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October 2016 Symposium

Celebrating 50 years fo the National Historic Preservation Act

We're Golden

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act, the N.H. Division of Historical Resources hosted “We’re Golden: Celebrating 50 Years of the National Historic Preservation Act,” a daylong symposium focusing on historic preservation in the Granite State, on October 28, 2016. Signed by President Lyndon Baines Johnson on Oct. 15, 1966, the NHPA declared that “the historical and cultural foundations of the Nation should be preserved as a living part of our community life and development in order to give a sense of orientation to the American people.”

“We’re Golden” focused specifically on New Hampshire success stories related to the NHPA’s Section 106. With its passage in 1966, Section 106 directed federal agencies to consider the effects of their projects on historical and archaeological resources.

Charlene Dwin Vaughn, Assistant Director at the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation in Washington, D.C., gave the symposium’s keynote address, "Exploring a 'New' Preservation, 1966-", setting the stage for six presentations that showcased Section 106's successes in New Hampshire. Each demonstrated the value and public benefit Section 106 reviews can add to a project, while also accomplishing a variety of government initiatives.

Lydia Kachadoorian; Federal Emergency Management Agency

The Wiswall Bridge Project: A Cooperative Effort of Community Recovery Adobe Acrobat

Robert Goodby, PhD; Monadnock Archaeological Consulting, LLC

Public Education as a Mitigation Measure at the Keene Middle School Adobe Acrobat

Maureen Beauregard; Families in Transition

Historically FIT Adobe Acrobat

Sarah Jordan; White Mountain National Forest

Historic Hiking Shelters of the WMNF Adobe Acrobat

• Sean T. James and Josif Bicja; Hoyle, Tanner & Associates

Bridge Engineering and the NHPA Adobe Acrobat

• Cpt. Logan T. Kenney; N.H. Army National Guard

Historic Buildings: Creative Design Strategies to Meet Preservation and Modernization Needs (Milford Readiness Center Addition) Adobe Acrobat

Three New Hampshire preservation veterans – Harry Kinter, Linda Ray Wilson and Gary Hume – reflected on some of the most meaningful Section 106 reviews in New Hampshire in a panel moderated by Sally Hirsh-Dickinson. A video recording of the panel is available at the NHDHR YouTube channel. A Governor's Commendation Adobe Acrobat recognizing the work of New Hampshire's preservation movement and a 50th anniversary cake completed the day of celebrations. To stay in the historic preservation loop, follow the NHDHR on our Twitter accounts @NHDHR_SHPO and @My_NewHampshire. You can also sign up for our newsletter, The Old Stone Wall. And share your own preservation successes on social media, using #mynewhampshire.

A special thank you goes to our sponsors and partners for helping make “We’re Golden” possible. Our sponsors are Hoyle, Tanner and Associates, Hunter Research, Public Archaeology Laboratory, SEARCH, and the N.H. Department of Transportation. Partners include the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance, PlanNH, - and you, for continuing to work to preserve our state’s history. Together, we can continue the preservation conversation started fifty years ago with the passing of the National Historic Preservation Act.


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