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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 9, 2008

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

New Hampshire property added to the National Register for Historic Places

The New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources is proud to announce Concord’s Old North Cemetery has been honored by the United States Secretary of the Interior with placement on the National Register for Historic Places.

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 archeological resources.

Established in 1730 when Concord was the fledgling township of Penny Cook, Old North Cemetery remained the City’s only downtown burial ground for one hundred thirty years. Franklin Pierce, the 14th President of the United States and the only U.S. President born in New Hampshire, is buried there as are Revolutionary and Civil War veterans, industrialists and politicians important in Concord’s history.

Today the cemetery remains a welcoming, historic green space in the midst of Concord’s urban fabric. In recent years, the City of Concord has made significant strides forward in its preservation.

The Old North Cemetery joins a growing list of significant New Hampshire buildings, districts, sites, structures and objects that are important in defining the state’s history and character and that have been designated to the National Register for Historic Places.

For more information on the National Register program in New Hampshire, please visit www.nh.gov/nhdhr or contact Peter Michaud at the New Hampshire 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 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 www.nh.gov/nhdhr or call 603-271-3483.

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