sea Hotel in New Castle and the Daniel Webster Farm in Franklin as previous national endangered list selections.  Such advocacy has made a positive difference.  Memorial Bridge is now going to be rebuilt, and both the other projects were successfully rehabilitated and reused.   

Advocates for these threatened places receive priority attention from the Alliance’s Field Services program, and the Seven to Save sites frequently gain other important publicity and funding benefits from this designation. A range of technical and financial resources, as well as roll-up-your-sleeves help, is needed to advance these preservation projects. If you’d like to know more about a particular listing, please refer to the yearly lists for contact information.

Annual Preservation Achievement Awards

To honor outstanding work in preservation, the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance holds annual Preservation Achievement Awards. The awards, which take place during National Preservation Month in May, recognize individuals, organizations, or businesses in the categories of restoration and stewardship, rehabilitation and adaptive use, compatible new construction, public policy, and educational and planning initiatives.

The year 2010 marked the Alliance's 21st year honoring preservation achievement in New Hampshire. We have  presented 151 awards for achievements such as renovations of historic buildings for corporate headquarters by PSNH and PC Connection, the rescue of Daniel Webster Farm in Franklin, the revival of the Wentworth-by-the-Sea hotel, the restoration of the Gregg Free Library in Wilton, the re-use of the Plymouth Railroad Station, abd the proactive policies of the Lighthouse Kids, the Troy Heritage Commission, and a 5th graders who created a walking tour of Antrim.

Sponsored by The Duprey Companies and Sheehan, Phinney, Bass + Green as well as The Common Man Restaurants, Daniel V. Scully Architects, Granite State Plumbing & Heating, JSN Associates, Inc., Lumber Barn,The MacMillin Company, Inc., Preservation Company, Samyn-D'Elia Architects, P.A. and Tate and Foss Sotheby's International Realty.

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Preserving Community Character: Our Biennial Statewide Conference

This is the preeminent statewide conference for historic preservation advocates, practitioners and educators.  It is generally presented every other year in April.  Information on our 2010 conference will be available in January, 2011.

Attendees will learn about the links between sustainability, economy and historic preservation; saving community landmarks; best practices for managing growth and change; partnerships for protecting natural and historic resources; managing public history projects; crafting communication and fundraising strategies; and much more.

Who should attend? Members and Leaders of Heritage and Historic District Commissions; Advocates for Preservation Projects; Preservation and Planning Professionals; Land Use Professionals and Town Board Members; Historical Society Staff and Volunteers; Teachers and Student Teachers; College Students in Related Fields.

 

Old House and Barn Expo

This one-stop-shopping trade show, held every other year, helps old house and barn owners and enthusiasts with appropriate and affordable solutions. It offers a rare chance to meet face-to-face with knowledgeable suppliers of repair and restoration products and services, and gather valuable ideas from hourly live talks and demonstrations. Energy savings, window repair, and weatherization techniques were featured in the popular event this past March.

Exhibitor Applications Available September 2011

Attendee Registration Information Available October 2011

Also see our Directory of Preservation Products and Service.

At the last Expo, attendees visited exhibits and attended the lectures on topics such as how to fix a roof or repair drafty old windows, historic garden styles, and what to do to shore up an old barn. Some attendees brought in photos and plans, even windows and moldings, and were able to talk through their problems with over 100 experts.

Thank you to our generous 2010 Expo sponsors: Bedard Preservation & Restoration, First Period Colonial, Ian Blackman, LLC, NH State Council on the Arts, Public Service of New Hampshire and Vintage Kitchens as well as Bruss Construction, EnviroVantage, Fifield Restoration, Historic & Distinctive Properties, Innerglass Window Systems, Louis Karno & Company and Merrimack County Savings Bank. Media sponsors include Antique Homes Magazine, N.H. Home, Old House Interiors, WMUR-TV and Yankee Magazine. Read more about our sponsors here.