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2007 “Moose Plate” Grant winners announced

(Concord, NH) The New Hampshire Department of Cultural Resources is pleased to announce this year’s grants funded by the Conservation License Plate or “Moose Plate” program. The grants are administered through three Divisions within the Department: The State Library, Division of Historical Resources and the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts.

The three divisions distributed a combined total of just under $165,000 to 19 recipients for this year’s grants. The Division of Historical Resources, which evaluated 33 grant applications, gave out a total of $50,000 to six municipalities for projects that, according to the Division’s Deborah Gagne are “scattered all over the state and represent a range of different types of resources.”  The grant recipient’s projects include stained glass restoration at the Laconia Public Library, roof repair to the Haverhill-Bath Covered Bridge in Haverhill, repair/restoration work on Stevens Memorial Hall in Chester and restoration and preservation of the Mt. Washington Cemetery in Bethlehem.  Center Sandwich received funds for painting and preservation of the Sandwich Coach and several system upgrades will be made to the Danville Town House second floor restoration project.

The NH State Library (who received 8 applications and funded 7 of them) awarded funds slated to be used to conserve and microfilm town and militia records from the Town of Deering, school committee records in Manchester, election records in Nashua, the Intentions of Marriage book and town records in Barrington, 20th century maps of Gilmanton, the Town of Newbury’s earliest existing book and town records and to create a Preservation Plan for the Madison Public Library.

Van McLeod, Commissioner of the New Hampshire Department of Cultural Resources said, “We are thrilled at the number of grants awarded during this funding cycle. The entire Moose Plate grant process has been improved now that the Divisions within the Department are on the same funding schedule.”

Included in the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts 6 grant recipients are 2 cities, 1 town, 2 theatres and one non-profit organization.  The City of Portsmouth received funding to conserve the painting, “View of Portsmouth, NH” and the Players Ring, also in Portsmouth, will use their funds to replace their roof. The League of New Hampshire Craftsmen, Inc., was awarded funds to support finishing an Archive Project at the New Hampshire State Library, the Town of Bradford will preserve and restore an historical hand-painted curtain, the City of Concord will restore architectural paintings and velvet stage curtains and the Franklin Opera House will use the grant to fund restoration of its front steps to their original condition.

In 1998, The New Hampshire General Court passed the Conservation License Plate or “Moose Plate” initiative as a way to supplement existing state conservation and preservation programs with funding through voluntary public purchases of the plates. The Conservation License Plate supports the protection of critical resources in New Hampshire, from scenic lands to historic sites to wildlife.  Revenues from the sale of the plate are distributed through five state agencies. The Department of Cultural Resources distributes a portion of its share of these funds through its three divisions (Arts, Library, and Historical Resources) as cultural conservation grants.

The grants are available to non-profit or public institutions for the preservation and conservation of publicly owned cultural resources. Grants are awarded for activities that will enhance access to resources and safeguard rare or endangered treasures. For more specific information on each Division’s grant recipients, please contact the representative listed at the top of this release.

Deborah Gagne of the New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources reminds, “The more Moose Plates that are sold, the more great projects we will be able to fund”.  For more information on Moose Plates, please visit




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