FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 29, 2011
Shelly Angers, N.H. Department of Cultural Resources
New online map plots N.H. Historical Highway Markers
Just in time for fall foliage trips, the New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources has added an interactive map of the state’s historical highway markers to its website, www.nh.gov/nhdhr.
Visitors to the website can use Google Maps technology to easily navigate a map of New Hampshire and find locations of the state’s 200+ historical highway markers. A photo of each marker, along with its GPS coordinates and a search feature to find nearby landmarks and attractions, can be accessed by clicking on a marker’s location.
New Hampshire’s historical highway markers illustrate the depth and complexity of our history and the people who made it, from the last Revolutionary War soldier to contemporary sports figures to poets and painters who used New Hampshire for inspiration; from 18th-century meeting houses to stone arch bridges to long-lost villages; from factories and cemeteries to sites where international history was made.
“Historical highway markers form a trail of the state’s heritage, from Pittsburg to Hinsdale and Seabrook,” said Elizabeth Muzzey, director of the N.H. Division of Historical Resources and state historic preservation officer. “Each marker is initiated by a group of local advocates; the program reflects what people in New Hampshire feel is important and unique about our history.”
The New Hampshire historical highway marker program is jointly managed by the N.H. Division of Historical Resources and N.H. Department of Transportation.
Any municipality, agency, organization or individual wishing to propose a historical highway marker to commemorate significant New Hampshire places, persons or events must submit a petition of support signed by at least 20 New Hampshire citizens. They must also draft the text of the marker and provide footnotes and copies of supporting documentation, as well as a suggested location for marker placement.
New Hampshire's Division of Historical Resources, the “State Historic Preservation Office,” was established in 1974. The historical, archaeological, 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.