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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 5, 2007

Conctact: Kristen Harbaugh
kharbaugh@library.state.nh.us

NH Division of Historical Resources names new Director

(Concord) The New Hampshire Department of Cultural Resources Commissioner Van McLeod is pleased to announce that Elizabeth H. Muzzey of Concord has been appointed to the position of Director of the Division of Historical Resources.

Muzzey, who will also serve as State Historic Preservation Officer, has worked for the Division since 1999. She began working for the state in 1993 at the Department of Transportation as an Historian and Cultural Resource Manager, implementing federal and state regulations protecting historical resources for transportation projects throughout the state. She also oversaw the New Hampshire Historic Bridge Inventory.

She began her tenure at the Department of Historical Resources as an Historian and State Survey Coordinator where she spent much time establishing the NH State Register of Historic Places Program and the NH Barn Survey.

In addition to her lifelong love of history, Elizabeth is an avid gardener and fly fisherman.  When not on the water or in the garden, Beth spends much of her free time working with her two Chinook sled dogs.  She and her family live in Concord.

“Our historical and archeological resources are an essential part of what makes New Hampshire unique. It’s an honor and privilege to be involved in their preservation,” Muzzey said.

Elizabeth earned a Masters degree in Preservation Studies from the American and New England Studies Program at Boston University. She is currently taking graduate coursework in Education at Franklin Pierce University.  Her undergraduate work was done at Gordon College, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in History, with concentrations on museum management and philosophy.

“We are thrilled to have Beth in this new role as Director of the Division of Historical Resources. She’s been such a vital part of the team for years and we’re happy to now have her at the helm”, said Van McLeod, Commissioner of the NH Department of Cultural Resources.

About the New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources:

New Hampshire's "State Historic Preservation Office" was established in 1974 as the Division of Historical Resources. 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 us online at www.nh.gov/nhdhr or by calling (603) 271-3483.

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