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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 8, 2014

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

Applications sought for downtown Portsmouth National Register nomination RFP

The N.H. Division of Historical Resources is seeking applications, through a formal request for proposals process, to prepare a National Register of Historic Places nomination for downtown Portsmouth.

The City of Portsmouth contains a large number of historic resources. While a downtown historic district in Portsmouth has been recognized as National Register-eligible by federal and state agencies, a formal nomination must be completed and approved in order for official National Register status to be given.

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.

The National Register nomination is being prepared as mitigation for the adverse effect of the loss of the historic Memorial Bridge.

Successful candidates for this project will need to be 36 CFR 61 qualified and to have successfully completed at least one National Register nomination for a historic district within the last five years. They will also need to demonstrate a thorough knowledge of New England history and architectural history, New England archaeology and all National Register of Historic Places guidelines appropriate for this project. Due to the scope and complexity of this project, a multi-disciplinary team approach is required.

Complete proposals are due at the N.H. Division of Historical Resources in Concord by 4 p.m. on February 21, 2014. For more information, visit www.nh.gov/nhdhr.

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.

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