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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 29, 2010

Shelly Angers, N.H. Department of Cultural Resources
(603) 271-3136
shelly.angers@dcr.nh.gov

Maggie Stier, N.H. Preservation Alliance
603-224-2281, ext. 14
ms@nhpreservation.org

May is National Preservation Month

This May, the New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources and the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance invite everyone interested in our state’s heritage to become involved in National Preservation Month.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation’s theme for the month is “Old is the New Green.” Both the Division of Historical Resources and the Preservation Alliance emphasize that not only are N.H.’s historic buildings beautiful, functional reminders of our heritage, but also that investment in old houses, village centers and downtowns can conserve resources and contribute to local economies.

“With so much data now in on energy consumption, it’s clear that ‘the greenest building is the one that is already built,’” said Elizabeth Muzzey, director of the Division of Historical Resources and state historic preservation officer. “Rehabilitation projects save energy, create jobs and preserve the sense of place so many cherish in New Hampshire.”

Performing green renovations, such as adding storm windows and insulation in the attic and basement, can increase an old building’s energy-efficiency but still maintain its historical values. The National Trust’s website provides continually updated energy-efficiency information for owners of older and historic buildings at www.preservationnation.org/issues/weatherization/.

“Using green preservation practices for homes is important, but so is advocating within our communities for sound planning practices, including investment in downtowns and village centers, and protection of farmland and forest land,” said Jennifer Goodman, executive director of the N.H. Preservation Alliance. “There are green preservation ‘heroes’ across the state, conducting energy audits, repairing old windows, insulating attics and joining their local energy committees.”

During Preservation Month, the Division of Historical Resources is collecting information for the 2011-2015 New Hampshire Preservation Plan, which will document what all of New Hampshire—individuals, organizations, municipalities and state government—hopes to do to preserve our historical buildings, neighborhoods, downtowns, archaeological sites and traditional landscapes. The plan reflects recent success stories and lessons learned, and describes new challenges, priorities and directions for New Hampshire’s historical resources. It does not set a path just for what the Division of Historical Resources will do over the next five years. Instead, it describes what the entire state hopes to do to protect, preserve and revitalize our historical legacy.

One public meeting has already been held to gather information for the plan, and three are scheduled: May 3, Keene, Public Library Annex, 6-8 p.m.; May 11, Littleton, Community House, 3-6 p.m; May 17, Portsmouth, Discover Portsmouth Center 4-6 p.m.

For more information about the State Historic Preservation Plan, please contact the Division of Historical Resources at (603) 271-3483 or via email at preservation@dcr.nh.gov.

An additional session, co-sponsored by the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance and Plan NH, will be held as part of the N.H. Office of Energy and Planning’s 2010 Spring Planning and Zoning Conference, May 8, 2010, at the Radisson Hotel in Nashua, N.H. More information about the conference is available at www.nh.gov/oep/events/spring_conference/index.htm.

Those interested in contributing to the plan may also do so at http://nhplan.blogspot.com/.

On May 18, the N.H. Preservation Alliance will present its Annual Preservation Achievement Awards, which recognize individuals, organizations, or businesses in the categories of restoration and stewardship, rehabilitation and adaptive use, compatible new construction, public policy and educational and planning initiatives. In previous years, awards have gone for the rescue of the Daniel Webster Farm, the renovation of the Wentworth-by-the-Sea Hotel, the re-use of the Plymouth Railroad Station, a walking tour of Antrim designed by local fifth-graders, and nearly 150 other projects.

The Preservation Alliance’s calendar of events lists other activities for preservationists at www.nhpreservation.org/html/events.htm. Fans of history and older buildings can also search under “history” at www.nh365.org for additional programs across the state.

To learn more about the Division of Historical Resources, visit www.nh.gov/nhdhr.

To learn more about the Preservation Alliance, visit www.nhpreservation.org.

To learn more about the National Trust for Historic Preservation, visit www.preservationnation.org.

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