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The Department of Cultural Resources (DCR) became the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources (DNCR) on July 1, 2017 when its divisions, the State Library, State Arts Council and Division of Historical Resources, merged with the Division of Parks & Recreation and the Division of Forests & Lands, formerly of the now-dissolved Department of Resources & Economic Development. The Film Office joined the Department of Business and Economic Affairs on July 1, 2018.

This website serves as an archive of press releases and other information created by the DCR prior to the formation of the DNCR and continues to serve as an important information resource.

For up-to-date information from the DNCR, visit

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

History and technology sync up for updated NH Historical Highway Markers map

As spring arrives and people begin planning trips around the Granite State, the N.H. Division of Historical Resources has released a new version of its popular online New Hampshire Historical Highway Markers map.

Designed for both mobile and desktop use, the updated historical highway marker website features an overview map of the state that shows the locations of each marker. Users can click on any marker to find out its subject and location, learn which number marker it is – there are currently 244 – and see a photo of it.

The new website also divides the state into geographic regions; tabs at the top of the page bring users to maps of each region, with images of all markers located there. Clicking on any of the markers brings up a larger image of it.

Driving directions using Google maps are also available, as are zoom and pan capabilities on the map itself.

New Hampshire’s historical highway markers serve as signposts of the state’s history and the people who made it. Subjects range from Abenaki Native Americans to poets, painters and contemporary sports figures; from meeting houses to stone arch bridges and long-lost villages; and from factories and cemeteries to places where international history was made.

The program began in 1958, when the first marker, “Republic of Indian Stream” was installed in Pittsburg. The most recently installed marker, “Revolutionary War Drummer William Diamond,” is in Peterborough.

“We hope the website will inspire people to go and visit the places where our history happened,” said Elizabeth Muzzey, director of the N.H. Division of Historical Resources and state historic preservation officer. “The regional maps make it possible to create a driving tour or to preview a planned trip.”

Any municipality, agency, organization or individual wishing to propose a historical highway marker to commemorate significant New Hampshire places, persons or events must submit a petition of support signed by at least 20 New Hampshire residents. They must also draft the text of the marker and provide footnotes and copies of supporting documentation, as well as a suggested location for marker placement.

The New Hampshire historical highway marker program is jointly managed by the N.H. Division of Historical Resources and N.H. Department of Transportation.

To learn more about New Hampshire Historical Highway Marker Map program and to access the map, visit and click on the “N.H. Historical Highway Markers” logo on the right.

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.




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