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The DHR Welcomes Laura Black as our Special Projects and Compliance Specialist

Laura Black

Laura S. Black recently joined the New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources as Special Projects and Compliance Specialist. Laura will be directing the Old State House Project and assuming "above-ground" compliance review for transportation projects.

With a B.A. in History from Binghamton University and an M.A. in History (Public History; Historic Preservation) from Arizona State University, Laura has worked in the museum and cultural resources management fields for more than 15 years.

Positions at a living history museum and a small historical society near her hometown on Long Island, New York solidified her interest in making a career out of a passion for history, the built environment, and material culture. In 1998 Laura accepted a position with a Philadelphia-area cultural resources management company. Initially intending to stay for a few years and then return to museum work, she stayed with the company for a decade finding "CRM enjoyable and challenging, in a position full of opportunities for professional development and growth." As Senior Project Manager, Laura gained extensive experience in conducting a wide range of federal, state, and local cultural resource compliance studies throughout the mid-Atlantic region. Laura also served on the board of the American Cultural Resources Association, and volunteered with her Pennsylvania-hometown's Main Streets program and the Community Design Collaborative of Philadelphia. Laura is happy to be here in New Hampshire where the dual-role position with the DHR "combines my interest and expertise in Section 106 and CRM with my life-long interest in Public History and museums." After work hours, Laura enjoys baking, quilting, and outdoor adventures. She is looking forward to exploring New England's hiking trails and waterways.

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