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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 7, 2010

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

State seeks input for 5-year Historic Preservation Plan

The New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources is seeking input for the upcoming New Hampshire Historic Preservation Plan, which will cover 2011-2015.

The Preservation Plan documents what all of New Hampshire—state government, municipalities, organizations and individuals—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.

Four public brainstorming sessions are scheduled to collect information from stakeholders across the state.  Anyone interested in sharing their input is encouraged to attend one or more of the following meetings:

  • April 27, Concord, 2 Pillsbury St., fifth floor, 3:30-6 p.m.
  • 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 any of these four sessions, 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 http://www.nh.gov/oep/events/spring_conference/index.htm.

Potential contributors are asked to visit the Division of Historical Resources website (www.nh.gov/nhdhr), click on the “NH State Historic Preservation Plan 2006-2010” link on the right, and familiarize themselves with the current plan. They are especially encouraged to read the section “A Progress Report” that begins on page 4.  Contributors can also comment on the plan and follow its progress on the website http://nhplan.blogspot.com.

“New Hampshire’s Historic Preservation Plan is a wonderful opportunity for the people of New Hampshire to come together and share thoughts about which historical resources are most important to them,” said Elizabeth Muzzey, director of the Division of Historical Resources and state historic preservation officer. “We hope that everyone who cares about the future of our state’s historical resources will offer their input.”

New Hampshire's Division of Historical Resources, the “State Historic Preservation Office,” was established in 1974. The historical, archeological, architectural, engineering and cultural resources of New Hampshire are among the most important environmental assets of the state. 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 us online at www.nh.gov/nhdhr or by calling (603) 271-3483.

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