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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 18, 2008

Shelly Angers, N.H. Department of Cultural Resources
(603) 271-3136

Six historic conservation projects receive Moose Plate grants

The New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources recently announced that six projects focused on conserving historic buildings will receive funding through its Conservation License Plate Grant program.

Through this program—which is also known as the “Moose Plate” grant program—the Division of Historical Resources awards funds to projects that work on the conservation and preservation of significant publicly owned historic resources or artifacts that contribute to New Hampshire’s history and cultural heritage.

“New Hampshire’s unique historical resources bring our past to life and help to define our state’s culture today,” said Elizabeth Muzzey, director of the Division of Historical Resources. “Conserving these resources ensures that what it means to be from New Hampshire will be accessible to future generations.”

The 2008 projects receiving Conservation License Plate Grants from the Division of Historical Resources are:

  • The Old Allenstown Meeting House Rehabilitation Project, Phase I-III (Allenstown)—to continue the long-term preservation of the building by repairing existing clapboards.
  • Cheshire Railroad Depot Restoration Project (Troy)—to refinish the floor in the waiting room and the stationmaster’s office.
  • The Frost Place: 2008 Moisture Rehabilitation Project (Franconia)—to apply borate treatment for the first floor and cellar framing, install suitable gutters and downspouts, and re-grade the west side of the house.
  • Lisbon Historic Railroad Station Restoration (Lisbon)—to finish the restoration of the building by painting the exterior, installing floor tile and repairing window frames.
  • Head School (Hooksett)—to enable interior repairs to the tin ceiling, refinish the floor and repair damaged plaster.
  • Epsom Historic Meetinghouse (Epsom)—to repair broken historic stained glass windows.

The Conservation License Plate Program’s grants are funded from the sale of “Moose Plate” license plates. A portion of the funds raised each year through the program is allocated to the Department of Cultural Resources which, in turn, makes funds available to the Division of Historical Resources.

“Purchasing a Moose Plate is a great way to show that you care about New Hampshire’s culture,” said Department of Cultural Resources Commissioner Van McLeod. “The $35 cost the first year you register your plate—and the $30 each year thereafter—goes right back to New Hampshire’s communities to support a variety of cultural projects.”

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 or call 603-271-3483.

New Hampshire’s Department of Cultural Resources includes the State Council on the Arts, the Film and Television Office, the Division of Historical Resources, the State Library and the American Canadian French Cultural Exchange Commission. The Department strives to nurture the cultural well-being of our state. From the covered bridges and traditional music of our past to the avant-garde performances and technological resources of today and tomorrow, New Hampshire’s culture is as varied as its geography and its people. This strong cultural base—which truly has something for everyone—attracts businesses looking for engaged workforces, provides outstanding educational opportunities and creates communities worth living in. Learn more at


NOTE TO EDITORS: For more information about the Division of Historical Resources Conservation License Plate Grant Program, please contact Shelly Angers, 603-271-3136,



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