FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 25, 2011
Shelly Angers, N.H. Department of Cultural Resources
Peter Michaud, NH Division of Historical Resources
Salem Common, Pelham Library named to National Register of Historic Places
The New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources is proud to announce that the Salem Common Historic District and the Pelham Library and Memorial Building have been honored by the United States Secretary of the Interior with placement on the National Register of 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 archaeological resources.
These are the first listings to the National Register for both Salem and Pelham.
Functioning as a local center of civic, religious, educational and community life for more than two hundred years, the Salem Common Historic District is a well-preserved example of a traditional rural New Hampshire townscape. The District’s meetinghouse was originally constructed in 1738 and underwent major renovations in 1838 and 1899; it continued to serve as the site for annual town meetings until 1958. Throughout the years, a variety of other historic civic buildings—including a town library, hose house, cemetery, common and memorials—were added to serve Salem’s ever-changing local government needs.
The Pelham Library and Memorial Building was constructed in 1896 and includes a memorial room to honor Pelham men who fought in the Civil War. Its notable colonial revival design is by architect Frederick W. Stickney of the firm Stickney & Austin in Lowell, Mass. Originally built as a library and meeting space for the town officers, it is now home to the Pelham Historical Society.
The Salem Common Historic District and the Pelham Library and Memorial Building join 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.
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.