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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 24, 2014

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

‘DHR Dig Days’ will explore history below, above ground

The N.H. Division of Historical Resources offices are set to become a hands-on historic preservation lab on April 30 and May 1, 2014. Visitors will be able to participate in an archaeological field school, discover more about the history of the building and its neighborhood, and learn how to uncover the history of their own neighborhoods and communities.

Located at 19 Pillsbury St. in Concord, the Division of Historical Resources’ offices are located in a former annex of the Margaret Pillsbury General Hospital, which opened in 1891 with 50 beds, a dedicated nursing classroom and a ward for contagious patients. That single building grew to be a complex that included an isolation ward, a surgical ward, open air wards, laboratory space, a power plant and residence space for student nurses.

The only building of the complex that still stands, the annex provided private and semi-private rooms for those who could afford more luxurious care than was generally available at the time. It opened in 1928 and was quickly filled to capacity.

“Throughout New Hampshire, historic properties are being used for new purposes,” said Elizabeth Muzzey, director of the Division of Historical Resources. “We hope that ‘DHR Dig Days’ will show that learning about a property’s past enriches how we look at it now and how we’ll view it in the future.”

April is “Archeology Month” in New Hampshire; May is designated “Preservation Month” across the United States.

The “DHR Dig Days” event will be open for visitors from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  on April 30 and May 1. For more information, please contact the 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, 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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