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36 Community Projects Granted LCHIP Funds

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Concord NH - Thirty-six historic, cultural, and land conservation projects throughout the state will receive grants this year from the Land and Community Heritage Investment Program, or LCHIP. This morning in Concord, Governor Hassan and Senator Jeb Bradley greeted LCHIP grant recipients and spoke about the importance of land conservation and historic preservation to the state's economy, environment and quality of life. At a later event sponsored by the Preservation Alliance, Society for the Protection of N.H. Forests, Trust for Public Land and Nature Conservancy, Senate President Chuck Morse and Senator Jeff Woodburn also added their congratulations and spoke of their commitment to future funding for the program.

Thirty-six projects are receiving support, ranging from $7,430 for a study of Jones Hall in Marlow to $400,000 to permanently protect 1,114 acres in Epping. 

"LCHIP projects succeed thanks to the hard work of our state's non-profit organizations, town commissions and boards," says LCHIP Board Chair Doug Cole of D.S. Cole Growers, "and we are pleased to be able to support those efforts. While each project is special to its community, as a whole they represent the important natural, historic and cultural resources highly valued by New Hampshire's residents and visitors." 

This year's recipients include 26 historic properties dating from the 1764 Park Hill Meeting House in Westmoreland to the 1918 Peterborough Town House, and ten natural resource projects providing permanent protection of almost 3,000 acres. They are located in cities and towns in each of the ten counties of the state.

"In visiting the project sites," says LCHIP Executive Director Dijit Taylor, "I learn the stories behind the projects- stories about the second person to sign the Declaration of Independence (Josiah Bartlett) and the tree that he brought home from Philadelphia, the rare threatened or endangered species on the properties (although I can't tell you where those are), and the unusual brick house in Gilford where twenty-first century school children, using the same clay source as the original brick maker, made new bricks and then used them to edge the flower garden at the house." 

While applicants are required to raise $1.00 for each dollar received through LCHIP, historically the projects do far more, raising more than $7 for each LCHIP dollar granted. Funding for the LCHIP grants comes from a fee assessed when recording four types of documents at county Registries of Deeds. This is the second year in which LCHIP is receiving full funding.

Yet even with full funding, the expressed need for assistance this year was far larger than the amount of money available. LCHIP was unable to fund seventeen projects, although they too are important in their communities, so LCHIP's decision-making process was a challenging one for the 18-member Board of Directors.

The N.H. Preservation Alliance provided on-site technical services and coaching to 18 of the 25 historic preservation projects that received grants and nine had received planning grants to prepare for successful rehabiliations. Jennifer Goodman, the Alliance's executive director, added that five of the properties receiving grants had been listed on the organization's Seven to Save list, and she commended the project's leaders progress. Jeff Gilbert, vice chair of the Preservation Alliance board, acknowledged the tremendous bipartisan commitment for LCHIP.  LCHIP also awarded funds to the Preservation Alliance to continue its planning grants, and to help with the protection of the Bartlett House in Kingston.

LCHIP Grant Recipients by Town

 

About LCHIP

The New Hampshire Land and Community Heritage Investment Program is an independent state authority that provides matching grants to New Hampshire communities and non-profits to protect and preserve the state's most important natural, cultural and historic resources. Its legislatively mandated mission is to ensure the perpetual contribution of these resources to the economy, environment and the quality of life in New Hampshire. Up until the current grant round, 325 LCHIP grants have helped 143 New Hampshire communities conserve more than 264,000 acres of land and 159 historic structures and sites. The $30 million of state money invested in these projects has leveraged more than $258 million in total project value. LCHIP grants are supported by fees on four documents recorded at the Registry of Deeds in every county of the state. For more information about LCHIP visit www.lchip.org

 

Protecting Endangered Properties on Giving Tuesday

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New Hampshire's historic family farms and agricultural landscapes were recently named to our 2014 Seven to Save list of endangered properties. This Giving Tuesday*, make a gift to help the Preservation Alliance protect and revive historic family farms and other community landmarks across the state. Together we can help ensure that these properties will thrive into the future. 

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Here are some additional ways you can help family farms and the farm landscape of New Hampshire:

  • Support local farms
  • Ask legislators about their ideas to enhance agriculture in New Hampshire
  • Help promote farm-friendly practices as a member of a planning board, agricultural commission, or heritage group
  • Have a farm? Consider preservation/conservation strategies and promote to neighbors.
  • Support agriculture, conservation and preservation organizations that are helping save historic farms and promote farming
  • Share your ideas. Contact Beverly Thomas at the Preservation Alliance, 224-2281 or bt@nhpreservation.org

Learn more about saving family farms and the historic agricultural landscape here.

 


* What's Giving Tuesday? Giving Tuesday is a movement to create a national day of giving on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday. The third annual Giving Tuesday is on December 2, 2014. 

 

 
 
 

Saving Family Farms and the Historic Agricultural Landscape

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By Lorraine Merrill
Commissioner, N.H. Department of Agriculture, Markets and Food

Imagine New Hampshire without open fields and cows in pastures, without big white farmhouses, weathered barns, sugar houses, farm stands and stone walls. Though the scope and types of agriculture have varied throughout New Hampshire's history, the importance of family farms to our landscape and to our communities has not changed.  Today, the continued existence of many of these defining and much-loved living-history features of our state is at risk. Over the next 20 to 30 years we will experience an unprecedented generational shift in land ownership, which will put many family farm properties in jeopardy of being lost to agriculture.

In announcing its 2014 Seven to Save list of threatened historic landmarks in October, the Preservation Alliance named an eighth preservation priority:  the state’s historic family-owned farms and agricultural landscapes. Coincidentally,  the United Nations has declared 2014 the Year of the Family Farm, with the theme Family Farming: Feeding the World, Caring for the Earth.

In New Hampshire, with our high real estate costs, graying population, escalating property taxes, and changing economy, farms and farmland continue to be developed or sold at a rapid pace.  New agricultural practices and standards often make older barns obsolete.  Historic homes may be torn down or neglected in favor of newer, smaller structures, often because repairs and continued occupancy simply aren’t cost effective.  Farm owners often lack adequate capital to manage the cost burdens of large properties—especially young farmers starting out and older owners retired from farming but trying to hang on to property that has been in their family for generations.

From 1982 to 2007, New Hampshire lost one out of four acres of prime farmland to development—and it was much worse in the Seacoast region.  In Rockingham County, in just the five years from 1997 to 2002, one-third of prime farmland was lost to development.

While the most recent Agricultural Census showed New Hampshire farms increasing 5% from 2007 to 2012 (bucking the national trend of a 5% decline in the number of farms),  the same five-year period saw a 24% reduction in cropland acres and a 7% reduction in pasture land.

Working together, we can make progress to save and steward our farmland and family farms with land use policies, markets and stewardship.

First, mechanisms such as current use value taxation, tax credits for conservation, right-to-farm policies, and farm-friendly regulatory structures all help to support the legacy of farming in New Hampshire and should be continued and enhanced.  Planning regulations also affect the rate at which open lands, including farms and farmland, are consumed for development.

Second, farms must continue to evolve and respond to changing markets,  economics and new technologies. Strategies include renewable energy development and diversification of enterprises including value-added processing, agri-tourism, and direct-to-consumer marketing. New Hampshire ranks first in the nation for percentage of farm sales that are direct-to-consumer.

Third, agricultural conservation easements,preservation restrictions, and blended conservation and preservation easements are of critical importance to sustaining farms and farming in the Granite State. Increasingly, when farms and farmland are being sold,  inherited or leased to farmers,  a conservation easement is involved.

I know from my own family’s experience that farm-friendly land use regulations, evolving business practices, and the sale of development rights made the difference in keeping our large, coastal farm in family ownership and in agricultural use.

Our farm has survived and succeeded by changing with the times and with owners. It has been a diversified crop and livestock farm, a racehorse-breeding farm, a nationally-known dairy farm, a prominent poultry genetics farm, and now again a dairy farm. My family used an agricultural easement to protect the land and reduce its value more than thirtyyears ago, and more recently the farm—and its evolution over time—was determined eligible for the National Register of Historic Places.

Preserving farms and agricultural land secures multiple and significant benefits to local communities and the state beyond preserving the capacity to produce food for future generations. New Hampshire farms often include more woodland than open cropland or pasture, along with wetlands and riparian lands. Protecting the farm or farmland protects these other valuable natural resources—including groundwater, surface water, and wildlife habitats. Farms generate local economic activity and jobs while maintaining the character and heritage of our state and communities.

Many organizations are involved in this issue, including the New Hampshire Department of Agriculture, Markets & Food; USDA agencies; UNH Cooperative Extension; the New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources; the Land and Community Heritage Investment Program; and the Preservation Alliance. A recent study of conservation in New Hampshire (available at www.tpl.org/nh-roi report) held up agricultural lands conservation as a critical issue. Local agricultural commissions, conservation commissions, and historic district commissions, as well as granges and other local organizations, are supporting agriculture and farming in many ways and can do more.

We can all work together in so many ways to help our remaining farms develop and thrive, and to connect the next generation of farmers with opportunities to farm.  We hope and expect that this year’s Seven to Save designation will help foster creative efforts to support farms, farmers, and farm buildings in a powerful coalition.


You can help family farms and the farm landscape of New Hampshire:

  • Support local farms
  • Ask legislators about their ideas to enhance agriculture in New Hampshire
  • Help promote farm-friendly practices as a member of a planning board, agricultural commission or heritage group
  • Have a farm? Consider preservation/conservation strategies and promote to neighborsSupport agriculture, conservation and preservation organizations that are helping save historic farms and promote farming
  • Share your ideas. Contact Beverly Thomas at the Preservation Alliance, 224-2281 or bt@nhpreservation.org.

 

Young Preservationists on the Move

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This Thanksgiving season we are thankful for the many young people who are researching and documentating local history, taking on complex improvement projects, and investing in public education and celebration of history through film, painting and other arts.“Historic preservation activity is often seen as the purview of established practioners or older volunteers,” said Jennifer Goodman, executive director of the Preservation Alliance. “But in fact, many young people in New Hampshire are committed to history and celebrating and protecting special places.”

For the Alliance's 25th anniversary we profiled folks 25 and under who were making a difference in their communities.

Check out a recent profile of 21st Century Preservationist Mae Williams which profiles her interest in sustainability and 2013 project exploring the future of the fofmer Laconia State School in the Plymouth State University magazine.

Check out Josh Arnold's Habitat for Humanity-like venture to build commuity and sustainable practice at G.A.L.A. 

The Alliance has noticed many Eagle Scout projects that have promoted preservation goals, and, in national news, the Girl Scouts organization of Georgia unveiled a first-ever Historic Preservation patch at the National Trust conference in Savannah in November 2014.

Please send us your favorite stories of Young Preservationists!  Forward to Virginia Davidson at vd@nhpreservation.org and we'll look for ways to share the good news.

 

 

 

Preservation Alliance Offers New “Road Map” for Creating Neighborhood Heritage Districts or Areas

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Interested in learning more about a new zoning tool that helps protect the distinctive and valued historic character of an area? The Preservation Alliance is pleased to announce the availability of new materials about  Neighborhood Heritage Districts through the NH Department of of Environmental Services website and its Innovative Land Use Planning Techniques Handbook. http://des.nh.gov/organization/divisions/water/wmb/repp/innovative_land_use.htm

New Hampshire’s innovative zoning statute, RSA 674-21, makes possible this concept. 

 

Designed to help community leaders and planners understand the purpose and use of this new mechanism to protect local heritage and historic character, the chapter draws on the Alliance’s  work with Hooksett and Greenfield, the two towns that received support in 2012-14 from the N.H. Housing Finance Authority, to explore  creation of a Neighborhood Heritage District.  

The Alliance has also posted on its own website additional material about Neightborhood Heritage Districts and other regulatory and voluntary ways to recognize, preserve, and protect historic resources.  Interested in knowing what towns have adopted some of these strategies and what their ordinance contains?   Want more information on Neighborhood Heritage Districts?  Go to www.nhpreservation.org or contact the N.H. Preservation Alliance’s Field Service Rep, Maggie Stier, at 603-224-2281 or ms@nhpreservation.org.

From the DES publication:

Neighborhood Heritage Districts offer a more flexible alternative to local Historic Districts (as distinct from National Register Historic Districts).  Neighborhood Heritage Districts (NHD) differ in two primary ways:  1) they are administered by the Planning Board with assistance from an Advisory Committee (in contrast to a separate Historic District Commission), and 2) their primary purpose is to protect an area’s overall character rather than specific architectural features and details.  They are most often initiated at the grass roots level by a neighborhood association or group that can generate widespread support for such a measure and help assure its adoption.   Through a customized set of guidelines and standards, and a team approach of advisory committee and the municipal planning board, NHDs review and regulate proposed change in a limited range of circumstances—usually new construction, demolition, major additions, and removal or installation of major landscape features.   

This land-use tool has been in use in other states since the early 1980s.  Elsewhere it is frequently called a Conservation District or Neighborhood Conservation District because the emphasis is less on preserving specific features and details of buildings and more on conserving the overarching characteristics of a neighborhood or area.  Resources in such a district do not have to be 50 years old or older, as is typical with traditional historic districts, but the designated area must convey some aspect of the community’s historical, architectural, or cultural heritage.  

Goals in creating a Neighborhood Heritage District may include protection of rural character, encouraging compatible new investment, controlling demolition, stabilizing property values, limiting unsympathetic commercial encroachment, or maintaining traditional scale, form or uses.  NHDs are most often adopted as an overlay to existing traditional zoning. 

In 2008, the N.H. Division of Historical Resources published Neighborhood Heritage Districts, A Handbook for New Hampshire Municipalities by Elizabeth Durfee Hengen and Carolyn Baldwin, Esq., describing an extensive collaborative planning process and setting forth the process to introduce and encourage use of this tool.  Subsequent efforts to create NHDs have relied heavily on that effort.   http://www.nh.gov/nhdhr/documents/neighborr_hert_handbook.pdf

 

 

Are Bats Driving You Batty?

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This Halloween season, arm yourself with the best strategies for managing bats in living spaces, attics and barns.  Bug-eating bats are important to a healthy environment, and many people have a few bats in their attic and never know it. However, a large colony can become a nuisance, and bats should be kept out of interior living quarters.  Now is a good time to seal up entry points and clean-up bat droppings as New Hampshire’s eight species of bats migrate south or hibernate in the colder months. Here are some tips:

A bat loose in your living space: Take a deep breath, put on some gloves and remind yourself that the bat wants to get out. Don’t touch a bat with your bare hands. Open a window, turn out the lights, and leave the room shutting the door behind you. In the fall or winter, the big brown bat is the one local species that, at times, hibernates in buildings; one may awake to look for a snack and surprise you. In colder months, try to release a trapped bat during a warm time of day if possible.

Preventing their return to your attic:  Mothballs hung in an old stocking or bright lights can be deterrents, but the best strategy is blocking access.  Chimneys, cracks or holes in the siding or soffits, or just about any place where materials have moved apart, invites bats to enter and make themselves at home. If you don’t know where they are getting in, watch for their movements in and out of your house in the summertime at dusk.

Relocating the bats:  If you evict bats, they need somewhere to go. Consider installing a bat house on your property.  The boxes are varied shapes and look like big birdhouses.

Cleaning up after bats:   Bat manure, or guano, can contain a fungus that can sometimes cause a respiratory infection in humans, so proper precautions are necessary. In a barn or space that is difficult to close up, owners might need to come up with a strategy for managing guano instead of removing bats. Some barn owners tarp large sections of equipment or insert a tarped “ceiling” that can be removed and cleaned periodically.  

Thanks to the N.H. Fish and Game Department and Preservation Alliance members for information for this article. More on all aspect of bat management at http://www.wildlife.state.nh.us/Wildlife/Nongame/bats/homeowners.html and more old house tips at www.nhpreservation.org.  Also: check out this article by the Forest Society's Dave Anderson on the status of New Hampshire bats at http://www.forestsociety.org/news/natures-view.asp?id=125

 

A Halloween P.S.: Bats are nocturnal creatures, so it’s natural that a celebration about the end of the light seasons and the beginning of the dark ones would incorporate them.  Additionally, in the old days Halloween meant big bonfires, which draw mosquitoes and moths, which would in turn draw bats, so bats were likely a common sight during the early Samhain festivals and later Halloween celebrations.  

 

2014 Seven to Save Listees

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Each year, nominations for the statewide Seven to Save list highlight critical preservation needs and opportunities around the state. Selections for 2014 include some unusual places, highly significant structures, and a statewide listing of our historical agricultural landscape and family farms.

Help out by contacting one of the property or project representatives below, or contact Maggie Stier at the Preservation Alliance at 224-2281 or ms@nhpreservation.org. Support the Preservation Alliance and stay connected!

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Brown Company House, Berlin

Believed to be the oldest wood frame building in the city and a key part of the history of mills and logging in Berlin; needed repairs are a big challenge for non-profit owner Tri-County CAP. 

Contact: Sandra Patrick 752 7001 sandypatrick@tccap.org

 

 

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Kimball Lake Cabins, Hopkinton

 A Depression-era lakeside resort with four remaining log cabins,  closed since the 1980s; now owned by the town of Hopkinton which seeks support for rehabilitation and new community uses.  

Contact: Jim O’Brien, jim_obrien@tnc.org, 856-5378

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Hill-Lassonde House, Manchester

This vacant bank-owned Italianate style home, opposite a city park, is highly vulnerable; without a new owner and investment it may fall victim to arson or demolition.  

Contact: Michael Duffy II, mduffyII@comcast.net, 603-493-4055.

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Poore Family Farm, Stewartstown 

Needs more support to preserve its early house and barn and fulfill its potential as a place to learn about life on a farm without electricity, plumbing, or other modern conveniences.   

Contact: Rick Johnsen, 237-5500 rick@PooreFamilyFoundation.org

 

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Neighboring Town Treasures

Bradford Town Hall: Iconic landmark now vacant pending voter-approved funding for upgrades that would meet current codes and allow reopening of the second floor hall for community use. 

Contact: Sonny Harris, selectman, sonny@countryhousesre.com,  568-8059.

Washington Meetinghouse/Town Hall: An 18An 18An 18An th century building that doesn’t meet the town’s 21st century office and meeting space needs.  A workable plan and 2/3rds voter approval for funding are needed. 

Contact: Ron Jaeger, 495-3618, rjaeger@gsinet.net

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Watson Academy, Epping

This rare Queen Anne style school building needs town support for a simple plan to address damage caused by a minor earthquake.    

 

Contact: Sandy Goodspeed, 734-2799 sandygoodspeed@comcast.net

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Historic Family Farms and Agricultural Landscapes, statewide

The trend of dramatic loss in cultivated acreage and challenges facing family farms will require strong creative efforts to help maintain historic buildings and traditional landscapes throughout the state.     

Contact: Beverly Thomas, 224-2281 bt@nhpreservation.org,    

 

For a printable version of this list, please click here.

 

On October 22, 2014, the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance announced  its 2014 Seven to Save list of threatened historic landmarks from throughout the state that are significant and worthy of preservation. A bonus 8th listing this year focuses on historic family-owned farms and agricultural landscapes statewide.  Seven to Save is a means to recognize the value of saving and reviving historic places that are important to both local communities and our statewide heritage. 

 

This year, listees include town halls in the neighboring towns of Bradford and Washington, the historic Watson Academy in Epping, the Hill-Lassonde house opposite Manchester’s Bronstein Park, and Hopkinton’s Kimball Lake Cabins.  In Coos County, the Poore Family Farm in Stewartstown and the Brown Company House in Berlin made the list. 

According to Seven to Save chair Hunter Ulf, “Seven to Save recognizes the value of saving and reviving historic places that are important to local communities as well as the state’s identity and economic vitality.  And it is a call to action so that these important places might get what they need and help keep New Hampshire New Hampshire.”

Since 2006, when the Seven to Save program began, over 30 properties have moved from “threatened” to “saved” or out of danger.  Major successes include Pandora Mill in Manchester, the restored Acworth Meetinghouse, and the Mill Pond Dam in Durham.  Some past listees like the Balsams in Dixville Notch and the Gas Holder in Concord still have uncertain futures.

Lorraine Merrill, Commissioner of the N.H. Department of Agriculture, Markets and Foods, spoke on behalf of historic family farms.  The owner of a historic farm herself, she noted that New Hampshire has, over the last 25 years, lost one out of four acres of prime farmland to development—and about 1 out of 3 acres in the seacoast.  Solutions include more farm-friendly land use policies, direct marketing and conservation efforts. “Farms and farming activity contribute to the rural character so prized in New Hampshire communities. We hope that this designation will foster creative efforts to support farms, farmers and farm buildings in a powerful coalition,” she said.

Loss of population, not growth, has affected the two North Country properties on the Seven to Save list.  The Brown Company House in Berlin, believed to be the oldest wood frame building in the city, was a central part of the history of mills and logging in Berlin, but suffers from a long list of needed repairs.  Likewise, the Poore Family Farm Museum in Stewartstown needs more visitors and more financial support to preserve its early house and barn and fulfill its potential as a place to learn about life without electricity, indoor plumbing, or other modern conveniences.

Historic Town Halls in Bradford and Washington garnered Seven to Save nods because of the challenges in obtaining voter-approved funding for upgrades that would bring the buildings into code compliance and allow re-opening of now-shuttered second floor halls for plays, meetings, and community gatherings.  Epping’s Watson Academy, a rare Queen Anne style school building, needs town support for a simple plan to address damage caused by a minor earthquake.  Kimball Lake Cabins, a lakeside resort building during the Depression and now owned by the town of Hopkinton, needs support for building rehabilitation and a new plan for sustainable uses.  A bank-owned Italianate style home in Manchester, opposite a city park, made the list because of its vulnerability to vandalism and squatters.

Before the announcement, the Preservation Alliance held its annual meeting and offered a walking and driving tour of selected historic buildings in Kensington in conjunction wit the Kensington Historical Society.  “We chose to hold this year’s announcement in Kensington because it’s a great example of preservation in action,” said Maggie Moody Stier of the Preservation Alliance. In 2012, the Kensington Town Hall was named to Seven to Save, and since then, improvements have been made to return it to town use.  Granges, statewide, made the Seven to Save list in 2013.  Kensington’s former Grange hall hosted the Seven to Save announcement event, and was recently repainted thanks to a generous private donor. 

Criteria for Seven to Save include the property’s historical or architectural significance, severity of the current threat, and the extent to which the Seven to Save listing could help in preserving or protecting the property. 

The New Hampshire Preservation Alliance is the statewide membership organization dedicated to preserving historic buildings, communities and landscapes through education, resources and advocacy.  For more information, visit www.nhpreservation.org

 

2014 Seven to Save sponsors include:

The Lewis Family Foundation

Anagnost-LogoCos

Ian Milestone

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 Christopher P. Williams Architects PLLC

 HEB Engineers

Lavallee | Brensinger Architects

TMS Architects

Preservation Company

Ned Tate, Tate & Foss/Sotheby’s

 

 

New Fund Honors Rick & Duffy Monahon

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October 22, 2014

Today the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance announced the availability of new seed grants to help community preservation projects. Friends and colleagues of preservationists Rick and Duffy Monahon came together over the past year to create a new fund that honors and advances the Monahons’ work and provides this resource.

Rick and Duffy, who died in a car accident in 2013, had a lasting influence on projects and people across the state, said Jennifer Goodman, executive director of the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance. They helped shape the preservation movement in New Hampshire with signature projects like Historic Harrisville, highly engaged service on statewide and local boards, and award-winning projects like the rehabilitations of the Gregg Free Library in Wilton, the Newbury Meetinghouse and Temple’s Town Hall. 

The Fund has nearly reached its initial goal of $100,000. “There are local projects all across the state that need this sort of funding to move forward effectively,” said Jennifer Goodman.

The small planning grants may be used for hiring a consultant to conduct a building assessment, to develop a feasibility study or to help with a group’s fundraising plans. An advisory committee will assist the Preservation Alliance in selecting projects and include representatives from the American Institute of Architects New Hampshire Chapter and the New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources.   Rick and Duffy both served on the Preservation Alliance’s Board of Directors at various times since its inception and supported its activities in many ways.

The Rick and Duffy Monahon Fund also launched a new Historic Preservation for the Future Fund at the N.H. Charitable Foundation. This Fund is designed to accept future gifts to honor others and meet changing preservation needs and opportunities over time.

For more on applying for grant funds, or to make a donation, click here.

More information:

 The Fund’s purpose:

• to provide lasting recognition of Rick and Duffy Monahon;

• to celebrate their impact on New Hampshire’s people and communities through their architecture, preservation, and planning efforts;

• and to inspire the kind of work necessary to save, revive and steward the special places about which they were so passionate.

 

Leaders of the Fund efforts are long-time friends and colleagues of the Monahons. They also served with Rick and Duffy on the Preservation Alliance board of directors. Here are some of their thoughts:

Donations to the fund often have come with a Rick-and-Duffy story that captures their positive energy and colorful lives--and brought laughter and tears. Great stories testify to great character. Francie Von Mertens, Peterborough

 I am really happy that the Rick and Duffy Monahon Fund has been established to carry their passion for preservation and planning forward into the future through  efforts of the NH Preservation Alliance, the NH Charitable Foundation which will manage its assets,  and the many friends of the Monahons.  Rick and Duffy Monahon’s commitment to helping community based efforts throughout this state was profound.   This Fund will help provide support for future preservation projects and will also initiate the Historic  Preservation for the Future Fund, an umbrella under which other preservation funds can be established in the future,  Developing such a fund is really important since there are so few preservation funding opportunities in NH. The legacy being left in the Monahon's name is actually a seed for a much bigger opportunity. Chris Williams, AIA, Meridith.

 Rick and Duffy were always there when a good planning, architecture, preservation or land conservation issue raised its head, be it in Peterborough, around the Monadnock Region, elsewhere in New Hampshire, or, indeed, anywhere. The fund being created in their names will help other communities and organizations do things that the Monahons would have supported, encouraged, rallied for, and, if necessary, fought for. And if they were still with us, they would be out there now in the vanguard. Rob Stephenson, Jaffrey.

 

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