Explore Candidates' Support of Preservation Goals

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This campaign season, don’t miss the opportunity to explore your local, state and federal candidates’ commitment to preservation issues. Here is some background that you can use when posing questions.


The Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP) serves as a powerful catalyst for saving community landmarks and promoting community development activity.  LCHIP is an independent state authority that makes matching grants to communities and non-profits to conserve and preserve New Hampshire's most important natural, cultural and historic resources. Between 2001 and 2013, $27 million of state money through LCHIP has led to a total investment in projects of $237 million. 142 structures have been helped and over 260,000 acres have been conserved in 141 communities.  Since 2008, LCHIP grants have been supported by deed recordation fees; these modest $25 fees generate about $4 million per year.  Do you support LCHIP and its full funding?



Historic preservation and energy efficiency go hand-in-hand. While the marketplace often urges us to consider new as better, the majority of these pre-1920 buildings were constructed using repairable and often local materials and were sited and designed to minimize heating and cooling requirements.  Building reuse almost always offers environmental savings over demolition and new construction if considering buildings of similar size and function. Moreover, it can take between 10 and 80 years for a new, energy-efficient building to overcome, through more efficient operations, the energy impacts of the construction process.

The 2014 New Hampshire 10-Year State Energy Strategy’s goals include establishing an energy efficiency goal, improving the coordination and design of efficiency programs, improving consumer access to financing, better serving needs of low income population, continually adopting the newest building codes. How will you help advance those goals?

Siting of new energy projects can have an impact on historic and cultural resources.  Do you support clarifying and improving the Site Evaluation Committee process for applicants and reviewers as it relates to proposed projects’ impacts on historic sites?


Creating affordable housing through the adaptive re-use of historic buildings helps address the state's critical housing shortage and preserves economically important community assets.  Do you support policies and incentives that encourage affordable and workforce housing and the rehabilitation of older structures?   Are there other proposals that you would bring forward to address these pressing needs?

Citations available.  Send us your ideas for additional questions and issues to Jennifer Goodman at We will be updating our information throughout October.


Celebrate New Hampshire History Week

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Established in 2011, New Hampshire History Week supports the preservation of New Hampshire's historical documents, artifacts and buildings, as well as its historic areas and archaeological sites, as a way of promoting the understanding of history. 


Celebrate New Hampshire history throughout October with these great events!

Have an event you'd like to promote? Use this form to submit event details to Judith Moyer


Please note: Event details were accurate at the time of publication. Please confirm details directly with the presenting organization.


Historic Re-enactment Encampments
Presented by the Peterborough’s 275th Anniversary Celebration with support from the New Hampshire Humanities Council; held at Putnam Park on Grove St. in Peterborough
The 6th NH Regiment Encampment proudly portrays the identity of the 6th New Hampshire Regiment of Volunteers Company E, who were recruited from the Monadnock Region of New Hampshire and mustered in November 1861. They trained and encamped at the Fair Grounds in Keene, NH and fought extensively throughout the war.                    
Dates: October 10, 7:30pm


Lecture and Screening of  Lady of the Air: Harriet Quimby by Dawn Sterling

Presented by the Aviation Museum of New Hampshire, 27 Navigator Road, Londonderry, NH 03053

Harriet Quimby was the first female U.S. licensed pilot and the first woman to fly across the English Channel.  Filmmaker Dawn Sterling spent ten years researching this American aviatrix and has written the definitive screenplay about Quimby's life. Seating is limited and included in the price of admission.  Museum members attend free.

Date: Saturday, October 11, 2014, 11:00 AM

Contact person: Jessica Pappathan


Phone: 603-669-4820

Web site:



Peterborough’s 275th Anniversary Celebration
Presented by the Peterborough’s 275th Anniversary Celebration
Saturday begins with a large parade featuring William Diamond Junior Fife and Drum Corps, The Lexington Minute Men, 10th Regiment British Soldiers, 6th NH Regiment, NH Pipes & Drums, dozens of floats, marching bands, antique vehicles, and local dignitaries. Following the parade, a full day of activities will include the William Diamond Drum and Plaque dedication, special exhibit at Monadnock Center for History and Culture, Col. Ebenezer Hinsdale's Garrison Company, Temple Band concert, Farmers' Marketplace, Peterborough High School multi-class renunion, NH Pipes & Drums concert, musket firing demonstrations and military drills, children's activities, and a food court. A fireworks displaybrings a grand finale to this celebration in downtown Peterborough.
Date: October 11, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Check Peterborough’s 275th Anniversary website for the latest updates.


19th Century White Mountain Art Sale and Exhibition of 19th Century Paintings

Presented by The Jackson Historical Society, 8 Black Mountain Road, Jackson, NH

Dates: Saturdays and Sundays in September and October, 10:00 - 4:00, or by appointment

Contact person: Warren Schomaker


 Phone: 603-383-4060

Web site:


Messages from the Past: Revisiting an Oral History Project
Presented by Barrington Middle School,  Grades 7/8, Blue Team Reading Class
During the month of October and New Hampshire History Week, grade 7/8 reading classes will be exploring a Barrington community oral history project called Traditions and Transitions: Every Person is a Book. This project was a series of interviews with Barrington residents (newcomers and old-timers alike) that was self-published in 1995 by a group of Barrington volunteers under the auspices of the trustees of the Barrington Public Library and funded in part by a grant from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Contact person: Diane St. Jean
Phone: 603-664-2127

Open Ship

Presented by The Gundalow Company

Free dockside tours of the historic Gundalow (public sails and school trips also available through October).

Saturdays, October 4, 11, 18, 25; 12:30-1:30  PM

Contact person:  Gundalow Company


Phone:   603.433.9505

Web site:


Treasure from the Isles of Shoals: How New Archaeology is Changing Old History
Presented by Madbury Historical Society, Town Hall, 11 Town Hall Rd.
There is treasure here but not the pirate kind. Scientific “digs”on Smuttynose Island are changing New England history. Archaeologist Nathan Hamilton has unearthed 300,000 artifacts to date on this largely uninhabited rock at the Isles of Shoals. Evidence proves prehistoric Native Americans hunted New Hampshire’s only offshore islands 6,000 years ago. Hundreds of European fishermen split, salted, and dried valuable Atlantic cod here from the 1620s. “King Haley” ruled a survivalist kingdom here before Thomas Laighton struck tourist gold when his family took over the region’s first hotel on Smuttynose. Laighton’s daughter Celia Thaxter spun poetic tales of ghosts and pirates. J. Dennis Robinson, a longtime Smuttynose steward, explores the truth behind the romantic legends of Gosport Harbor in this colorful show-and-tell presentation hosted by the Madbury Historical Society.
Date: October 14, 7 p.m.
Contact: 749-9011
Funded by The New Hampshire Humanities Council

The White Mountain Huts: Past and Future
Elkins Library, 9 Center Rd.
The AMC’s Hut System is a unique institution in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Allen Koop, Dartmouth College, explores how the huts and the people who built, maintain and use them have formed a world apart, a mountain society with its own history, traditions, and legends. 
October 14, 7 p.m.
Contact: Susan LeClair, 783-4386
Funded by the New Hampshire Humanities Council

Powerful as Truth
Hosted by the Plymouth Historical Society
This documentary and discussion, facilitated by John Gfroerer, tells the story of William Loeb, publisher of the Manchester Union Leader. It traces Loeb’s rise to be one of the most influential voices in New Hampshire. Through interviews, archival material, and news footage, it documents his influence on the state. The documentary also chronicles the history of New Hampshire from 1950 to 1985, bringing to life such fi gures as Governors Walter Peterson, Wesley Powell, and Meldrim Thomson. 
October 14, 7 p.m., Pease Library, 1 Russell St.
Contact: Lisa Lundari, 536-3600
Funded by The New Hampshire Humanities Council

“If I am Not for Myself, Who Will Be for Me?” George Washington’s Runaway Slave, Ona Judge Staines
Presented by Fortier Library, 2020 Riverside Dr., Berlin
This event is part of the New Hampshire and the Revolutionary War project.Gwendolyn Quezaire-Presutti will present this living history program on Ona Judge Staines, a young woman who escaped slavery in George Washington’s household with the help of Portsmouth’s citizenry, on Ona Judge Staines, according to the Constitution, was only three-fifths of a person. To her masters, George and Martha Washington, she was merely “the girl.” All she wanted was the freedom to control her own actions, but her account of escaping the Executive Mansion in Philadelphia, fleeing north and establishing a life in New Hampshire is not a typical runaway story.
Date: October 15, 6 p.m. at the Fortier Library for the general public, with a repeat performance the next morning for the students of Gorham Middle-High School 
Contact: Meagan Carr, 342-3086
Funded by TheNew Hampshire Humanities Council

New Hampshire History Week Kick Off Event
Presented by the Coordinating Committee for N.H. History Week
Reading of official N.H. History Week Proclamation sponsored by Sen. David Watters. Partners represented on the coordinating committee for N.H. History Week include the New Hampshire Department of Cultural Resources, New Hampshire Department of Education, New Hampshire Historical Society, New Hampshire Humanities Council, New Hampshire Preservation Alliance, and the Land and Community Heritage Investment Program.  Visit these organizations’ websites to learn the many ways they keep New Hampshire history alive.
Date: October 16, 11:00 a.m.
Executive Council Chambers, NH Statehouse, Main St., Concord
Contact: Judith Moyer

Covered Bridges of New Hampshire
Presented by Newmarket Public Library, 1 Elm St.
Covered wooden bridges have been a vital part of the NH transportation network, dating back to the early 1800s. Given NH’s myriad streams, brooks, and rivers, it’s unsurprising that 400 covered bridges have been documented. Often viewed as quaint relics of a simpler past, they were technological marvels of their day. It may be native ingenuity and NH’s woodworking tradition that account for the fact that a number of nationally-noted covered bridge truss designers were NH natives. Glenn Knoblock discusses covered bridge design and technology, and their designers, builders, and associated folklore.
Date: October 16, 6 p.m.
Contact: 659-5311
Funded by TheNew Hampshire Humanities Council

The Great Sheep Boom and Its Enduring Legacy on the New Hampshire Landscape
Presented by the Andover Historical Society; held at the East Andover Grange
In a brief 30-year period in the early 19th century the New Hampshire countryside became home to hundreds of thousands of sheep. Production of wool became a lucrative business, generating fortunes and providing the only time of true agricultural prosperity in the state’s history. It left behind a legacy of fi ne architecture and thousands of miles of rugged stonewalls. Steve Taylor discusses how farmers overcame enormous challenges to make sheep husbandry succeed, but forces from beyond New Hampshire were to doom the industry, with social consequences that would last a century.
October 16, 7 p.m.
Contact: 735-5369
Funded by TheNew Hampshire Humanities Council

Early American Music in Bass Hall
Presented by Peterborough’s  275th Anniversary, held at Monadnock Center for History & Culture, 19 Grove St.      
Date: October 17, 7:30 p.m.
Tickets $15/ $12 for members, seniors, students. Tickets available at
Contact or (603)924-3235.
Check Peterborough’s  275th Anniversary website for the latest updates.

Swenson Granite: Then and Now
Presented by The New Hampshire Historical Society for the Learning Institute at New England College (LINEC) about Swenson Granite. LINEC is a program created to educate, entertain, and enhance life. It offers non-credit, peer-led and peer-taught courses by volunteers for the pleasure of learning. It is open to both retired and younger adults. Membership in LINEC is required prior to registering for classes. LINEC classes are sponsored by the Learning Institute at New England College in Henniker, New Hampshire.
Held at N.H. Historical Society, 30 Park Street, Concord, NH,
Date: October 17, 1 p.m.
Contact: 603-746-6212 or

"Hooksett Haunts and Spirits"
Presented by Head School Society, The Schoolmarms of Head School
Ghost stories at Head School followed by a walk through history in the Head Cemetery.  Donations to support the living history programs at Head School will be appreciated. Held at the Head School & Head Cemetery 
Directions: North on Route 3, past Mt. St. Mary’s, bear left on Pleasant Street.  Site is about 2/10 of a mile on the left.
Date: October 17, 7:00 p.m.
Contact: Hooksett Heritage Commission

Folk music of the Civil War era by "The Hardtacks," Marek Bennett and Woody Pringle. Songs, stories, and poems from N.H. and elsewhere.

Presented by the Hopkinton Town Library, 61 Houston Drive, Contoocook, NH  03229

Date: Saturday October 18, 2014, 7:00 p.m.

Free and open to the public

Contact person: Donna V. Dunlop, Director, Hopkinton Town Library

Phone:  (603) 746-3663

Fax: (603) 746-6799


“The Granite Men of Hackett Hill,” the story of the granite industry in Hooksett 
Presented by Robie’s Country Store Historic Preservation Corp.
Leo Belisle, a third generation granite worker and former operator of Belisle Granite, will lead the discussion.  His grandfather started cutting granite at their Hackett Hill quarry in 1900.
Robie’s Country Store, 9 Riverside Street, Hooksett, NH
Date: October 18,  2p.m
Contact: Hooksett Heritage Commission,

Open Hearth Cooking            
Presented by Peterborough’s  275th Anniversary; held at Monadnock Center for History & Culture, 19 Grove St.
This live demonstration will showcase 18th century recipes cooked over the open hearth. The recipes have been found in 18th century cookbooks and are prepared using historic cookware and cooking techniques. The Phoenix Mill House is a c. 1800 Cape Cod house and is located behind the Monadnock Center’s main building in downtown Peterborough. Free and open to the public.
Date: October 18, 10am - 3pm     
Contact, (603)924-3235.
Check Peterborough’s  275th Anniversary website for the latest updates:

Walking Tour: Manchester’s New Century Neighborhood
Presented by Manchester Historic Association
Visit the neighborhood of Manchester's movers and shakers when the new century dawned in the early 1900s. Learn about the amazing mansions of North River Road, and a controversial dump! Join local historians John Jordan and Dick Duckoff for a unique tour in the city's North End.
Date: Saturday, October 18, 10:00 a.m.- noon
Meet at the parking lot of the Brookside Congregational Church, corner of Elm and Clarke Streets.
$5 Manchester Historic Association members - $10 General Public
Pre-registration is required - Please call (603) 622-7531 

Moved and Seconded: Town Meeting in NH
Presented by Patch Library, 320 NH Route 25, Warren
Drawing on research from her book, Rebecca Rule regales audiences with stories of the rituals, traditions and history of town meeting, including the perennial characters, the literature, the humor, and the wisdom of this uniquely New England institution.
Date: October 18, 1 p.m.
Contact: Veronica Mueller, 764-9072
Funded by the New Hampshire Humanities Council

New Hampshire’s One-Room Rural Schools: The Romance and the Reality
Held at the Village School, 61 Lisbon Rd, Bath.
Hundreds of one-room schools dotted the landscape of New Hampshire a century ago and were the backbone of primary education for generations of children. Revered in literature and lore, they actually were beset with problems, some of which are little changed today. The greatest issue was fi nancing the local school and the vast differences between taxing districts in ability to support education. Other concerns included teacher preparation and quality, curriculum, discipline, student achievement and community involvement in the educational process. Steve Taylor explores the lasting legacies of the one-room school and how they echo today.
Date: October 18, 7 p.m.
Contact: Kathie Bonor, 747-3372
Funded by The New Hampshire Humanities Council

Cemetery Walk
Presented by Hopkinton Historical Society; held at Stumpfield Cemetery, located within Contoocook Village Cemetery, which is located at the intersection of Penacook Rd. and Main St. (Rt. 103) in Contoocook
Visitors will hear the stories of West Hopkinton’s “former” residents, portrayed by actors in period costumes, who will share something of their lives and times. The event is not scary; however, some of the themes in this year’s event may not be appropriate for young children. A central theme of the Cemetery Walk is West Hopkinton’s loss of identity as a geographic place.  The all-local cast is directed by Christine Hamm and the script’s author is Jeff Dalzell.
Date: October 18 and 19, 3:00 p.m.
The walk will begin inside at the gate of the Stumpfield Cemetery, which is located in the northwest corner of the Contoocook Village Cemetery (located at the intersection of Penacook Rd. and Main St. (Route 103) in Contoocook). Visitors are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes, and may want to bring a folding chair. The event will be held rain or shine. 
Tickets: $5 members/$10 non-members
Contact Heather Mitchell, Executive Director  Phone: 603-746-3825

Mount St. Mary Historic Marker Unveiling
Presented by the Mount Saint Mary’s Condo Association & the Hooksett Heritage Commission. Held at Mount St. Mary, Route 3, Hooksett.  Parking is available in the Hooksett Library parking lot.
Built in 1909 by the Sisters of Mercy, under their direction the site was a boarding school, elementary and high school, and then the first four-year women’s college in NH.  More than 550 acres of land were eventually a part of the campus.  Light refreshments following and a special opportunity to view the rotunda entrance, the billiards room, and the grand ballroom. 
Date: October 19, 2:00 p.m
Contact Hooksett Heritage Commission,

 “White Mountain Photography”  presented by  John Anderson

Presented by the Campton Historical Society; held at The Old Town Hall, Campton Hollow

Date: Monday, October 20, 2014, 7:00 pm

Contact person: Sandra Decarie

Email: sandra.decarie@gmail

Phone: 536-8172


 “The River That Runs Through Our Gate City”presented by Lauri Johnson, Development Manager of the Nashua River watershed Association

Presented by the Nashua Historical Society, 5 Abbott Street, Nashua, NH 

In the 1600s, the Nashua River was a transportation corridor with boats moving fur and other goods. During the industrial revolution its energy was harnessed to power mills and factories, and today the river is environmental, recreational and economic asset for Nashua.

Date: October 21, 2014,  7:30 p.m.

Contact person: Margaret Garneau


Tel: 883-0015




Discovering New England Stone Walls, The Granite Kiss by Kevin Gardner.
Presented by Bear-Paw Regional Greenways, the Hooksett Conservation Commission, and the Hooksett Library; held at Hooksett Library, 31 Mount Saint Mary’s Way, Hooksett, NH 03106
Author Kevin Gardner will touch upon stone wall history, technique, stylistic development, and aesthetics. He’ll also explain how and why New England came to acquire its thousands of miles of stone walls and the ways in which they and other dry stone structures were built.
Date: Tuesday, October 21, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Contact: 603.485.6092

New Hampshire’s Grange Movement: Its Rise, Triumphs and Decline. 
Presented by Madison Library, 1895 Village Rd.
Much of rural New Hampshire in the late 19th century was locked in a downward spiral of population decline, abandonment of farms, reversion of cleared land to forest and widespread feelings of melancholy and loss. The development of the Grange movement in the 1880s and 1890s was aided greatly by hunger for social interaction, entertainment and mutual support. As membership surged it became a major force in policymaking in Concord, and its agenda aligned closely with the Progressive politics that swept the state in early 20th century. Many Grange initiatives became law, placing the state at the leading edge in several areas of reform. Steve Taylor analyzes the rapid social and economic changes that would eventually force the steep decline of the once-powerful movement.
Date: October 21, 7 p.m.
Contact: Jan Eskedal, 367-8758
Funded by TheNew Hampshire Humanities Council

Seven to Save Announcement and Walking/Driving Tour of Kensington

Presented by the New Hamspshire Preservation Alliance in cooperation with the Kensington Historical Society

Join the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance for our 2014 Seven to Save Announcement and Annual Meeting plus walking tour of historic sites in Kensington. 

Date: October 22, 5-7pm (walking/driving tour is 3:30pm-5:00pm)

More details and registration available here.


A Walk Back in Time: The Secrets of Cellar Holes
Presented by the Town of Swanzey Open Space Committee; held at Swanzey Town Hall, 620 Old Homestead Highway
Northern New England is full of reminders of past lives: stone walls, old foundations, a century-old lilac struggling to survive as the forest reclaims a once-sunny dooryard. What forces shaped settlement, and later abandonment, of these places? Adair Mulligan explores the rich story to be discovered in what remains behind. See how one town has set out to create an inventory of its cellar holes, piecing together the clues in the landscape. Such a project can help landowners know what to do if they have archaeological sites on their land and help stimulate interest in a town’s future through its past.
Date: October 22, 7 p.m.
Contact: 352-3995
Funded by The New Hampshire Humanities Council

Cemetery Restoration by Jessica Davis
Presented by Cook Memorial Library
Learn how the inscription, symbolism and material of a gravestone can give us clues about the past. The process of restoring cemeteries will also be discussed, with a hands-on project being held in the Riverside Cemetery at 9 am on Saturday, November 1st. Jessica Davis has been doing cemetery restoration work for eleven years.  She has led the full restoration of sixteen cemeteries and has done individual stone work in dozens more.
Date: Wed October 22

A Walk Back in Time: The Secrets of Cellar Holes
Presented by George Holmes BixbyMemorial Library, 52 Main St., Francestown
Northern New England is full of reminders of past lives: stone walls, old foundations, a century-old lilac struggling to survive as the forest reclaims a once-sunny dooryard. What forces shaped settlement, and later abandonment, of these places? Adair Mulligan explores the rich story to be discovered in what remains behind. See how one town has set out to create an inventory of its cellar holes, piecing together the clues in the landscape. Such a project can help landowners know what to do if they have archaeological sites on their land and help stimulate interest in a town’s future through its past.
Date: October 23, 7 p.m.
Contact: Carol Brock, 547-2730
Funded by The New Hampshire Humanities Council

New Hampshire Cemeteries and Gravestones
Presented by the Barnstead Historical Society and the Oscar Foss Memorial Library; held at Town Hall, 108 S. Barnstead Rd., Center Barnstead
Rubbings, photographs, and slides illustrate the rich variety of gravestones to be found in our own neighborhoods, but they also tell long-forgotten stories of such historical events as the Great Awakening, the Throat Distemper epidemic, and the American Revolution. Find out more about these deeply personal works of art and the craftsmen who carved them with Glenn Knoblock, and learn how to read the stone “pages” that give insight into the vast genealogical book of New Hampshire.
Date: October 24, 7 p.m.,
Contact: 269-3900
Funded by They New Hampshire Humanities Council

Ghosts on the Banke
Presented by Strawbery Banke Museum, Portsmouth
Come and meet the Ghosts on the Banke at StrawberyBanke’s famous Halloween celebration. Long-dead sea captains, 17th century shopkeepers and wayward pirates haunt the streets of Portsmouth’s oldest neighborhood as you trick or treat safely from house to historic house.  Jack-O-lanterns light the way as you step over the threshold of time and meet the "Ghosts on the Banke." Discover pirate treasure. Visit with the wacky witch. Warm your weary bones by the bonfire.
Dates: October 24 & 25, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
$8 per person.Children 1 year or younger, free.Members, half-price (or according to their Membership Levels.

Halloween History Walk, book walk, pumpkin display and more!

Presented by the Campton Historical Society at Blair Cemetery – Blair Road Campton NH

Saturday, October 25, 2014,  3-5pm

Contact person:Sandra Decarie

Email: sandra.decarie@gmail

Phone: 536-8172

Web site:


Ghosts at the Museum
Presented by The American Heritage Museum, Exeter
Explore the Ladd-Gilman House and the Folsom Tavern by lantern light as some of the town’s most illustrious persons come to life for one night and tell you what it was like to be alive during the Revolutionary period! Afterwards hang out in the Folsom Tavern for light refreshments and a screening of the classic Abbot and Costello "Times of Their Lives"
Date: October 25, 6:00 – 8:00pm
$15.00 per person non-members; $10.00 per person members
Contact, Telephone: (603) 772-2622

A Walk Back in Time: The Secrets of Cellar Holes
Held at Veterans’ Hall, Route 103, Newbury
Northern New England is full of reminders of past lives: stone walls, old foundations, a century-old lilac struggling to survive as the forest reclaims a once-sunny dooryard. What forces shaped settlement, and later abandonment, of these places? Adair Mulligan explores the rich story to be discovered in what remains behind. See how one town has set out to create an inventory of its cellar holes, piecing together the clues in the landscape. Such a project can help landowners know what to do if they have archaeological sites on their land and help stimulate interest in a town’s future through its past.
Date: October 27, 7 p.m.
Contact: Gay Sheary, 763-4746
Funded by the New Hampshire Humanities Council

A Soldier’s Mother Tells Her Story
Presented by the Pittsfield Area Senior Center, Community Center, 74 Main St.
Speaking as Betsey Phelps, the mother of a Union soldier from Amherst, New Hampshire who died heroically at the Battle of Gettysburg, Sharon Wood offers an informative and sensitive reflection on that sacrifice from a mother’s perspective. Wood blends the Phelps boy’s story with those of other men who left their New Hampshire homes to fi ght for the Union cause and ofthe families who supported them on the home front. A luncheon will immediately follow the program. The public is invited to attend.
Date: October 28, 10:30 a.m
Contact: Leslie Vogt,435-8482
Funded by TheNew Hampshire Humanities Council

Stark Decency: New Hampshire’s World War II German POW Camp
Presented by Orford Library, 573 NH Rte. 10
During World War II, 300 German prisoners of war were held at Camp Stark near the village of Stark in New Hampshire’s North Country. Allen Koop, Dartmouth College, reveals the history of this camp, which tells us much about our country’s war experience and about our state.
Date: October 28, 7 p.m.
Contact: Sandra Gunther, 353-9756
Funded by The New Hampshire Humanities Council

New Hampshire Cemeteries and Gravestones
Held at Campbell High School,1 Highlander Court, Litchfield
Rubbings, photographs, and slides illustrate the rich variety of gravestones to be found in our own neighborhoods, but they also tell long-forgotten stories of such historical events as the Great Awakening, the Throat Distemper epidemic, and the American Revolution. Find out more about these deeply personal works of art and the craftsmen who carved them with Glenn Knoblock, and learn how to read the stone “pages” that give insight into the vast genealogical book of New Hampshire.
Date: October 28, 7 p.m.
Contact: Alex Robinson, 424-4044
Funded by The New Hampshire Humanities Council

Lecture: "'To the Spirit!': The Art of William Christopher and the Civil Rights Movement"
Presented by Dartmouth College Hood Museum of Artin the Hood Museum of Art Auditorium
Craig Steven Wilder, Professor and Head of History, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Diana L. Linden, Art Historian / Independent Scholar will share their recent research on artist and civil rights activist William Christopher (1924–1973), who taught at Dartmouth and drew inspiration from Martin Luther King Jr., and joined the March in Selma at King's invitation.
Date: October 29, 5:30 p.m.
Contact phone: (603) 646-2808

History Crawl: Haunted Pubs of Portsmouth,
Presented by Strawbery Banke Museum, Portsmouth; the Haunted Tour begins promptly at 6:30 in front of the Portsmouth Brewery.(Please note this is not a drinking tour.)  
A walking tour of Portsmouth's tavern history and ghost stories led by Roxie Zwicker of New England Curiosities.  Spend 90 minutes touring haunted spots downtown, ending at historic Pitt Tavern, where you will enjoy tastings of hard cider from Downeast Cider and local beer. (must be 21 or older to attend). Roxie Zwicker will stay to sign copies of two of her books, Haunted Pubs of New England and Haunted Portsmouth
Date: October 29, 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
General admission $29.00.Limited to 40 participants.Member discount.



Background on New Hampshire History Week:


New Hampshire History Week supports the preservation of New Hampshire's historical documents, artifacts and buildings, as well as its historic areas and archaeological sites, as a way of promoting the understanding of history. 


Established in 2011 with leadership from now-Senator David Watters of Dover, this annual proclamation of New Hampshire History Week is designed to encourage schools, historical societies, preservationists, libraries, museums, tourism groups and the general public to celebrate the importance of New Hampshire's history.



N.H. History Week coordinating committee partners include 


New Hampshire Humanities Council


New Hampshire Preservation Alliance


New Hampshire Department of Cultural Resources


New Hampshire Department of Education


New Hampshire Historical Society

and the Land and Community Heritage Investment Program










Visitors to Be Welcomed With NH History

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Jennifer Goodman and Beverly Thomas of the N.H. Preservation Alliance toured the new I93 northbound visitor center in Hooksett yesterday, along with other members of the N.H. Historic Agricultural Structures Advisory Committee. The Preservation Alliance and the Committee promote and support barn preservation throughout the state with technical and financial services. “The commitment by Alex Ray (in hard hat in photos) and the whole development team to New Hampshire businesses and traditions, and celebration of the state’s historic character, in this new development is tremendous,” noted Goodman.  UNH Cooperative Extension, the NH Division of Historical Resources and other agencies contribute to the Committee’s activities and positive impacts.

Links to stories about the tour below.


Declaration of Independence Signer House Is Now For Sale

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Ruth Albert has struggled for years to decide on the best long-term stewardship strategy for a house that has been in her family for seven generations.  In July, the house was listed for sale, and when a new buyer for the colonial home is found, the property of Josiah Bartlett, second signer of the Declaration of Independence, will be leaving the family for the first time since 1774.  Check out the WMUR-TV Chronicle piece on the place here.

The Josiah Bartlett House was built on The Plains in Kingston in 1774, and has remained in the family since then. It is one of only 23 National Historic Landmarks in New Hampshire, and stands in a local historic district along the town common on approximately 20 acres of fields and woodlands. No family members are available to purchase the property, and Albert, now retired, and her husband, have decided on a smaller property.  

Realtor Donna Carter notes that the property is well-suited for a bed and breakfast or history enthusiasts.  Albert is working with the N.H. Preservation Alliance on a preservation easement for the house that mirrors elements of the local historic district’s protection. Other New Hampshire National Historic Landmarks include homes of Daniel Webster, Franklin Pierce and Robert Frost.

About Josiah Bartlett:

The young Josiah Bartlett (1729-1795) moved to Kingston from Amesbury, Massachusetts in 1750 to establish a medical practice. When Kingston suffered a second outbreak of “throat distemper” in 1754, Dr. Bartlett discovered a successful treatment with quinine. In that same year, he married his cousin Mary Bartlett (1730-1789). They had twelve children, eight of whom lived to adulthood. Three of Bartlett’s sons became physicians; Dr. Levi Bartlett (1763-1828) lived in the homestead.

An active patriot, Josiah Bartlett became involved in Colonial era politics and was a vocal critic of the British policies. In 1774, he was chosen as one of the two delegates from New Hampshire to the First Continental Congress. He was unable to serve that year however, because his home was destroyed by fire, thought to have been set by British loyalists, and re-building his home required his attention. However, in 1775 and 1776, he travelled to Philadelphia as a member of the Congress and was the first to vote for the Declaration of Independence and the next to sign after John Hancock. He brought a linden tree back with him from Philadelphia, and it grows large and strong today in front of the house where he planted it, nearly 240 years ago. It blooms each year around the Fourth of July.

Despite not being a lawyer, Bartlett became involved in the judicial system. He was appointed to the N.H. Supreme Court and became Chief Justice in 1788. He remained active in the medical field and received an honorary MD from Dartmouth College in 1790. During the final years of his life, Josiah Bartlett served as the fourth Governor of New Hampshire from 1790 to 1794.

About the property:

The large home was built in 1774 and “updated” in the 19th century with Greek Revival detailing. A historic barn also stands on the property. 

Realtor Donna Carter is handling the sale. Her number is 603-770-0516.


Section 106 review process for Northern Pass now seeking consulting party input

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Where are we in the Northern Pass process from a preservation process standpoint? After a long period with no communication, the Department of Energy has invited those who requested an official “consulting party” status to share information about historic resources that might be affected by the project

Properties listed in or eligible for the National Register for Historic Places are considered historic. Note that areas, districts, objects and structures are all eligible as potentially historic resources, not just buildings.  Resources can be significant at the local or state level (not just of nationwide importance).  Examples of National Register listings are the Boom Piers and Mount Jasper Lithic Source in Berlin, Garland Mill in Lancaster, Old Meadow Bridge in Shelburne and the Waumbeck Cottages district in Jefferson.

 To date, the Preservation Alliance has urged DOE to undertake a comprehensive inventory of historic resources that might be affected by the new line.  Only a small percentage of historic resources have been previously evaluated. We have stressed that the setting and surrounding landscapes are just as important as the individual buildings or structures, and that the inventory of historic resources needs to include all areas within sight of the transmission line, not just those adjacent to the ROW’s.  We understand that determining this is a complex and extensive task, but it is essential to understanding the impacts of the project.

For information on how to participate in the process, contact Maggie Stier at 224-2281 or

The Preservation Alliance encourages our members to participate as consulting parties for the Northern Pass project under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act.. Section 106 mandates public discussion as part of the process to avoid, minimize, or mitigate harmful effects or impacts on historic resources that stand to be affected by the proposed transmission line.   The Preservation Alliance is a consulting party and will be participating in this Section 106 process, and we also want to help our members convey their concerns and information as well.

Not yet a consulting party? It’s not too late! Complete the Consulting Party Information Form here.  

 A citizens guide to the Section 106 process is at  Please contact Maggie Stier with any suggestions, questions or concerns at 603-224-2281 or


Help Improve the State Site Evaluation Committee Process

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Want to help improve the site evaluation committee process as it relates to historic properties in New Hampshire?

 N.H.'s Office of Energy and Planning has been convening stakeholders to provide input into a process launched by Senate Bill 99 (2013) that requires the Site Evaluation Committee to adopt rules "relative to criteria for the siting of energy facilities." 

More information here.

 You can offer your own comments or help us improve our current draft.The Preservation Alliance seeks to clarify definitions, application process and selection criteria for applicants and reviewers.


Achievement Winners Announced

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On May 13, seven projects across the Granite State were recognized by the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance for outstanding achievement in preservation at its annual announcement ceremony in Concord. The awards recognize individuals, organizations and corporations for work or projects in the categories of restoration, rehabilitation and stewardship as well as advocacy, planning and education. It is the Alliance’s 25th year of honoring preservation achievement, and a Manchester resident with exemplary commitment and contributions to heritage organizations, and a local organization that is considered a national leader in preservation innovation and practice were also honored. 

The seven winning projects range from the rescue of a rare early 1800s store and stagecoach shop to a new design for a historic 1950s military structure and revitalization of an old textile mill. “We welcome this opportunity to recognize outstanding projects and people, offer thanks, and inspire others,” said the Preservation Alliance’s Executive Director Jennifer Goodman.  

Ken Viscarello, chairman of the Alliance’s board of directors, noted the tenacity of the projects private developers and community advocates as well as the importance of investments by N.H. Community Development Finance Authority, the conservation and heritage license plate grant program, and the Land and Community Heritage Investment Program in several of the projects.

The seven construction projects are:

  • Danville Heritage Commission for the rescue and restoration of the Webster Stagecoach Stop and Store
  • Old Allenstown Meeting House Steering Committee, Town of Allenstown and The Allenstown Historical Society for the restoration of the Allenstown Meeting House
  • Shandra McLane for the revitalization of 32 Main Street, Ashland for Squam River Studios
  • City of Manchester, Board of Mayor and Aldermen, Planning and Community Development, Department of Public Works – Facilities Division for the revitalization of Dearborn Memorial Hall/Odd Fellows Hall
  • Dakota Partners, Inc. and Bank of America CDC for the rehabilitation of the Hillsborough Mills for the Pine Valley Lofts, Milford
  • Friends of Stark Park for stewardship of Stark Park, Manchester
  • New Hampshire Army National Guard State of New Hampshire, Adjutant General’s Department for outstanding design of new addition for the Milford Readiness Center.

Pat Meyers was recognized for her exemplary commitment and contributions to preservation efforts on the state and local level; she has made impressive contributions to individual historic places as well as several heritage-related organizations.  After her family worked with the Manchester Historical Association and Red Cross, Greater Manchester Chapter, Manchester to place a preservation easement on the Frank Pierce Carpenter House in 1994, she became very engaged in preservation activities. As a board member, chair, committee member and volunteer of the N.H. Preservation Alliance, Meyers has played a major role in transforming and sustaining the organization, according to Alice DeSouza, former director of the N.H. Division of Travel and Tourism and advisor to the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

She also has served as a trustee at the Manchester Historic Association, New Hampshire Historical Society and Strawbery Banke and helped with First Lady Susan Lynch’s effort to rehabilitate the Bridges House, the official governor’s residence in Concord. Under Meyers’ board leadership, the Moffatt-Ladd House and Garden in Portsmouth more than doubled its attendance and restored a significant 18th century coach house. Moffatt-Ladd Director Barbara Ward says that Pat is “a colleague to all, a woman who constantly reminds us of the importance of our mission of preservation and education, and is an inspiration to staff and volunteers alike.” 

The Preservation Alliance acknowledged Historic Harrisville, Inc.’s commitment to innovation, good business, and community-wide stewardship in an award for outstanding leadership in historic preservation.  The group formed in 1971, in reaction to the devastating bankruptcy of the town’s major employer and property owner, with a new, forward-thinking model of adaptive use to keep Harrisville a working town. One building at a time, the group raised money, found tenants who fit their vision, and preceded with renovation, while pursuing conservation and housing goals along the way.

Historic Harrisville continues to push the envelope with innovative and effective preservation strategies, according to the Alliance. They kept the post office in town when it planned to leave, reopened and now own and operate the village store, and they are reestablishing water power as a source of electricity for the mill, setting a new standard for energy conservation.  Preservation leaders that participated in this award nomination were hard pressed to offer specific examples of places Historic Harrisville has influenced outside of their town because their influence has, and continued to be, so pervasive.  “They made preservation about blue jeans, not blue hair,” said Linda Wilson, long-time deputy state historic preservation officer, “and they continue to be a shining example for towns everywhere.”

 This year’s award program is sponsored by Sheehan, Phinney, Bass + Green, Preservation Company, Common Man Family of Restaurants, Dakota Properties, Inc., Great Bridge Properties, North Branch Construction, Inc., Elizabeth Durfee Hengen Preservation Consultant, Thurston Millwork and CMK Architects, P.A. 

            The New Hampshire Preservation Alliance is the statewide membership organization dedicated to preserving historic buildings, communities and landscapes through leadership, education and advocacy. Current priorities include providing assistance to community leaders and promoting the use of easements, barn preservation and tax incentives.

See photos and read more about the 2014 Preservation Achievement Awards.



Early Town Meeting Results For Preservation

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We have some early reports of preservation-related voting yesterday, and results are mixed.

Money for the renovation of town halls was a big issue in several towns, but only Wolfeboro came away with a big win as far as we know.   There, $750,000 was pledged from private citizens to offset the total $4 million cost to renovation Brewster Memorial Hall (Seven to Save 2009).  Kudos to the Friends of Wolfeboro Town Hall for a successful seven-year effort! 

Disappointing votes came in on renovation projects for the Washington meetinghouse, the Bradford Town Hall, and relocation of town offices to the former Epsom meetinghouse (Seven to Save 2006).   

Also from Seven to Save, Boscawen’s 1913 library got the $25,000 in planning money it requested.  Rye approved funds for the final planning stage for  renovations and addition to their town hall.  And Belmont’s Heritage Commission has an additional $7500 to help with bandstand rehabilitation though their first try at adopting a Demolition Review ordinance failed.

Exeter voters approved the removal of the Great Falls Dam in Exeter, a head-of-tide dam that has been a landmark for centuries.   In Winchester, a petition warrant article to abolish the Historic District ordinance was defeated. 

Finally, funds were voted for the complete removal of the Cruft Block in Bethlehem, badly destroyed by fire last year.

We are still collecting and publicizing preservation-related votes, so please let us know what happened in your town. Contact Maggie Stier at or 224-2281.


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