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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 27, 2016

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

Many ways to celebrate Preservation Month in NH

The N.H. Division of Historical Resources has announced a variety of ways that people can celebrate the state’s historic places during national “May is Preservation Month.”

On May 2 and 3 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., a mini archaeology field school will take place at the NHDHR offices, located at 19 Pillsbury St. in Concord. The offices are in the last remaining building of the former Margaret Pillsbury Hospital Complex, and the “Dig Days” excavation will focus on the foundation of the adjacent Foster Ward. The public is invited to visit and learn more about archaeology.

For those unable to attend “Dig Days,” the NHDHR has ways to become involved in historic preservation by using online tools.

“My New Hampshire: New Hampshire’s Five-Year Preservation Plan, 2016-2020” is available for download from the NHDHR website, nh.gov/nhdhr. The plan offers a comprehensive look at historic preservation in the state, a summary of preservation successes over the last five years, and a vision and strategies for protecting and promoting New Hampshire’s special historic places moving forward.

Also accessible from the NHDHR website is “My New Hampshire,” a photo sharing website launched in 2015. The public has submitted more than 120 photos and information about favorite historic places in the state and the site has become a valuable resource for viewing historic places that help shape New Hampshire’s identity.

In time for Preservation Month, the NHDHR has launched two Twitter accounts, @My_NewHampshire and @NHDHR_SHPO as well as a YouTube account.

“Historic preservation in New Hampshire is wide-ranging and dynamic, and we’re pleased to be able to offer so many different ways for people to pursue their preservation interests,” said Elizabeth Muzzey, director of the NHDHR and state historic preservation officer.

“In an extra effort to raise awareness, we’re also asking people to incorporate the hashtag #MyNewHampshire in their preservation posts on social media.”

National Preservation Month was established by the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 1973.

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 nh.gov/nhdhr or call 603-271-3483.

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