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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 3, 2016

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

Final round of fundraising begins for John Gilbert Winant memorial in Concord

The final phase of fundraising for a statue and plaza to memorialize Governor and Ambassador John Gilbert Winant has begun.

Initial efforts focused primarily on raising funds for a bronze statue of Winant inviting passersby to sit on a park bench and spend some time with him. $165,000 in donations and pledges, ranging from $10 to $50,000, were raised for creation of the statue and long-range planning for the project.

The final fundraising push will focus on the plaza that will surround the statue. It will be ADA accessible and include granite panels describing Winant’s accomplishments, a 1930s-style lamppost and landscaping. An additional $100,000 is needed to complete this phase of the project.

The memorial will be located in front of the New Hampshire State Library at 20 Park St. in Concord.

Winant, whose many roles included governor of New Hampshire and ambassador to Great Britain during World War II, was known for his kindness to people from all walks of life. A Depression-era governor, Winant quietly gave 50-cent pieces to homeless people in Concord, allowing them to buy a hot meal and a place to stay for the night.

Prior to serving as New Hampshire Governor, Winant was elected to both the N.H. House of Representatives and the N.H. Senate. A graduate of St. Paul’s School, he was a decorated pilot in World War I, served as the first director of the Social Security Administration, and led the International Labor Organization. As ambassador, he would walk throughout London after bombings, personally assisting citizens on the streets of the capital.

“It would have been easy for Winant to live a life of privilege, but he instead chose to be a wonderful public servant,” said Rep. Steve Shurtleff, chair of the Winant Memorial Committee. “The memorial will be a fitting tribute to a man who spent his time helping – and listening to – people no matter what their circumstances were.”

For more information about the Winant statue, including how to contribute, visit www.winantmemorial.org.

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