Mar
30
7:00 pm19:00

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.

 

Assessing Old Barns: Setting a Game Plan for Repairs
Apr
15
9:00 am09:00

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

Apr
20
5:00 pm17:00

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

"Preserving Community Character" Conference
Apr
21
9:00 am09:00

"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

 

Repair and Restoration of Stone Foundations and Stone Walls
May
13
9:00 am09:00

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

Step-by-Step Profile: 1882 Timber Frame Restoration at Prescott Farm
Jul
15
9:00 am09:00

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

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


Saving Historic Barns Program in Wolfeboro
Mar
15
6:00 pm18:00

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.

 

Farm & Forest Expo
Feb
17
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. 

For details visit Farm and Forest

 

Caring for Your Paper-Based Collections: A Workshop
Jan
28
9:30 am09:30

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

 

Portsmouth Advocates Presents  2016 Historic Preservation Awards
Nov
17
5:30 pm17:30

Portsmouth Advocates Presents 2016 Historic Preservation Awards

Discover Portsmouth
 10 Middle Street, Portsmouth

Awards presentation 6pm. Light refreshments will be served. Open to the public. 

Portsmouth Advocates bestow awards of excellence to owners, designers and contractors whose exceptional work enhances the city’s unique historic character.  The winners demonstrate a commitment to historic preservation and make Portsmouth a better place to live and work. On November 17, Portsmouth Advocates will continue this tradition by presenting awards to exceptional individuals and projects completed over the last year.

For additional information please e-mail advocates@portsmouthhistory.org

Nov
14
6:00 pm18:00

Button Up NH - Concord Area - the Training Center at Grappone Toyota

My Energy Plan, a consortium of the state government and private utilities, is sponsoring a series of free weatherization workshops to help property owners save on their home energy costs. Professionals certified in home energy will lead the workshops. Participants will learn basic building science concepts, and how air sealing, insulating and conservation can help reduce fuel and electricity use. 

Concord Area - in the Training Center at Grappone Toyota, 594 NH 3A, Bow. Call the presenter Bob Eldredge at 344-4540 for details.

Cannot attend? On the website myenergyplan.net there are 15 short videos with hints and tips that are easy to accomplish.

NH Department of Historical Resources Symposium
Oct
28
8:30 am08:30

NH Department of Historical Resources Symposium

The N.H. Division of Historical Resources will host “We’re Golden: Celebrating 50 Years of the National Historic Preservation Act,” a daylong symposium focusing on historic preservation in the Granite State, in Concord on October 28, 2016 from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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” will focus specifically on New Hampshire success stories related to the NHPA’s Section 106. Presenters include:

  • Lydia Kachadoorian; Federal Emergency Management Agency
  • Robert Goodby, PhD; Monadnock Archaeological Consulting, LLC
  • Maureen Beauregard; Families in Transition
  • Sarah Jordan; White Mountain National Forest
  • Sean T. James and Josif Bicja; Hoyle, Tanner & Associates
  • Cpt. Logan T. Kenney; N.H. Army National Guard

There will also be a panel discussion about the history of preservation in New Hampshire, and a keynote address by Charlene Dwin Vaughn, assistant director at the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation.

People interested in learning more about historic preservation success stories in New Hampshire, including members of historic commissions, environmental and engineering firms, federal and state agencies, and cultural resource consultants are invited to attend.

Location:  NH Department of Transportation
7 Hazen Drive
Concord, NH 03301 

There is no fee to attend but advance registration is required.

Seven to Save Announcement Event - Emma B. French Hall, Manchester NH
Oct
25
5:00 pm17:00

Seven to Save Announcement Event - Emma B. French Hall, Manchester NH

Tuesday, October 25, 2016
5:15-6:45 pm announcement, brief annual meeting and reception
with recognition of longtime field service representative Maggie Stier
in the Emma B. French Hall, New Hampshire Institute of Art
148 Concord Street, Manchester, N.H.

Before the announcement, visit one or more of the past
Seven to Save listees in Manchester from 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Directions and additional information on touring

Visit our donation page to help the Preservation Alliance save endangered places.


Our generous Seven to Save sponsors to date include:

The Anagnost Companies / Ian Blackman, LLC Restoration and Preservation
Great Bridge Properties / JLT Painting

Christopher P. Williams Architects PLLC / Dennis Mires, PA, The Architects
Irish Electric Corp. / Milestone Engineering & Construction / Samyn-D’Elia Architects, PA

Ciborowski Associates / Cobb Hill Construction / CMK Architects
Enviro-Tote, Inc. / Finegold Alexander Architects / HEB Engineers, Inc.
North Branch Construction, Inc. / Norton Asset Management / ReArch
Turnstone Corporation / Udelsmann Associates / Windows and Doors by Brownell

Oct
15
9:30 am09:30

Button Up NH - Conway - The Gibson Center

My Energy Plan, a consortium of the state government and private utilities, is sponsoring a series of free weatherization workshops to help property owners save on their home energy costs. Professionals certified in home energy will lead the workshops. Participants will learn basic building science concepts, and how air sealing, insulating and conservation can help reduce fuel and electricity use. 

Conway - The Gibson Center, 14 Grove Street, North Conway. Call Marianne Jackson at 340-3564 for information.

Cannot attend? On the website myenergyplan.net there are 15 short videos with hints and tips that are easy to accomplish.

Oct
12
7:00 pm19:00

Button Up NH - Exeter - Exeter Library

My Energy Plan, a consortium of the state government and private utilities, is sponsoring a series of free weatherization workshops to help property owners save on their home energy costs. Professionals certified in home energy will lead the workshops. Participants will learn basic building science concepts, and how air sealing, insulating and conservation can help reduce fuel and electricity use. 

Exeter - Exeter Linrary, 7 Chestnut Street. Email the Exeter Area Chamber of Commerce at info@exeterarea.org for information.

Cannot attend? On the website myenergyplan.net there are 15 short videos with hints and tips that are easy to accomplish.

Oct
11
7:00 pm19:00

Button Up NH - Hudson - Rogers Memorial Library

My Energy Plan, a consortium of the state government and private utilities, is sponsoring a series of free weatherization workshops to help property owners save on their home energy costs. Professionals certified in home energy will lead the workshops. Participants will learn basic building science concepts, and how air sealing, insulating and conservation can help reduce fuel and electricity use. 

Hudson - Rogers Memorial Library, 194 Derry Road. Contact Debbie Puttnam weekdays (9:00 am to 6:30 pm) at 882-8485 for information.

Cannot attend? On the website myenergyplan.net there are 15 short videos with hints and tips that are easy to accomplish.

Christine Hadsel - Suspended Worlds: An Illustrated History of New England Theater Scenery
Oct
1
2:00 pm14:00

Christine Hadsel - Suspended Worlds: An Illustrated History of New England Theater Scenery

Christine Hadsel will be at the NH Historical Society Saturday, October 1st at 2:00 pm for an author talk and book signing on Suspended Worlds.

The hardcover book as a unique look at an overlooked element of the American fabric—the ambitious murals that have served as the backdrops for decades of Yankee entertainment.

In small-town New England, long before television and the internet, the prevailing custom was to provide your own entertainment, often in the form of a performance at the local grange or Town Hall. Since there wasn't much money for costumes or props, the plays relied on all purpose scenic backdrops-painted canvases of local scenes and interest. And they were glorious. Many of these minor masterpieces of vernacular art still survive and are presented in all their glory in this richly illustrated book celebrating the colorful and memorable painted curtains that graced the stages of countless New England towns.

The talk is free, and books will be available for sale and signing by the author!

For more information

 

Button Up NH - Grantham - Grantham Town Hall, 300 Route 10
Sep
27
7:00 pm19:00

Button Up NH - Grantham - Grantham Town Hall, 300 Route 10

My Energy Plan, a consortium of the state government and private utilities, is sponsoring a series of free weatherization workshops to help property owners save on their home energy costs. Professionals certified in home energy will lead the workshops. Participants will learn basic building science concepts, and how air sealing, insulating and conservation can help reduce fuel and electricity use. 

Workshop locations include:

Grantham - 9/27, 7pm, Grantham Town Hall, 300 Route 10, energy@granthamnh.net

Cannot attend? On the website myenergyplan.net there are 15 short videos with hints and tips that are easy to accomplish.

 

Sep
27
7:00 pm19:00

Button Up NH - Dover - Dover Public Library, 73 Locust Street

My Energy Plan, a consortium of the state government and private utilities, is sponsoring a series of free weatherization workshops to help property owners save on their home energy costs. Professionals certified in home energy will lead the workshops. Participants will learn basic building science concepts, and how air sealing, insulating and conservation can help reduce fuel and electricity use. 

Workshop locations include:

Dover - 9/27, 7pm, Dover Public Library, 73 Locust Street,  Call Susan Dunkers at 516-6050 or email her at dunker@dover.nh.gov

Cannot attend? On the website myenergyplan.net there are 15 short videos with hints and tips that are easy to accomplish.

Tour to Star Island, Isles of Shoals
Sep
8
9:15 am09:15

Tour to Star Island, Isles of Shoals

Co-sponsored by the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance and the New Hampshire Historical Society, this day-long trip to Star Island is for members and their guests to view the historic Oceanic Hotel and outbuildings, stroll the tiny island, enjoy a lunch in the hotel dining room, and learn more about the island's fascinating history and on-going preservation efforts.  

To register online, click here.

Sandwich Barn Tour (Lecture SOLD OUT)
Aug
20
12:00 pm12:00

Sandwich Barn Tour (Lecture SOLD OUT)

Lecture Sold Out! Tour-Only tickets still available for a discounted rate online at Eventbrite or at the door!!

Walk-Ins Welcome! Tour-Only tickets on sale beginning at 11:45 am. Tour begins at Noon or after.

We look forward to seeing you there rain or shine!!

Please call our office at 603-224-2281 during office hours, or Beverly at 603-714-8774 on the day of the tour with questions or concerns.

Directions:
Sandwich Town Hall
8 Maple Street
Center Sandwich, N
H
Google Map -
https://goo.gl/maps/HqEZuTkGwCA2

Parking -- while checking in at registration and picking up tour booklet -- will be available in Quimby Field diagonally across from the Town Hall to the north. The Town Hall parking lot will be reserved for tour-goers with limited mobility.

Enjoy a day of historic barns, scenic landscapes, and local history in the hills of central New Hampshire. Sandwich has a wealth of historic agricultural buildings and seven distinctive examples will be showcased at a barn tour on Saturday, August, 20th.

A self-guided tour of seven Sandwich barns will run from 12 - 4:30 pm. A barn expert will be on hand at each barn to talk about architectural features, framing styles, and agricultural uses. Five of the featured structures are included in the statewide Barn Tax Incentive Program (RSA 79-D), which authorizes municipalities to grant property tax relief to owners who can demonstrate the public benefit of preserving their agricultural buildings, and agree to maintain them throughout a minimum 10-year preservation easement.

Highlights of the tour include a large gambrel roofed barn on a 1920s gentleman's farm that was used as a patent museum in the 1940s, an 1830s working barn once owned by actor Claude Rains, of Casablanca fame, and a recently restored 1885 windmill used to pump water on the former Isaac Adams Estate. Adams was a distant cousin of President John Adams and the inventor of the Adams Press which revolutionized the printing industry.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to tour the Sandwich Historical Society's Quimby Barn Museum which houses the Sandwich Concord Coach, as well as the Society’s c. 1850 Elisha Marston House Museum.

Cyclists are welcome too! Enjoy a more intimate experience of the back roads of Sandwich by cycling from barn to barn along lightly traveled paved and well-maintained dirt roads. The ride offers beautiful vistas of the Sandwich and Ossipee Ranges, passes through the Lower Corner Historic District, a National Register District, and provides the opportunity to take a side trip up the Historic Sandwich Notch Road, passing by the one remaining homestead of this once-active 19th century hill farm community.

The event is presented by the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance, in association with the Sandwich Historical Society and Sandwich Barn Preservation Committee.

Special thanks to our Old House & Barn Program sponsors: Ian Blackman, LLC Restoration & Preservation; Bedard Preservation & Restoration, LLC; Crown Point Cabinetry; Fifield Building Restoration & Relocation, LLC; Chinburg Builders; Erie Landmark Company; Paul Brien, General Contrator; and Schoen Custom Woodworking.

Special thanks to our Sandwich Open Barns Sponsors: The New Woodshed, Chippers, PC Hoag & Co. Inc. Certified Arborists, Lee Mt Restorations, LLC.

Lecture Sold Out! Tour-Only tickets still available for a discounted rate.

To purchase tickets online go to Eventbrite or purchase at the door!

Passing It On: Generational Transfer of Property
Aug
15
7:00 pm19:00

Passing It On: Generational Transfer of Property

  • Moultonborough Library

Join us for a detailed and thoughtful discussion for property owners seeking to ensure the places they love will become part of a family legacythat will be enjoyed for generations to come. Property owners will discuss their own challenges, limitations, and triumphs in dealing with this important issue. Attendees encouraged to join in the discussion. 

Presented by: New Hampshire Preservation Alliance in association with Moultonborough Heritage Commission and the Lakes Region Conservation Trust.

Program is free, but attendees encouraged to call or email the NH Preservation Alliance to pre-register.

Location- Moultonborough Library,

Contact- NH Preservation Alliance, 603-224-2281, bt@nhpreservation.org

Passing It On: Generational Transfer of Property
Aug
11
9:00 am09:00

Passing It On: Generational Transfer of Property

  • Squam Lakes Association's Fisher Family Barn

Join us for a detailed and thoughtful discussion for property owners seeking to ensure the places they love will become part of a family legacythat will be enjoyed for generations to come. Four Squam property owners will discuss their own challenges, limitations, and triumphs in dealing with this important issue. Attendees encouraged to join in the discussion. Details at foreversquam.org.

Sponsored by: Squam Lakes Conservation Society, Squam Lakes Association, Lakes Region Conservation Trust, and the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance.

Program is free, but attendees encouraged to pre-register.

Location- Squam Lakes Association's Fisher Family Barn, US Route 3, Holderness

Contact- Squam Lakes Conservation Society, alicia@squamlakes.com

"Rock Talk" at Roads End Farm
Aug
10
4:00 pm16:00

"Rock Talk" at Roads End Farm

511 N. Sandwich Road, Sandwich NH
Kevin Gardner, author of Granite Kiss, will give a hands-on overview of New England Stone Walls, touching on history, technique, stylistic development, and aesthetics. Includes generous question-and-answer period. Listeners are encouraged to bring specific problems or projects on their own properties. Wine reception to follow, $20 pp.

Kevin Gardner is a lifelong resident of Hopkinton, NH. Like a lot of independent rural Yankees, he's been a jack of many trades; a builder, logger, writer, teacher, radio voice, even an actor and director.

For more than forty years he has been a stone wall builder in a family business widely known for traditional New England stonework, particularly for historic restoration of antique structures. In 2001, Kevin published The Granite Kiss: Traditions and Techniques of Building New England Stone Walls. He has also published poetry, songs, and essays, including "Land of Stone", an examination of several historic sites in the Monadnock Region, in the 2006 anthology Where The Mountain Stands Alone.

Email questions to homeatroadsend@gmail.com
 

Old House & Barn Expo
Mar
12
Mar 13

Old House & Barn Expo

The Old House & Barn Expo has two full days of educational sessions, demonstrations, and over 60 exhibitors of preservation products and services.