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Van McLeod Tribute


N.H. Department of Cultural Resources Commisioner Van McLeod died July 18, 2016 in Concord, N.H. after 24 years of outstanding service to the people of New Hampshire.

As commissioner, he led a department of several divisions, each of which supports different aspects of culture in the state: arts, film and television, historical resources and libraries. He well understood how important each of these elements is to our state’s identity, and the profound impact they have on our economy.

Commissioner McLeod brought to the position decades of experience primarily in the arts, most notably in rock concert production, theatre and film. His resume included such wide-ranging experiences as touring on the Festival Express with Janis Joplin, the Grateful Dead and the Band; founding the North Country Center for the Arts in Lincoln and producing “Murals: Romanticizing the Violence,” a documentary about Northern Ireland’s Troubles.

A tireless promoter, Commissioner McLeod knew the importance of “telling the story” of New Hampshire, of our culture, our organizations and our people. He knew that stories are how people connect, and that strength and success will come from that.

Commissioner McLeod’s energy was matched only by his ability to bring people together. He served on numerous committees and boards while developing networking groups and encouraging others to do the same. He was as well known for his humor and compassion as he was for his devotion to supporting culture statewide.

Among the many accolades he received were received lifetime achievement awards from the New Hampshire Theatre Awards and the New Hampshire Travel Council, as well as the Granite State Award for outstanding public service. As a tribute to his service to the film industry, the New Hampshire Film Festival each year gives the Van McLeod Award for significant contribution to the film industry.

While he won many awards andaccolades throughout his career, perhaps the award he cherished most was the recognition that he was a great guy, universally liked and respected.

Read the Governor's Statement.

Read his obituary.

View images from the N.H. Department of Cultural Resources' "Celebration of the Life of Commissioner Van McLeod"

Contributions in the Commissioner's memory may be made to:
Gov. Winant Memorial
c/o Park Street Foundation
20 Park St.
Concord, NH 03301



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