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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.

 

Seven to Save Announcement and Tour Event Oct 22

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The New Hampshire Preservation Alliance, the statewide non-profit dedicated to preserving historic buildings, knows what’s historically important in this state.  And they know what’s at risk because they get calls every day from people needing help for places they care about.  

So when October comes around and the Alliance announces its annual list of Seven to Save, it means something.  It’s a highly sought after designation, and has been effective in providing a  means to get broader attention, a boost from investors, and an opportunity to engage more people in creative solutions. 

 

This year, the Alliance will announce its Seven to Save list on Wednesday, October 22, at 5 pm in Kensington.  The event is a means to recognize the value of saving and reviving historic places that are important to both local communities and our statewide heritage.  And it is a call to action so that these important places might get what they need to continue as defining elements of their communities. 

 

 

Before the announcement, the Preservation Alliance will offer a walking and driving tour and open house of historic buildings in Kensington, in conjunction with Preservation Company and the Kensington Historical Society.  “Our statewide organization chose to highlight Kensington because it’s a great preservation example,” said Maggie Moody Stier of the Preservation Alliance. “We can highlight fascinating local history, big preservation challenges and work in progress,” she said.  In 2012, the Kensington Town Hall was named to Seven to Save, and the tour will include an overview of rehabilitation efforts now underway there. 

 

Since 2006, when the Seven to Save program began, over half the listed properties have moved from “threatened” to “saved” or out of danger.  Major success stories include Pandora Mill in Manchester, the restored Acworth Meetinghouse, and the Mill Pond Dam in Durham.  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 would help in preserving or protecting the property.  Preservation activity contributes to the character of communities and the economic vitality of the state according to Stier.

Seven to Save program sponsors include The Lewis Family Foundation; Anagnost Companies, Ian Blackman LLC; Milestone Engineering & Construction; Christopher P. Williams Architects PLLC;  HEB Engineers; Lavallee/Brensinger Architects; TMS Architects; and Ned Tate, Tate & Foss/Sotheby’s. The event also includes the Alliance’s annual meeting.

Rain or shine. Don't need reservation to attend. Information at 603-224-2281 or 470-7207.

The New Hampshire Preservation Alliance is the statewide membership organization dedicated to preserving historic buildings, communities and landscapes through education, resources and advocacy.  

 

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.

LCHIP

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?

 

ENERGY ISSUES

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?

HOUSING

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 jg@nhpreservation.org. 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
http://www.peterborough275.org/

 

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

Email: jpappathan@nhahs.org

Phone: 603-669-4820

Web site: www.aviationmuseumofnh.org

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/nhahs

 

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.
http://www.peterborough275.org/

 

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

 Email: info@jacksonhistory.org

 Phone: 603-383-4060

Web site: www.jacksonhistory.org

 

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
Email: dstjean@sau74.org
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

Email:  education@gundalow.org

Phone:   603.433.9505

Web site:  www.gundalow.org

 

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 jnmoyer@unh.edu

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 www.MonadnockCenter.org or (603)924-3235.
Check Peterborough’s  275th Anniversary website for the latest updates. http://www.peterborough275.org/

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 linec@nec.edu

"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
Hooksett.Heritage@myfairpoint.net

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

ddunlop@hopkintontownlibrary.org

Phone:  (603) 746-3663

Fax: (603) 746-6799

www.hopkintontownlibrary.org

www.CivilWarFolkMusic.com

 

“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, Hooksett.Heritage@myfairpoint.net

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 www.MonadnockCenter.org, (603)924-3235.
Check Peterborough’s  275th Anniversary website for the latest updates: http://www.peterborough275.org/

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 hmitchell@hopkintonhistory.org  Phone: 603-746-3825
www.HopkintonHistory.org
www.facebook.com/HopkintonHistorialSociety

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, Hooksett.Heritage@myfairpoint.net

 “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

www.CamptonHistorical.org

 

 “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

E-Mail: nashuahistorical@comcast.net

Tel: 883-0015

Website:  www.nashuahistoricalsociety.org

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nashua-Historical-Society/116369948391367

 

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 
http://tamworthlibrary.org/

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: www.CamptonHistorical.org

 

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  info@independencemuseum.org, Telephone: (603) 772-2622
http://www.independencemuseum.org/

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
Email: hood.museum@dartmouth.edu

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.

http://www.unionleader.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014140909157&NL=1

http://www.concordmonitor.com/news/work/business/13401638-95/an-experience-new-i-93-hooksett-welcome-centers-to-be-open-by-christmas

 

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 ms@nhpreservation.org.

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 http://www.achp.gov/docs/CitizenGuide.pdf.  Please contact Maggie Stier with any suggestions, questions or concerns at 603-224-2281 or ms@nhpreservation.org.

 

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