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Preservation and conservation projects receive Moose Plate grants

The New Hampshire State Library recently awarded its 2008/2009 Conservation Grants. This year, more than $72,000 was allotted to New Hampshire communities for projects ranging from preserving early vital records and photographs to conserving a 19th-century lithograph.

Funded through the “Moose Plate” program, the New Hampshire State Library’s Conservation Grant Program awards grants for the planning and implementation of projects that involve the preservation and conservation of publicly owned documents that are significant to New Hampshire’s cultural heritage and are normally collected by libraries. These documents include artifacts, paper-based collections, microfilm, photographs and manuscripts.

“Since 2003 the State Library has been pleased to award Conservation Grants to dozens of projects that help enhance access to resources and safeguard rare or endangered treasures,” said Michael York, New Hampshire state librarian. “The projects funded this year will help make sure that key documents about New Hampshire will be available for future generations.”

The following projects received 2008/2009 New Hampshire State Library Conservation grants:

  • Conant Public Library (Winchester)—preserving Winchester, N.H. photographic history
  • Concord Public Library—Conservation and reframing of colorized 1860 Henry Moore lithograph of Concord
  • Exeter Public Library—Preservation of Old Exeter, N.H. directories
  • Fiske Free Library (Claremont)—Historical reference preservation project
  • N.H. Division of Archives & Record Management (Concord)—New Hampshire Town Charter records conservation project
  • New Hampshire Veterans Home (Tilton)—The New Hampshire Home for the Disabled Soldiers building plan preservation
  • Rochester Public Library—Rochester, N.H. historical newspaper preservation microfilming project
  • Salisbury Historical Society—conservation and microfilming of Salisbury early town records, Phase II
  • Town of Acworth—Preservation of Acworth’s early vital records
  • Town of Bradford—Bradford historic record preservation
  • Town of Brookfield—Archival vault project
  • Town of Randolph—Randolph town records preservation and digitization
  • Town of Warren—Warren town records preservation

In 1998, the State Legislature established the Conservation License Plate Trust Fund, to be funded from the sales of special license plates, commonly known as “Moose Plates.” The Trust supplements existing state environmental and cultural conservation and preservation programs. The New Hampshire State Library is one division of the Department of Cultural Resources that awards grants from “Moose Plate” funds; the others are the New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources and the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts.

“Everyone who cares about preserving and conserving New Hampshire’s culture should have a Moose Plate on their car,” said Department of Cultural Resources Commissioner Van McLeod. “The small amount of money it costs to upgrade to a Moose Plate is really an investment in our state, as that fee goes right back to local communities.”

As the oldest State Library in the country, dating from 1717, the New Hampshire State Library promotes excellence in libraries and library services to all New Hampshire residents, by assisting libraries and the people of New Hampshire with rapid access to library and informational resources through the development and coordination of a statewide library/information system; by meeting the informational needs of New Hampshire’s state, county and municipal governments and its libraries; and by serving as a resource for New Hampshire. For more information, visit

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 or to arrange an interview with State Librarian Michael York or Commissioner Van McLeod, Please contact Shelly Angers, 603-271-3136,



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