FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 8, 2011
Peter Michaud, NH Division of Historical Resources
Shelly Angers, N.H. Department of Cultural Resources
Alstead’s Shedd-Porter Memorial Library Added to the National Register
The New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources is proud to announce that the Shedd-Porter Memorial Library in Alstead has 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.
Since its construction in 1910, the Shedd-Porter Memorial Library has been an impressive focal point in downtown Alstead’s “Paper Village” district. Designed in the neoclassical style by Boston, MA architectural firm McLean & Wright, it is considered to be one of the most impressive library buildings in New Hampshire. Following a floor plan typical of other small library buildings of its time, it is constructed of choice materials and is marked by unusually sophisticated detailing and fine workmanship.
Like many libraries of the early twentieth century, the Shedd-Porter Memorial Library was donated to the town; Alstead natives John Graves Shedd and Mary Roenna Porter Shedd funded its construction in memory of their parents. Upon its completion, John Graves Shedd purchased and donated 2,000 new books. Today, the library contains 14,500 volumes.
The Shedd-Porter Memorial Library joins 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. The library is also listed to the New Hampshire State Register of 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.