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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 14, 2016

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

Meeting scheduled regarding Downtown Portsmouth National Register listing

A public information meeting focusing on Portsmouth Downtown Historic District’s nomination to the National Register of Historic Places will take place on June 28, 6:30 p.m. at the Seacoast Repertory Theatre, 125 Bow St. in Portsmouth.

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 archaeological resources.

Portsmouth Downtown Historic District would be one of the largest, most comprehensive listings in New Hampshire to be included on the National Register. Its nomination is part of the mitigation of the Memorial Bridge replacement project.

Listing to the National Register does not impose any new or additional restrictions or limitations on the use of private or non-federal properties. Listings identify historically significant properties and can serve as education tools and increase heritage tourism opportunities.The rehabilitation of National Register-listed commercial or industrial buildings may qualify for certain federal tax provisions. In New Hampshire, listing to the National Register makes applicable property owners eligible for grants such as the Land and Community Heritage Investment Program or LCHIP (lchip.org) and the Conservation License Plate Program (nh.gov/nhdhr/grants/moose).

For more information about the National Register of Historic Places and specifically the Portsmouth Downtown Historic District nomination, contact Peter Michaud at the N.H. Division of Historical Resources, peter.michaud@dcr.nh.gov, 603-271-3583.

New Hampshire's Division of Historical Resources, the “State Historic Preservation Office,” was established in 1974. The historical, archeological, architectural, engineering and cultural resources of New Hampshire are among the most important environmental assets of the state. 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 us online at nh.gov/nhdhr or by calling 603-271-3483.

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