Inside the Alliance

 

Our Beginnings

First Board Chair: John "Chick" Colony in Harrisville

First Board Chair: John "Chick" Colony in Harrisville

Inherit New Hampshire (INH) was formed in 1985 as a response to concerns about rapid growth that was eroding the character of traditional New Hampshire communities and landscapes.  A task force of business and civic leaders envisioned an active, statewide organization to advance preservation policy and address the needs of local communities and individuals. Many other states formed similar organizations around this time, the result of national historic preservation legislation in the 1960s, a growing environmental movement, and renewed interest in history following the nation's bicentennial in 1976.

Lyme Horse Sheds: The Lyme Horse Sheds Restoration Committee was a winner at our first Preservation Awards in 1989.

Lyme Horse Sheds: The Lyme Horse Sheds Restoration Committee was a winner at our first Preservation Awards in 1989.

While it is difficult not to acknowledge each individual who helped shape the organization, all agree that the early years owe much to INH's first Board Chair Chick Colony, its first Executive Director John Page, and Martha Fuller Clark, who has remained a steadfast supporter, advisor and champion.

After fifteen years of steady growth, INH had raised its profile throughout the state, professionalized its operations and expanded its membership.  The name was changed to the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance to underscore both its historic preservation mission and its reliance on many partners.  

The Alliance Today

The organization's impact has continued to grow as a result of programs and services tailored to meet changing constituent needs. The New Hapshire Preservation Alliance is now a highly regarded voice for preservation, and a resource for hundreds of members, partners, colleagues and the media.  We have been part of successful preservation efforts across the state, helping to save and revive individual buildings, improve downtown vitality and protect community character. We have been strong advocates for preservation-friendly preservation policies at both the state and federal level.  For information about our service area and how we work, see the links below.

Additional Pages Within The "Who We Are" Section