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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 12, 2009

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

Learn to Preserve Your Community’s Character: March 27

BELMONT—The Belmont Heritage Commission, with The New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources and the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance, invites you to join them for “Community Preservation,” a workshop presented on Friday, March 27 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Belmont Mill, an award-winning adaptive reuse project in Belmont, NH.

The workshop fee is $15, which includes dinner. Reservations are required and may be made by calling the NH Preservation Alliance at (603) 224-2281 or by emailing Beverly Thomas at bt@nhpreservation.org. Full details are available on the NH Preservation Alliance website at www.nhpreservation.org.

The workshop begins with a self-guided walking tour of the Belmont Factory Village district. Meredith architect Christopher Williams and Belmont Town Historian Wallace Rhodes will then recall the extraordinary effort that spared the Belmont Mill from demolition in the 1990s. Under the guidance of Plan NH, the public visioning process for the mill helped spearhead efforts to save the nationally significant brick building, now a multipurpose center of community activity.

Maggie Stier, field service representative for the NH Preservation Alliance, and Nadine Peterson, preservation planner for the New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources, will lead a participatory workshop covering the basics of organizing and running a local Heritage Commission and the community role these organizations serve in conducting an inventory of historic resources, raising funds for specific preservation projects, and advocating for town-wide preservation programs.

The final portion of the workshop includes a buffet supper at the Belmont Mill’s Food for Thought Cafe, presented by the Student Hospitality Club of the Lakes Region Community College’s Culinary Arts department located in the Belmont Mill. Over a dinner of traditional New England fare, preservation experts will lead four different roundtable discussions on topics of interest to Heritage Commission members, allowing time for questions and mentoring between towns.

About the New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources:

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.

About the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance

The N.H. Preservation Alliance believes the best way to help preserve the character of New Hampshire is to work closely with communities, homeowners and a variety of partners to provide technical expertise, financial assistance and supportive policies. Two core program areas -- Preservation Services and Public Policy-- work together to advance preservation in the Granite State. For more information, visit www.nhpreservation.org or call (603) 224-2281.

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