FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 28, 2011
Shelly Angers, N.H. Department of Cultural Resources
N.H.’s preservation picks highlighted throughout May
New Hampshire’s identity is closely tied to its history. Our historic buildings, villages, bridges and landscapes remind us of who lived here before us, shape who we are today and help define how we plan for our future.
The New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources (NHDHR) will celebrate “May is Preservation Month” by highlighting a unique New Hampshire historic property on its website every day. Each entry will include a picture of the property as well as its location and a brief description.
Selections come from New Hampshire’s Five Year Preservation Plan: Points of Interest and Touring Map, the 2011-2015 state historic preservation plan. At brainstorming sessions held in preparation for the plan, attendees pinpointed their favorite historical places on a map of New Hampshire. Their picks span the state and represent many different types of properties. Most are also listed on the New Hampshire State or National Registers of Historic Places.
A sampling of profiled properties includes: Castle in the Clouds, Moultonborough; Mt. Jasper Mine archaeological site, Berlin; New Hampshire Iron Factory Blast Furnace, Franconia; Salmon Falls Village, Rollinsford; and the Stone Arch Bridge, Keene.
“As you’d expect, New Hampshire’s residents have an outstanding knowledge of and commitment to historic properties throughout the state,” said Elizabeth Muzzey, director of the NHDHR and state historic preservation officer. “We are so pleased to be able to share their thoughts and to raise awareness by showcasing these treasures every day in May.”
New Hampshire’s “May is Preservation Month” listings can be found by visiting www.nh.gov/nhdhr and clicking on the “May is Preservation Month—Learn more about historic properties in NH” link. The New Hampshire Department of Cultural Resources will also promote them each day on its Twitter feed, @NHCulture.
New Hampshire’s Five Year Preservation Plan: Points of Interest and Touring Map is available for download from the Division’s web site at http://www.nh.gov/nhdhr/programs/plan.htm. The NHDHR is seeking sponsorship to fund the publication of the plan in printed format, in order to distribute a copy to every public library in the state.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation organizes “May is National Preservation Month” as a nationwide event. Information about preservation month activities individuals and organizations can hold is available at http://www.preservationnation.org/take-action/preservation-month/.
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.