FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 2, 2009
Peter Michaud, NH Division of Historical Resources
Shelly Angers, N.H. Department of Cultural Resources
New Hampshire property added to the National Register for Historic Places
The New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources is proud to announce Hillsborough’s Union Chapel has been honored by the United States Secretary of the Interior with placement on the National Register for Historic Places.
Administered by the National Park Service, which is part of the U.S. Department of the Interior, the National Register of Historic Places is the nation’s official list of cultural resources worthy of preservation and is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate and protect our historic and archeological resources.
Built in 1886-87 by the Ladies Aid Society, a group formed four years earlier for the purpose of providing a gathering space and chapel for Hillsborough’s lower village, Union Chapel is a wonderful example of vernacular Victorian building combining the Stick and Queen Anne styles. Built at a total cost of $2,081.38, the chapel was used for religious services, community suppers, and Ladies Aid Society Meetings where members conducted business, socialized, took up handiwork, and planned fundraisers for local charities and the building’s maintenance.
Today the Ladies Aid Society continues to serve the community of Hillsborough, allowing use of Union Chapel for community programs, non-denominational services in the summer, and the planning of a variety of fundraisers for the building’s maintenance and for the benefit of local charities including the local nursing home, food pantry, and donations for neighbors and children in need.
Union Chapel joins a growing list of significant New Hampshire buildings, districts, sites, structures and objects that are important in defining the state’s history and character and that have been designated to the National Register for Historic Places.
For more information on the National Register program in New Hampshire, please visit www.nh.gov/nhdhr or contact Peter Michaud at the New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources at (603) 271-3483, [email protected].
New Hampshire’s Division of Historical Resources, the “State Historic Preservation Office,” was established in 1974. The historical, archaeological, architectural and cultural resources of New Hampshire are among its most important environmental assets. Historic preservation promotes the use, understanding and conservation of such resources for the education, inspiration, pleasure and enrichment of New Hampshire’s citizens. For more information, visit www.nh.gov/nhdhr or call 603-271-3483.