Reed Organ Concert at South Eaton Meetinghouse
Aug
22
6:00pm 6:00pm

Reed Organ Concert at South Eaton Meetinghouse

An extremely special program featuring Maestro George Wiese and friends.

In 1890, George Woods of Boston, MA built the beautiful reed organ which now resides in the South Eaton Meetinghouse – and on this special Tuesday evening, George Wiese returns to Eaton to play it. Wiese has been excited to return to the South Eaton Meetinghouse ever since playing the inaugural recital of the rebuilt Woods & Co. reed organ in 2015.

This summer’s program will feature a wide array of music created and adapted for reed organ. This skilled graduate of the Juilliard School of Music will entertain and delight you with the history and nuances of this fine instrument.

Suggested donation is $10.

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A Photographic Walk Through Time
Sep
9
9:30am 9:30am

A Photographic Walk Through Time

The Historical Society of Cheshire County and fotoedu.org have teamed up to offer the public an opportunity to learn techniques for photographing architecture while studying local history. The full day workshop will include morning presentations of photography techniques including a brief overview of high dynamic range photography. The focus will be on black & white images and compositional approaches to architecture. The fascinating history of Keene will be highlighted by viewing period photographs of Keene houses and buildings selected from the Historical Society of Cheshire County’s vast collection of images. Additionally, there will be a brief look into the history of camera technology available to photographers at the time these historical images were captured.

An afternoon walking tour in Keene will combine the historical and photographic components with the class photographing selected homes and buildings along Main St. in Keene. Selected student images may be donated to the Historical Society of Cheshire County.

Familiarity with camera operation is suggested but all levels of photo experience are encouraged to attend. Morning snacks and beverages will be available. Lunch is on your own.

Registration is required. Deadline for registration is September 6th by 4pm. Call (603) 352-1895 for more information.

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Sep
14
7:00pm 7:00pm

Research Your Old House

Sally Zimmerman of Historic New England will present on tools for 'finding the story' of your house. Information will be shared on the State and National Historic Register process.

Introducing the annual Heritage Commission Plaque Program Award for Historic Building Preservation. To apply: ci.keene.nh.us/heritage-commission

*Sponsored in part by the Horatio Colony Museum

Historical Society of Cheshire County

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Ask the Experts - Living with Your Old House
Sep
16
10:00am10:00am

Ask the Experts - Living with Your Old House

Windsor Welcome Center, 3 Railroad Row, Windsor, VT

Join old-house experts from Historic New England and others for a comprehensive look at living with an old house. Bring your photos and questions to out one-day workshop and get answers to help you maintain and preserve your house. Learn about repairing old windows, weatherization and energy efficiency tips that work in old houses, the benefits of setting a regular maintenance schedule, and how to choose period-appropriate exterior paint colors. Presented in partnership with The Preservation Education Insitute / HIstoric Windsor, Inc.

Visit Historic New England for more information

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Sep
19
5:30pm 5:30pm

Resurrecting the Moffatt-Ladd House Parlor

The parlor of the Moffatt-Ladd House, one of the country’s finest Georgian mansions, is undergoing a refurbishment. Built overlooking the Piscataqua River circa 1760-63 by John Moffatt, the house was home for nearly 150 years to six generations of the same family including William Whipple, a signer of the Declaration of Independence and Revolutionary War General. Its furnishings include many elegant high-style examples of Portsmouth-made and owned furniture, as well as the best of 18th century taste in portraits, ceramics and other decorative arts.

Several inventories of the home were taken in the period between the late 1760s and 1789, which help to establish the original furnishings of the house. This talk will discuss the documentation for the early treatment of the Parlor and the process of researching various aspects of the room for the restoration, including physical examination, the comparison with inventories of Moffatt’s contemporaries and friends and other documentation that have informed the plan for restoration. An update on the Parlor’s restoration to date, will be given.

5:00 Wine and Cheese, 5:30 Lecture Begins

Tyco Center
Strawbery Banke, Portsmouthy
info@PDASociety.org

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New Hampshire Barns of the 18th and 19th Centuries
Oct
17
5:30pm 5:30pm

New Hampshire Barns of the 18th and 19th Centuries

Sheltering livestock, equipment and grain, barns were important agricultural structures that played a central role in the early settlement and development of New Hampshire and the region. Now dwindling in number, these historic buildings bear witness to the role of agriculture in the economy and remain as symbols of our cultural heritage, signifying the rural values of hard work, productivity and self-sufficiency.

This discussion of old barns will cover early styles and construction techniques, how barns evolved and how to estimate their ages. The barn preservation movement will also be reviewed, including how to take the steps necessary to stabilize failing structures.

5:00 Wine and Cheese, 5:30 Lecture Begins

Tyco Center
Strawbery Banke, Portsmouth
info@PDASociety.org

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Nov
14
5:30pm 5:30pm

Henry Coit Perkins: Pioneer Photographer

Henry Coit Perkins (1804-1873) was a native son of Newburyport, Massachusetts. After graduating from Harvard and the Harvard Medical School, he returned to his hometown to practice medicine as a country doctor. In the fall of 1839, he began experimenting with the daguerreotype process, a new photographic technique invented in France, by which he had become fascinated. The process was the first practicable method of obtaining permanent images with a camera and gave rise to the birth of photography as a tool of record, as well as an art form.

This presentation will explore the processes that Perkins used to produce six views of Newburyport that have become recognized as among the earliest daguerreotypes in the United States. Recent research has revealed a full portrait of Perkins and his role in early American photographic history.

Note: One of Perkin’s 1839 views of Newburyport is included in the National Gallery of Art’s exhibition “East of the Mississippi: Nineteenth Century American Landscape Photography,” in Washington, D.C., March 12, 2017 – July 16, 2017 and the New Orleans Museum of Art, October 5, 2017 – January 7, 2018.

5:00 Wine and Cheese, 5:30 Lecture Begins

Tyco Center
Strawbery Banke, Portsmouth
info@PDASociety.org

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Historic Hillsborough's Living History Event
Aug
19
to Aug 20

Historic Hillsborough's Living History Event

So many activities packed into one weekend! Tour cemeteries, beautiful Hillsborough Center, the Franklin Pierce House, stone bridges. Learn old crafts, watch historic re-enactments, listen to music, eat great food, enjoy tons of children's activities, take a hay ride, and more. (There's even a chamber pot race.)

For a full schedule, visit http://livinghistoryeventnh.com/

 

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Aug
18
2:00pm 2:00pm

The Role of the Built Environment / Community Design in Economic Health & Development, Dover

By Plan NH
Tax Incentives and other traditional enticements have their place, but if your community wants to attract businesses and the people to work there, is yours a place where people want to live, work and/or play? What should you be thinking about along these lines? This conference will introduce us to different ways of thinking about how to attract - and keep - businesses and talent - and economic health overall. More information forthcoming.

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Scottish Music in Grafton
Aug
14
7:30pm 7:30pm

Scottish Music in Grafton

Straight from bonnie Scotland, Margaret Bennett (singer and dean of folklorists in Scotland) and Norman Kennedy (renowned ballad singer, master weaver, and recipient of the American Heritage Award) will perform traditional Scottish songs for this special night. Grafton's own Skip Gorman will also perform the American West spin-offs these Scottish songs inspired.

Taking place at the recently restored East Grafton Union Church (80 Turnpike Road, Grafton). Spoiler alert: it's gorgeous inside.

Tickets $10, $5, 12 & under. 

Hosted by the Grafton Historical Society.

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Portsmouth Historic Sites Associates Twilight Tour
Aug
11
4:30pm 4:30pm

Portsmouth Historic Sites Associates Twilight Tour

For just one evening every year, nine of the Portsmouth Historic Sites open their doors and gardens for the Twilight Tour (visit Portsmouth Historic Sites Associates on Facebook). This year’s hours are 4:30-8 pm on Friday, August 11. To make this evening memorable, the theme is “Dining Through History!” Each site offers a unique look at dining with light refreshments served throughout the evening.   Perfect for antique collectors and connoisseurs of 18th and 19th century houses, the Twilight Tour is the perfect complement to the annual Northeast Auctions Marine Sale Preview, the same night.  In advance, adults $18, children under 12 $8. At the door: Adults $20, children $10. Each ticket is good for admission to each of the 9 participating sites on the night of the Twilight Tours.  Tickets are also valid for the balance of the 2017 season for admission to participating museums.  Proceeds of the tour benefit the member sites of the Portsmouth Historic Sites Associates, Inc. (PHSA), and PHSA joint programming.

Tickets and other information

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Passing It On: Generational Property Transfer
Aug
10
9:00am 9:00am

Passing It On: Generational Property Transfer

Passing It On: Generational Property Transfer

Join us for a detailed discussion for property owners seeking to ensure the property they love will become part of a family legacy that will be enjoyed for generations to come. Attendees of similar programs in past have gained practical information as well as inspiration for the work needed to meet their goals.

Sponsored by Squam Lakes Conservation Society, Squam Lakes Association, Lakes Region Conservation Trust and NH Preservation Alliance

Thursday, August 10, 9-11:30am

Squam Lakes Association Barn, 534 US Rte 3, Holderness

Contact: SLCS, (603) 968-7900

Printable poster

foreversquam.org

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South Eaton Meeting House Annual Fair and Luncheon
Jul
29
11:00am11:00am

South Eaton Meeting House Annual Fair and Luncheon

The South Eaton Meeting House, built in 1844, will hold its 41st Annual Fair and Gourmet Luncheon on Saturday, July 29th, 11:00-2:00 following the Freedom Parade at 10:00 am. This lovely building is on the National Historic Register and will be open for visitors. The fair features wonderful barbeque, salads, elegant desserts, white elephants, arts and crafts, home baked goodies, and a jewelry table to tempt you! And by popular demand, the lamb pita pockets are back!

Follow signs from Rt. 153 at Purity Spring Resort in East Madison, up Horseleg Hill Road ½ mile. Don’t be late. That Coconut Cake goes fast!

Semh1844@outlook.com or southeatonmeetinghouse.com

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South Danbury Church Fair
Jul
29
9:00am 9:00am

South Danbury Church Fair

  • 1411 U.S. 4 Danbury, NH, 03230 United States (map)
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Yard sale, lunch, auction with auctioneer extraordinaire Doug Windsor, homemade ice cream, bake sale, crafts, raffle, live music by Paul Hubert and Chicken Willie, and readings from two local authors:

10:30, Mary Lyn Ray, children's book author

11:00, Donald Hall, former US poet laureate

Free! (Unless you buy baked goods and homemade ice cream, which we heartily recommend.) For more information, call 491-3196

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Step-by-Step Profile: 1882 Timber Frame Restoration at Prescott Farm
Jul
29
9:00am 9:00am

Step-by-Step Profile: 1882 Timber Frame Restoration at Prescott Farm

SOLD OUT!

 

Presented in Partnership with Prescott Farm

This is the last of three workshops presented by Ian Blackman, Blackman Restoration and Preservation, during Prescott Farm's spring barn preservation project. Blackman will discuss and demonstrate the repair and restoration of the timber frame of the 1882 barn. Blackman will be replacing sills, some first floor framing, and repairing some posts during the springtime project. Restoration of the exterior surface will also be covered in the workshop. The workshop will be followed by a discussion of tools and sharpening for those interested.

Registration required online or by calling the NH Preservation Alliance at 603-224-2281.

Members (Alliance or Prescott Farm) - $20
Non-members - $25

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23rd Annual Open Barn & Celebration, Poore Family Homestead Historic Farm Museum
Jul
1
to Jul 2

23rd Annual Open Barn & Celebration, Poore Family Homestead Historic Farm Museum

Celebrating Our Founder's 132nd Birthday and 23 Years of Public Service. 
View the many displayed artifacts, meet the directors and volunteers, enjoy the music and some old-world demonstrations. Music by Harold Boydston, playing authentic Western Cowboy tunes on guitar and mandolin; period dressed re-enactors will be on hand demonstrating weaving, spinning and soap making, tanning hides and more. Audience participation is encouraged! 

Birthday Cake and lemonade will be served for FREE.

ALSO:
*** American Mountain Men – Living History at the Poore Farm ***
The "Great North Woods Party," the local chapter of the American Mountain Men, will have a Living Historic encampment at the Poore Farm for two days. 
See The American Mountain Men, their traditions and way of life. See how our Nation's greatest, most daring explorers and pioneers lived and survived alone in America’s vast wilderness, using only what nature had to offer. Visitors will see firsthand what life was like on the frontier and how the guns of the era work. 
www.mtmen.com

Admission is by Donation, suggested min of $10.00, Accompanied Children Under 12 are FREE!

Directions: 10.7 miles north of Colebrook on Rte 3, right onto West Road to the end, then right onto Rte 145 to the Poore Farm, watch for signs.

If you can't make it, but you wish to make a contribution, please DONATE on-line at www.poorefarm.org

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Preservation-themed Bar Trivia!
Jun
28
7:00pm 7:00pm

Preservation-themed Bar Trivia!

Join the NH Preservation Alliance for an inaugural trivia night that promises to challenge your knowledge of New Hampshire's architecture, geography, and historic landmarks! Grab some pints and rally the preservation friends - this is bound to be a fun night!

The bar will be divided into two sides - so no need to form your own team. Prizes will be raffled off, too, so bring your A-game. Or your A-frame. See what we did there?

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Jun
13
5:30pm 5:30pm

The Architectural History of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard

The Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, established June 12, 1800 during the administration of President John Adams, is the U.S. Navy's oldest continuously operating shipyard. Its architectural fabric represents more than 200 years of pre- and post- Navy development (the Piscataqua region’s shipbuilding tradition reaches back to the late 17th century and extends to the present day era of submarines). This lecture will include a review of historic and modern imagery to illustrate the breadth of architectural resources that existed in the past and those extant today. The work of noted architects and engineers, including Alexander Parris, B.F. Chandler and W.M.F. Poindexter, will be highlighted.

5:00 Wine and Cheese, 5:30 Lecture Begins

Tyco Center
Strawbery Banke, Portsmouthy
info@PDASociety.org

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SOLD OUT - Harrisville Sampler: Barns, Mills and a Manor House
Jun
10
9:30am 9:30am

SOLD OUT - Harrisville Sampler: Barns, Mills and a Manor House

SOLD OUT!

Join the Preservation Alliance for a behind-the-scenes exploration of three historic sites in picturesque Harrisville. We'll start the day at Brookside Farm with property owners Carol and Drew Landry and barn contractor Richard Thompson of Sunrise Woodworks. Sunrise Woodworks has completed renovations to the two 19th century barns that were in imminent danger of collapse. After much work jacking up and fixing rotten/broken beams, both barns were suspended while the crumbling field stone foundations were removed.  One barn received a rebuilt field stone foundation while the barn attached to the house received a concrete foundation with new drainage.  After a short presentation on the history of the property, Richard Thompson will offer a guided tour of both barns explaining the barn repairs and methodology.

Tour goers will then move on to the mill village of Harrisville for an optional lunch and a presentation on the history of the mill village. Highlighted by historic maps and archival photographs, Tom Weller AIA and Chick Colony, founder and current president of the board of trustees of Historic Harrisville, will present "Village of Harrisville Time Machine from 1774 to 1947," a time-lapse 3D virtual model of the making of a mill town as it evolved over a 170 year period. Historic Harrsiville's strategic business plan for this place is a model for the state and nation's preservation movements.

And the final stop of the day will be at the spectacular Aldworth Manor. This National Register listed ca. 1840 Victorian house was relocated by train from Worcester, MA to Harrisville in 1908 by Arthur E. & Alice Childs. It was then rebuilt as an Italian villa-style residence with terraced gardens and extensive landscaping. The property had fallen into disrepair and had been vacant since the late 1990s when the Long Family purchased the 160 acre estate in 2014 to restore and use as a special events venue. With the manor's exterior newly painted and gardens replanted, the beautiful grounds with stunning views of Mt. Monadnock are now being used as a wedding venue. The Longs have recently started the rehabilitation of the interior of the manor house with plans to return it to its early 20th century grandeur. The tour offers a rare opportunity to explore this fabulous property during the early rehabilitation work with the property owners and the project architect.

Presented in partnership with Historic Harrisville and Aldworth Manor.

Tickets:

Morning at Brookside Farm, 9:30-12: Members - $15; Non-members - $20     

Afternoon at Harrisville Mill Village and Aldworth Manor, 12:30-4pm: Members - $25; Non-members - $30

Full day tickets: Members - $35; Non-members - $45

Optional boxed lunch - $10

Send email to projects@nhpreservation.org or call 603-224-2281 to register.

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The Beauty of New Hampshire - The Fells
May
27
to Jun 9

The Beauty of New Hampshire - The Fells

  • The Fells Historic Estate and Gardens (map)
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In this juried exhibit, artists from the New Hampshire Art Association capture the natural beauty and allure of New Hampshire’s countryside. From hillside to lakeside and mountains to valleys, this gallery exhibit reflects the exceptional native qualities inherent in the Granite State. Opening Reception May 26, 5-7 PM. Open during Main House hours. Included with site admission.

The Fells Historic Estate & Gardens 456 New Hampshire 103A Newbury, NH, 03255

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May
23
5:30pm 5:30pm

Discovering the Resources: The Multi-Disciplinary Restoration of Strawbery Banke's Penshallow House

In preparation for rehabilitation of the circa 1750 Penhallow House, the structure is being investigated from multiple perspectives. Originally located at the corner of Court & Pleasant Streets, it has stood on Washington St. since 1862. Built as a single family home, for a time Penhallow included a store/office before being converted to a multi-family dwelling. In researching its residents, museum staff has focused on the African-American inhabitants of the mid-20th century. The house, which is on the Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail, was the home of Samuel Penhallow, town clerk during the years of the slave trade.

Lawrence Yerdon will present the overall project, placing it in the context of the Heritage House Program, an initiative in which the museum rehabilitates under-utilized space to provide commercial/residential rental opportunities, generating income for the preservation of buildings. Elizabeth Farish will introduce the one-time residents and place the house within the greater Washington St. neighborhood. Alix Martin will review the 2016 field school, display significant artifacts uncovered and present plans for ongoing investigations. John Schnitzler will share his discoveries in the house, pointing out original material and how the structure and construction techniques have changed over time.

5:00 Wine and Cheese, 5:30 Lecture Begins

Tyco Center
Strawbery Banke, Portsmouthy
info@PDASociety.org

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Hooksett Heritage Day
May
20
10:30am10:30am

Hooksett Heritage Day

In celebration of Preservation Month, the Hooksett Heritage Commission is sponsoring the 13th Annual Hooksett Heritage Day on Saturday, May 20, 2017, with activities from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Plans include an open house at the old town hall, 16 Main Street, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. with representatives of the Heritage Commission and the Town Hall Preservation Committee on hand to show visitors the progress made in the rehabilitation project over the past year.  Most exciting–the second floor has been removed so the main hall is now the main hall once again as it was from 1828 to 1961. Guests will also be able to view future plans and historical photos of changes to the building.

The Robie’s Country Store Historic Preservation Corp. will have scrapbooks with photos of old Hooksett at the store from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  Plan a few minutes to explore Hooksett’s early times.  This is also time to browse the preservation corporation’s merchandise along with custom Hooksett items from the Heritage Commission. 

“This is our 13th year recognizing Hooksett’s story on a special day.  It’s our opportunity to acquaint residents with a little of what made Hooksett Hooksett,” says Kathie Northrup, Chair of the Heritage Commission.  “Every town has its own unique and interesting history.  Do you know Hooksett’s?  Here’s the chance to visit the historic buildings open that day and talk with the people working to give or restore life to Hooksett’s special places.” 

 

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May
17
7:00pm 7:00pm

Forgotten Farms

  • Briggs Opera House - White River Junction, VT (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Upper Valley Land Trust and the Co-op Food Stores are co-sponsoring this provocative film as it highlights the roll of the  dairy farmer during the renaissance of local foods. Steve Taylor, Plainfield, NH farmer and former NH Agricultural Commissioner will moderate a Q & A with filmmakers and local farmers following the screening. Tickets $9 online at www.uvlt.org, $10 at the door. 

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Repair and Restoration of Stone Foundations and Stone Walls
May
13
9:00am 9:00am

Repair and Restoration of Stone Foundations and Stone Walls

Presented in Partnership with Prescott Farm

This is the second of three workshops presented by Ian Blackman, Blackman Restoration and Preservation, during Prescott Farm's spring barn preservation project. Blackman will discuss the dry-laid stone foundation restoration, drainage improvements, and cribbing techniques of this barn project. Partner with the foundation work, master stone mason Kevin Fife, Twin Elms Landscape, will be joining Blackman in this workshop. After a 30 minute break for lunch, Fife will also be running a segment on stone wall restoration. Lunch is not included. We encourage participants to bring a lunch to eat during the break if planning to stay for Fife's stone wall segment.

Registration required online or by calling the NH Preservation Alliance at 603-224-2281.

Members (Alliance or Prescott Farm) - $20
Non-members - $25

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Preservation Achievement Awards
May
9
4:30pm 4:30pm

Preservation Achievement Awards

Join the Preservation Alliance for a celebration that features small towns accomplishing enormous tasks, small business success stories, examples of exceptional community engagement and innovative preservation strategies.  The awards recognize individuals, organizations, or businesses in the categories of restoration and stewardship, rehabilitation, compatible new construction, public policy, and educational and planning initiatives across the state.

Register online here

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On-line Auction of New Hampshire Crafts, Services, Experiences and More: Cast a Bid for Historic Preservation in New Hampshire
May
1
to May 20

On-line Auction of New Hampshire Crafts, Services, Experiences and More: Cast a Bid for Historic Preservation in New Hampshire

Behind-the-scenes tours, tickets to cultural sites and workshops, get-aways and valuable preservation services are available at the N.H. Preservation Alliance’s on-line auction. Looking for a special gift? You could win a private charter on the gundalow Piscataqua, a VIP trip at the Castle in the Clouds, an overnight stay at the Enfield Shaker Museum, an insider's tour of the history and architecture of Squam Lake, and much more.

Bidding runs through May 20th; check it out here.  Link here.  

Tell your friends! New items will be added in the coming days.

Auction proceeds support the Preservation Alliance’s work with Seven to Save and old barns and farms.  The New Hampshire Preservation Alliance supports and encourages the revitalization and protection of historic buildings and places which strengthens communities and local economies.

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Spring 2017 Planning and Zoning Conference
Apr
29
8:00am 8:00am

Spring 2017 Planning and Zoning Conference

The Alliance will present a session on successful municipal buildings at the annual planning and zoning conference, hosted by the Office of Energy and Planning.

How can municipalities work to save community landmarks that define their town? Representatives from recent successful preservation projects across the state will talk about their process and partners. Topics will include securing preservation easements, building community buy-in, and raising capital.

More information about the rest of the conference can be found here.

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Apr
25
5:30pm 5:30pm

The Clock Watching Over Us - Amazing New Hampshire Tower Clocks & The Hampton Town Clock Project

Tower and church clocks have watched over our communities for generations and serve as focal points for town centers. These clock mechanisms may be rarely seen, but are appreciated by those who have the opportunity to explore their design and history. Discover the skill and passion required to keep these fascinating time machines working and learn what the future holds for their preservation.

The history of Hampton’s Town Clock, its partial destruction in a 1990 fire and the 25-year effort to restore it, culminating in its return to working condition and installation in a new clock tower will be presented.

5:00 Wine and Cheese, 5:30 Lecture Begins

Tyco Center
Strawbery Banke, Portsmouthy
info@PDASociety.org

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"Preserving Community Character" Conference
Apr
21
9:00am 9:00am

"Preserving Community Character" Conference

Sponsored by the N.H. Preservation Alliance
April 21, 2017
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Concord City Auditorium and other Concord sites

Register Online!

Join the Alliance for our biennial conference for preservation advocates and practitioners! Hear about critical issues and opportunities in the field of historic preservation, and learn from recognized experts and community leaders about the many facets of preservation. Sessions will focus on strategies for saving and repurposing community landmarks, promoting sustainability, effective planning, working with a project team, best practices in communications and for successful fundraising, and more. Choose from breakout sessions following the keynote address, and enjoy lunchtime group discussions and walking tours of downtown Concord with visits to recent and current construction projects. Cap off the day with a networking reception featuring preservation-related refreshments at the New Hampshire Historical Society (a recent preservation award winner).

Move Information and Schedule here

 

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Apr
20
5:00pm 5:00pm

Machester Historical Society's Open Doors Arts and Culture Tour

Millyard Museum - FREE and open to the public.

Hop on the trolley and visit art galleries and museums in the city including the Millyard Museum, SEE Science Center, Art Gallery, Art on the Wall at City Hall, Langer Place, E.W. Poore, Studio 550, Farmers Market, and Arbor in the Millyard at Manchester Vineyard Community Church. The trolley stop at these locations approximately every 20-30 minutes throughout the evening. Easy parking is available at Langer Place at 55 S. Commercial Street, or at 200 Bedford Street (site of the Millyard Museum and the SEE Science Center

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Assessing Old Barns: Setting a Game Plan for Repairs
Apr
15
9:00am 9:00am

Assessing Old Barns: Setting a Game Plan for Repairs

Presented in partnership with Prescott Farm.

Ian Blackman of Blackman Restoration and Preservation, will lead participants through a condition assessment of the two late 19th century barns at Prescott Farm explaining what to look for while conducting an assessment, and what the findings might tell us of the history of the barn, and how to develop a prioritized game plan for repairs. Prescott Farm will be starting a complete restoration of its large 1882 barn and attached dairy barn this spring. The restoration will be from the foundation up and will involve supporting the barn while the stone foundation is rebuilt and drainage is installed.

This workshop is the first of three that will be offered during the restoration project. It's a great opportunity to be on the job site of an active barn project and be involved in a detailed discussion of the repairs, barn preservation strategies, and stewardship with barn experts. The workshop will include an overview of the Preservation Alliance's barn assessment grant program and the statewide tax intensive program for barns.  Participants are encouraged to bring photos of their own barns for discussion at the end of the program. Lunch not included, but feel free to bring a picnic lunch to eat at the farm after the program. 

This is the first in a series of three barn workshops at Prescott Farm. Scroll down in the event calendar for details on the second and third  workshops in the series:
May 13, 2017 - Repair and Restoration of Stone Foundations and Stone Walls
July 15, 2017 - Step-by-Step Profile: 1882 Timber Frame Restoration at Prescott Farm

Registration required online or by calling the NH Preservation Alliance at 603-224-2281.

Members (Alliance or Prescott Farm) - $20; all three workshops - $50
Non-members - $25; all three workshops - $65

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Mar
30
7:00pm 7:00pm

History of Agriculture as Told by Barns

Nottingham Historical Society
Nottingham Old Town Hall
129 Stage Road, Nottingham
 

John Porter, UNH Cooperative Extension, will present this illustrated lecture focusing on three centuries of barn architectural styles and how they changed with the change in farming practices over the centuries. The evolution of barn architecture tells the story of New Hampshire agriculture. Barns changed from the early English style, to Yankee style, to gambrel and then pole barns to accommodate the changing agriculture. This presentation will be a chronological walk through time, with photo illustrations of barns around the state that are examples of these eras of agricultural history.

Free and open to the public. For information: 942-5627.

 

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Saving Historic Barns Program in Wolfeboro
Mar
15
6:00pm 6:00pm

Saving Historic Barns Program in Wolfeboro

Lakes Region barn protected under barn preservation easement

Lakes Region barn protected under barn preservation easement

Partnering with Wolfeboro Heritage Commission - Maggie Stier

The Wolfeboro Heritage Commission is hosting a free public presentation on Saving Historic Barns on Wednesday, March 15 from 6 - 8 pm at the Wolfeboro Town Hall.  This is appropriate for residents of all towns in the area.

 Beverly Thomas, the barn preservation specialist at the NH Preservation Alliance in Concord, is the featured presenter.  As part of the Alliance's year-long campaign, 52 Barns in 52 Weeks, this program will include a PowerPoint on how people can take action to retain historic barns which are a key part of the architectural heritage of New Hampshire.  

 The program will discuss the various tools and strategies that are available to help preserve these iconic structures, including the statewide barn preservation easement program, which offers tax relief to owners who agree to maintain their historic barns.  Applications for that program will be available at the presentation and must be submitted by April 15 to gain tax relief for 2017.  

 Enter the Wolfeboro Town Hall from the back of the building where there is parking and elevator access to the second floor Great Hall. 

 For more information call Maggie Stier, chair of the Wolfeboro Heritage Commission at 603-344-1726.

 

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Farm & Forest Expo
Feb
17
to Feb 18

Farm & Forest Expo

Farm & Forest Expo
February 17 & 18, 2017
Radisson Hotel, Center of New Hampshire
Manchester, NH

Stop by the barn preservation booth at this year's Expo to discuss the Alliance's 52 Barns in 52 Weeks initiative, pick up barn resource materials and share stories of your barn preservation project. The booth will be hosted by the Preservation Alliance in partnership with the NH Division of Historical Resources and the NH Historic Agricultural Structures Advisory Committee.  

Our special guest Professor Thomas Visser, Director of the Historic Preservation Program, University of Vermont and author of Field Guide to New England Barns and Farm Buildings, will present "Carriage Houses, Carriage Barns and Cottage Stables" on Friday, February 17, 2017 at 10am in the Pierce Room. The program is free, no registration required. 

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Caring for Your Paper-Based Collections: A Workshop
Jan
28
9:30am 9:30am

Caring for Your Paper-Based Collections: A Workshop

New Hampshire Historical Society - presented in conjunction with the Northeast Document Conservation Center - 30 Park Street, Concord, NH  03301

This workshop offers an overview to the preservation and care of paper-based collections. Documents discussed will include bound volumes, pamphlets, manuscripts, photographs, negatives, booklets, and framed objects. Participants will have the opportunity to work in small groups and discuss documents from their collections with others.

Registration required

 

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