John Porter Discusses the Updated Barn Book
Oct
17
7:00 PM19:00

John Porter Discusses the Updated Barn Book

Join author John Porter to discuss and celebrate the release of the 2nd edition of his celebrated Barn Book. Barns are an important part of New England’s historical identity and in his book, using knowledge from his own experience as well as including details from other experts in fields such as barn restoration, Porter presents the reader with an invaluable resource on barn design, use, maintenance and restoration.

The talk will be held at 7:00pm, on Thursday, October 17th at the Hollis Historical Society, Lawrence Barn, 40 Depot Rd, Hollis, NH.

Porter’s new book is an important part of the N.H. Preservation Alliance, NH Division of Historical Resources and other partners’ barn preservation efforts. You can purchase copies by visiting our online shop

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John Porter Discusses the Updated Barn Book
Oct
18
1:00 PM13:00

John Porter Discusses the Updated Barn Book

Join author John Porter to discuss and celebrate the release of the 2nd edition of his celebrated Barn Book. Barns are an important part of New England’s historical identity and in his book, using knowledge from his own experience as well as including details from other experts in fields such as barn restoration, Porter presents the reader with an invaluable resource on barn design, use, maintenance and restoration.

The talk will be held at 1:00pm on Friday, October 18th at the State Grange Meeting, Fireside Inn, 25 Airport Rd, West Lebanon, NH.

Porter’s new book is an important part of the N.H. Preservation Alliance, NH Division of Historical Resources and other partners’ barn preservation efforts. You can purchase copies by visiting our online shop

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New Hampshire Archaeological Society Annual Meeting
Oct
19
9:00 AM09:00

New Hampshire Archaeological Society Annual Meeting

Join the New Hampshire Archaeological Society for their Annual meeting being held at the Tyco Visitors Center, Strawberry Banke Museum, Portsmouth, NH. The day will be full of events including special speakers, a Member Forum, and a tour of Strawberry Banke (pre-registration required for the tour).

For a more detailed breakdown of the day’s activities and for more information, such as where to park, please visit the event page on the New Hampshire Archaeological Society’s website.

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New Hampshire Freemasonry Open House
Oct
19
9:00 AM09:00

New Hampshire Freemasonry Open House

To raise awareness of Freemasonry, the Grand Lodge of New Hampshire, Free & Accepted Masons has announced that many New Hampshire Masonic Lodges will be open on Saturday, October 19, 2019 from 9am to 3pm.

All are invited to visit their local Lodge to learn about the history, teachings, and mysteries surrounding Freemasonry.

Freemasonry has permeated the cultural consciousness for centuries. It has been portrayed in traditional and social media as a secret society, a drinking club, and a playground for the world’s powerful elite men.  Yet the reality of the world’s oldest fraternal organization is far more compelling than any of the fiction that surrounds it. 

For more information, including what towns lodges will be open in, please visit The Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons homepage.

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The Orford Historical Society: "The History of Farming as Told by Barns" and "Exploring an Historic Orford Farmstead"
Oct
19
1:00 PM13:00

The Orford Historical Society: "The History of Farming as Told by Barns" and "Exploring an Historic Orford Farmstead"

On Saturday, October 19, starting at 1 p.m. at the Congregational Church on Main Street, John Porter, who is praised as “the most recognized scholar of farm buildings in the Northeast”, will present his popular new illustrated talk, “The History of Agriculture as Told by Barns”. John, who grew up on a farm in Lebanon, served for many years as a UNH dairy specialist, and co-authored the N.H. Barn Committee’s new publication, Preserving Old Barns, Preventing the Loss of a Valuable Resource.

 Immediately following the presentation, Orford’s Shawn Washburn will host an afternoon visit to the historic Washburn Hill farm located off of Brook Road in Orfordville. The long-time home of the late Laura and Herb Verry, this peaceful spot with its old English-style barn and large Yankee-style barn is now the best preserved remaining historic farmstead in Orford, and has been in the same Washburn family since the mid-1800s.

 Free and Open to the Public

The talk will be held at 1:00pm on Saturday, October 19th at the Orford Historical Society, Orford Congregational Church, 617 NH-10, Orford, NH.

Porter’s new book is an important part of the N.H. Preservation Alliance, NH Division of Historical Resources and other partners’ barn preservation efforts. You can purchase copies by visiting our online shop

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John Porter Discusses the Updated Barn Book
Oct
21
6:30 PM18:30

John Porter Discusses the Updated Barn Book

Join author John Porter to discuss and celebrate the release of the 2nd edition of his celebrated Barn Book. Barns are an important part of New England’s historical identity and in his book, using knowledge from his own experience as well as including details from other experts in fields such as barn restoration, Porter presents the reader with an invaluable resource on barn design, use, maintenance and restoration.

The talk will be held at 6:30pm, on Monday, October 21st at the Boscawen Library, 116 North Main Street, Boscawen, NH.

Porter’s new book is an important part of the N.H. Preservation Alliance, NH Division of Historical Resources and other partners’ barn preservation efforts. You can purchase copies by visiting our online shop

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Community Planning and Downtown Success
Oct
21
7:00 PM19:00

Community Planning and Downtown Success

The Moultonborough Heritage Commission hosts Lancaster’s town planner, Ben Gaetjens-Oleson, for a discussion of Lancaster’s downtown revival, using zoning amendments, adoption of form-based codes, RSA 79-E and town investments to preserve character, support new business and encourage economic vitality.

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LCHIP Fall Grant Orientation Workshop
Oct
22
10:30 AM10:30

LCHIP Fall Grant Orientation Workshop

LCHIP's standard grant orientation workshop takes place in the spring. To provide more time for historic resource projects to get organized, LCHIP will be offering an additional historic resources workshop in the fall of 2019. The goal is to help prospective 2020 LCHIP grant applicants get a head start on project planning well before the June 2020 application deadline. Watch for registration details coming soon by way of emails, LCHIP website and facebook.

Amy Dixon will be in attendance to discuss Moose Plate grants, as well as Andrew Cushing from the Preservation Alliance to discuss planning studies.

To register: 

Email George Born at gborn@lchip.org  with the following information:

  • your name

  • phone number

  • organization

potential project (include town and brief description)

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New Hampshire at War
Oct
24
6:30 PM18:30

New Hampshire at War

As part of NH History Week, the Hooksett Historical Society will host Sue Kelly, one of the NH Historical Society’s professional museum educators, to tell us about “New Hampshire at War.”  Ms. Kelly will cover all major conflicts that have affected the Granite State from the colonial period to the present.  She will focus on New Hampshire’s contributions to the war efforts and famous New Hampshire residents who participated in the conflicts.  Courtesy of the NH Historical Society, this presentation includes a 45-minute illustrated lecture, time for discussion, and a chance to view some touchable artifacts from the Society’s education collections.

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Harnessing History:  On the Trail of New Hampshire's State Dog, the Chinook
Oct
29
6:30 PM18:30

Harnessing History:  On the Trail of New Hampshire's State Dog, the Chinook

NH’s state flower is the lilac and the state fruit is the pumpkin, but do you know our state dog? 

The Hooksett Heritage Commission sponsors the NH Humanities (NHHC) program titled “Harnessing History:  On the Trail of New Hampshire's State Dog, the Chinook.”  This program looks at how dog sledding developed in New Hampshire and how the Chinook played a major role in this story.  Explaining how man and his relationship with dogs won out over machines on several famous polar expeditions, Bob Cottrell covers the history of Arthur Walden and his Chinooks, the State Dog of New Hampshire.  Special guests: Sombra the Husky and Russell and Tamworth the Chinooks.  This program is free and open to the public and sponsored in part by a grant from the NHHC.

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John Porter Discusses the Updated Barn Book
Nov
16
7:30 PM19:30

John Porter Discusses the Updated Barn Book

Join author John Porter to discuss and celebrate the release of the 2nd edition of his celebrated Barn Book. Barns are an important part of New England’s historical identity and in his book, using knowledge from his own experience as well as including details from other experts in fields such as barn restoration, Porter presents the reader with an invaluable resource on barn design, use, maintenance and restoration.

The talk will be held at 7:30pm on Saturday, November 16th at the Rochester Grange Hall, 21 Charles St, in Rochester, NH.

Porter’s new book is an important part of the N.H. Preservation Alliance, NH Division of Historical Resources and other partners’ barn preservation efforts. You can purchase copies by visiting our online shop

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John Porter Discusses the Updated Barn Book
Mar
9
7:00 PM19:00

John Porter Discusses the Updated Barn Book

Join author John Porter to discuss and celebrate the release of the 2nd edition of his celebrated Barn Book. Barns are an important part of New England’s historical identity and in his book, using knowledge from his own experience as well as including details from other experts in fields such as barn restoration, Porter presents the reader with an invaluable resource on barn design, use, maintenance and restoration.

The Talk will be held in conjunction with the Stratham Historical Society at 7:00pm on Monday, March 9th at the Stratham Fire Station, 2 Winnicut Rd, Stratham, NH.

Porter’s new book is an important part of the N.H. Preservation Alliance, NH Division of Historical Resources and other partners’ barn preservation efforts. You can purchase copies by visiting our online shop

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John Porter Discusses the Updated Barn Book
Jun
23
7:00 PM19:00

John Porter Discusses the Updated Barn Book

Join author John Porter to discuss and celebrate the release of the 2nd edition of his celebrated Barn Book. Barns are an important part of New England’s historical identity and in his book, using knowledge from his own experience as well as including details from other experts in fields such as barn restoration, Porter presents the reader with an invaluable resource on barn design, use, maintenance and restoration.

The talk will be held at 7:00pm, on Thursday, June 23rd and hosted by the Haverhill Historical Society. Location TBD.

Porter’s new book is an important part of the N.H. Preservation Alliance, NH Division of Historical Resources and other partners’ barn preservation efforts. You can purchase copies by visiting our online shop

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John Porter Discusses the Updated Barn Book
Jul
16
7:00 PM19:00

John Porter Discusses the Updated Barn Book

Join author John Porter to discuss and celebrate the release of the 2nd edition of his celebrated Barn Book. Barns are an important part of New England’s historical identity and in his book, using knowledge from his own experience as well as including details from other experts in fields such as barn restoration, Porter presents the reader with an invaluable resource on barn design, use, maintenance and restoration.

The talk will be held at 7:00pm on Thursday, July 16th and hosted by the North Hampton Heritage Commission. Location TBD.

Porter’s new book is an important part of the N.H. Preservation Alliance, NH Division of Historical Resources and other partners’ barn preservation efforts. You can purchase copies by visiting our online shop

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John Porter Discusses the Updated Barn Book
Jul
28
7:30 PM19:30

John Porter Discusses the Updated Barn Book

Join author John Porter to discuss and celebrate the release of the 2nd edition of his celebrated Barn Book. Barns are an important part of New England’s historical identity and in his book, using knowledge from his own experience as well as including details from other experts in fields such as barn restoration, Porter presents the reader with an invaluable resource on barn design, use, maintenance and restoration.

The talk will be held at 7:30pm on Tuesday, July 28th at the Old Town Hall, 1800 NH-140, Gilmanton Iron Works, NH

Porter’s new book is an important part of the N.H. Preservation Alliance, NH Division of Historical Resources and other partners’ barn preservation efforts. You can purchase copies by visiting our online shop

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John Porter Discusses the Updated Barn Book
Aug
8
12:00 PM12:00

John Porter Discusses the Updated Barn Book

Join author John Porter to discuss and celebrate the release of the 2nd edition of his celebrated Barn Book. Barns are an important part of New England’s historical identity and in his book, using knowledge from his own experience as well as including details from other experts in fields such as barn restoration, Porter presents the reader with an invaluable resource on barn design, use, maintenance and restoration.

The talk will be held at 12:00pm (noon) on Saturday, August, 8th during the North Hampton Barn Tour. Location TBD.

Porter’s new book is an important part of the N.H. Preservation Alliance, NH Division of Historical Resources and other partners’ barn preservation efforts. You can purchase copies by visiting our online shop

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Corbin Covered Bridge Festival
Oct
12
9:00 AM09:00

Corbin Covered Bridge Festival

Join historians, vendors, and local organizations at the Corbin Covered Bridge Festival in Newport NH! The festival celebrates the 25th anniversary of the rebuilding of the covered bridge that had been a victim of arson in 1993. Activities begin at 9am when the gates open and end with a Harvest dinner at 6pm ($75 per person for the dinner). Location is the area around the Corbin Covered Bridge and the nearby Parlin Field airport.

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Preserving Old Barns, with John C Porter
Oct
8
6:00 PM18:00

Preserving Old Barns, with John C Porter

Join Gibson's as John C Porter presents the new edition of his classic, Preserving Old Barns: Preventing the Loss of a Valuable Resource. Preserving Old Barns is a wonderful resource for barn owners to assess, care for, and celebrate their special structures. This illustrated, full color second edition features over two hundred pictures, one hundred pages of new information from author John Porter, and barn preservation techniques from timber framer Arron Sturgis. It provides a practical understanding of the history, function, and preservation of old barns.

The event will be held on at Gibson’s Bookstore, 45 South Main St., Concord, NH.

For more details, please visit the Gibson’s Bookstore event page.

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Shaker Barn Preservation Tour
Oct
8
1:00 PM13:00

Shaker Barn Preservation Tour

Visit the Enfield Shaker Museum and take a tour of their two remaining Enfield Shaker Church Family Barns. The tour will use real life examples to illustrate the challenges associated with preserving old barns and you will get to see active preservation at work!

For more information, please visit the Enfield Shaker Museum’s events page.

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Traditional Sash Window Making Workshop
Sep
14
8:00 AM08:00

Traditional Sash Window Making Workshop

Workshop held at Sanborn Mills Farm in Loudon, N.H.

People have always sought to light and air into a house.  The earliest openings were covered in animal skin and translucent stone. Until the advent of large glass manufacturing, windows were made with small panes of glass set into a framework – generally called sash windows.  Though many windows for homes are now double layers of glass, single-paned sash windows are still needed for all kinds of structures

In this workshop, students will make a 4-paned sash window using traditional hand tools.

 If you are traveling from afar and would like to learn about housing at Sanborn Mills Farm, click here . 

 If you decide you would like to stay at the farm after registering, please contact the office at 603-435-7314 weekdays between 9 am and 3 pm to check on availability.

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Introduction to Woodworking Hand Tools
Sep
13
8:00 AM08:00

Introduction to Woodworking Hand Tools

Workshop held at Sanborn Mills Farm in Loudon, N.H.

All successful woodworking starts with a good working knowledge of hand tools. In this one-day workshop at Sanborn Mills Farm, students will learn how to sharpen wood working tools and how to use them safely.  We will work with the basics – hand saws, chisels and planes.

Workshop fee:  $125.00 includes materials and lunch featuring our farm-grown food.
Instructor: Kevin A. Schurman with Emma Woodward and Jake Farmer
Workshop Size:  This workshop can accommodate up to 4 people; minimum of 3 students needed to be held.

Click here to register for a workshop & read over our policies.

To learn more about our instructors, click here .

 If you are traveling from afar and would like to learn about housing at Sanborn Mills Farm, click here .  If you decide you would like to stay at the farm after registering, please contact the office at 603-435-7314 weekdays between the hours of 9 am and 3 pm to check on availability.

 

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Researching Your Old House
Sep
11
7:00 PM19:00

Researching Your Old House

  • Corner of School and Main St. Northwood, NH (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Every house has a history, but how do you discover yours? Join the NH Preservation Alliance’s Andrew Cushing as he explores tools, tricks, and tips for researching your old house. Using a combination of sources – common and uncommon – anyone can start to assemble a fuller history of their house’s history.

Hosted by the Northwood Historical Society.

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Shaker Architecture Tour - Enfield Shaker Village
Aug
27
1:00 PM13:00

Shaker Architecture Tour - Enfield Shaker Village

Join Museum Education Coordinator, Kyle Sandler, for a visual presentation of the various incarnations of architecture which can be found throughout the Shaker world. In this talk, we will view interior and exterior photographs which demonstrate the wide array of designs used on Shaker structures. We will also discuss how use and location directly affected architectural designs.

Cost: Included with Museum Admission

For more information on Enfield Shaker Village, including location, please visit their website

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Urban Barn Tour
Aug
17
10:00 AM10:00

Urban Barn Tour

Join the Keene Heritage Commission for a program on historic barns and carriage houses of Washington Street presented by Preservation Consultant, Richard Kipphut, followed by a walking tour of the area's historic carriage houses and barn structures. Presentation will be at the Keene Unitarian Church with the walking tour to follow at 11:00 am. This program is free and open to the public.

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Leisure, Landscape, and Legacy at the NH Veterans Association Campus
Aug
14
7:00 PM19:00

Leisure, Landscape, and Legacy at the NH Veterans Association Campus

Historian C. Ian Stevenson focuses on the NH Veterans Association site at The Weirs, exploring the ways Civil War veterans used architecture and landscape to heal wartime trauma and to preserve their legacy.

Hosted by the Lake Winnipesaukee Museum. Admission is $5 and free for members. Learn more: https://www.lwhs.us/index.html

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Shaker Timber Framing and Joinery - Enfield Shaker Village
Aug
13
1:00 PM13:00

Shaker Timber Framing and Joinery - Enfield Shaker Village

Join a Museum educator for a tour and discussion of the various timber framing and joinery techniques which can be found in the Enfield Shaker community. This program will discuss the joinery techniques that the Shakers used both in their architecture and furniture making.

Cost: Included with Museum Admission

For more information on Enfield Shaker Village, including location, please visit their website

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John Porter Discusses the 2nd Edition of his Barn Book - Tory Hill Authors Series
Aug
10
7:00 PM19:00

John Porter Discusses the 2nd Edition of his Barn Book - Tory Hill Authors Series

Join author John Porter to discuss and celebrate the release of the 2nd edition of his celebrated Barn Book. Barns are an important part of New England’s historical identity and in his book, using knowledge from his own experience as well as including details from other experts in fields such as barn restoration, Porter presents the reader with an invaluable resource on barn design, use, maintenance and restoration. For more information on this event, including location details and how to purchase tickets, please visit the Tony Hill Authors Series page

Porter’s new book is an important part of the N.H. Preservation Alliance, NH Division of Historical Resources and other partners’ barn preservation efforts. You can purchase copies by visiting our online shop

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Passing It On: Generational Property Transfer
Aug
8
9:00 AM09:00

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 the past have gained practical information as well as inspiration for the work needed to meet their goals. Panelists — including the co-owner of the Moses Kent Farm in Lyme — will share varied strategies.

Holderness Free Library, 866 US-3, Holderness, NH. No charge.

Presented by the NH Preservation Alliance, Squam Lakes Conservation Society, and Lakes Region Conservation Trust

Generous program support provided by Charter Trust Company.

Contact us with questions about the event or more on this topic, 224-2281 or projects@nhpreservation.org.

 

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Deerfield Painted Walls Tour
Aug
4
12:30 PM12:30

Deerfield Painted Walls Tour

Join the Center for Painted Wall Preservation for a painted walls talk and tour in Deerfield, NH. This is a special opportunity to tour private homes and view spectacular examples of paint-decorated plaster walls in Southern New Hampshire. Murals included on the tour will range from those from an unknown artist, as well as those attributed to John Avery. The lecture begins at 12:30 at Deerfield Town Hall, 8 Church St., Deerfield, NH. Tickets can be bought in advance online or can be purchased on the day of the event starting at 11:30. Maps will be distributed at that time.

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Big House, Little House, Back House, Barn: The Connected Farm buildings of New England
Jul
25
6:30 PM18:30

Big House, Little House, Back House, Barn: The Connected Farm buildings of New England

Kimball Public Library, Atkinson

Through architecture unique to northern New England, this illustrated talk focuses on several case studies that show how farmers converted their typical separate house and barns into connected farmsteads. Thomas Hubka's research in his award-winning book, Big House, Little House, Back House, Barn: The Connected Farm Buildings of New England, demonstrates that average farmers were, in fact, motivated by competition with farmers in other regions of America, who had better soils and growing seasons and fewer rocks to clear. The connected farmstead organization, housing equal parts mixed-farming and home-industry, was one of the collective responses to the competitive threat. 

Thomas Hubka earned his Bachelor's in Architecture from Carnegie-Mellon University and Master's from the University of Oregon. His other publications include Resplendent Synagogue: Architecture and Worship in an 18th Century Polish CommunityHouses without Names: Architecture Nomenclature and the Classification of America's Common Houses.

His forthcoming book is entitled The Transformation of Working-Class Houses and Domesticity, 1890-1940: Improved Homes for a New Middle Class. Hubka's research primarily interprets the historic development and relationships between architecture/buildings and culture/people.

This event is free and open to the public and sponsored by the New Hampshire Humanities.

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Big House, Little House, Back House, Barn: The Connected Farm buildings of New England
Jul
24
7:00 PM19:00

Big House, Little House, Back House, Barn: The Connected Farm buildings of New England

Lake Winnipesaukee Museum, Laconia

Through architecture unique to northern New England, this illustrated talk focuses on several case studies that show how farmers converted their typical separate house and barns into connected farmsteads. Thomas Hubka's research in his award-winning book, Big House, Little House, Back House, Barn: The Connected Farm Buildings of New England, demonstrates that average farmers were, in fact, motivated by competition with farmers in other regions of America, who had better soils and growing seasons and fewer rocks to clear. The connected farmstead organization, housing equal parts mixed-farming and home-industry, was one of the collective responses to the competitive threat. 

Thomas Hubka earned his Bachelor's in Architecture from Carnegie-Mellon University and Master's from the University of Oregon. His other publications include Resplendent Synagogue: Architecture and Worship in an 18th Century Polish CommunityHouses without Names: Architecture Nomenclature and the Classification of America's Common Houses.

His forthcoming book is entitled The Transformation of Working-Class Houses and Domesticity, 1890-1940: Improved Homes for a New Middle Class. Hubka's research primarily interprets the historic development and relationships between architecture/buildings and culture/people.

This event is free and open to the public and sponsored by the New Hampshire Humanities.

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Researching Your Old House
Jul
23
6:00 PM18:00

Researching Your Old House

Every house has a history, but how do you discover yours? Join the NH Preservation Alliance’s Andrew Cushing  as he explores tools, tricks, and tips for researching your old house. Using a combination of sources – common and uncommon – anyone can start to assemble a fuller history of their house’s history.

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Big House, Little House, Back  House, Barn: The Connected Farm buildings of New England
Jul
21
1:00 PM13:00

Big House, Little House, Back House, Barn: The Connected Farm buildings of New England

Jefferson Town Hall

Through architecture unique to northern New England, this illustrated talk focuses on several case studies that show how farmers converted their typical separate house and barns into connected farmsteads. Thomas Hubka's research in his award-winning book, Big House, Little House, Back House, Barn: The Connected Farm Buildings of New England, demonstrates that average farmers were, in fact, motivated by competition with farmers in other regions of America, who had better soils and growing seasons and fewer rocks to clear. The connected farmstead organization, housing equal parts mixed-farming and home-industry, was one of the collective responses to the competitive threat. 

Thomas Hubka earned his Bachelor's in Architecture from Carnegie-Mellon University and Master's from the University of Oregon. His other publications include Resplendent Synagogue: Architecture and Worship in an 18th Century Polish CommunityHouses without Names: Architecture Nomenclature and the Classification of America's Common Houses.

His forthcoming book is entitled The Transformation of Working-Class Houses and Domesticity, 1890-1940: Improved Homes for a New Middle Class. Hubka's research primarily interprets the historic development and relationships between architecture/buildings and culture/people.

This event is free and open to the public and sponsored by the New Hampshire Humanities.

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Big House, Little House, Back House, Barn: The Connected Farm buildings of New England
Jul
18
7:00 PM19:00

Big House, Little House, Back House, Barn: The Connected Farm buildings of New England

North Hampton Town Hall

Through architecture unique to northern New England, this illustrated talk focuses on several case studies that show how farmers converted their typical separate house and barns into connected farmsteads. Thomas Hubka's research in his award-winning book, Big House, Little House, Back House, Barn: The Connected Farm Buildings of New England, demonstrates that average farmers were, in fact, motivated by competition with farmers in other regions of America, who had better soils and growing seasons and fewer rocks to clear. The connected farmstead organization, housing equal parts mixed-farming and home-industry, was one of the collective responses to the competitive threat. 

Thomas Hubka earned his Bachelor's in Architecture from Carnegie-Mellon University and Master's from the University of Oregon. His other publications include Resplendent Synagogue: Architecture and Worship in an 18th Century Polish CommunityHouses without Names: Architecture Nomenclature and the Classification of America's Common Houses.

His forthcoming book is entitled The Transformation of Working-Class Houses and Domesticity, 1890-1940: Improved Homes for a New Middle Class. Hubka's research primarily interprets the historic development and relationships between architecture/buildings and culture/people.

This event is free and open to the public and sponsored by the New Hampshire Humanities.

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Big House, Little House, Back  House, Barn: The Connected Farm buildings of New England
Jul
17
6:00 PM18:00

Big House, Little House, Back House, Barn: The Connected Farm buildings of New England

Barrington Public Library

Through architecture unique to northern New England, this illustrated talk focuses on several case studies that show how farmers converted their typical separate house and barns into connected farmsteads. Thomas Hubka's research in his award-winning book, Big House, Little House, Back House, Barn: The Connected Farm Buildings of New England, demonstrates that average farmers were, in fact, motivated by competition with farmers in other regions of America, who had better soils and growing seasons and fewer rocks to clear. The connected farmstead organization, housing equal parts mixed-farming and home-industry, was one of the collective responses to the competitive threat. 

Thomas Hubka earned his Bachelor's in Architecture from Carnegie-Mellon University and Master's from the University of Oregon. His other publications include Resplendent Synagogue: Architecture and Worship in an 18th Century Polish CommunityHouses without Names: Architecture Nomenclature and the Classification of America's Common Houses.

His forthcoming book is entitled The Transformation of Working-Class Houses and Domesticity, 1890-1940: Improved Homes for a New Middle Class. Hubka's research primarily interprets the historic development and relationships between architecture/buildings and culture/people.

This event is free and open to the public and sponsored by the New Hampshire Humanities.

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Researching Your Old House
Jul
10
7:00 PM19:00

Researching Your Old House

Every house has a history, but how do you discover yours? Join the NH Preservation Alliance’s Andrew Cushing  as he explores tools, tricks, and tips for researching your old house. Using a combination of sources – common and uncommon – anyone can start to assemble a fuller history of their house’s history.

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Saving the Sash: A Hands-on Window Restoration Workshop
Jun
29
9:00 AM09:00

Saving the Sash: A Hands-on Window Restoration Workshop

Sponsored by the NH Preservation Alliance in partnership with the Exeter Heritage and Conservation Commissions

Where: Conservation Center at Raynes Farm, 61 Newfield Road, Exeter, N.H.
Cost: Preservation Alliance Members $60; non-members $70; Preservation Alliance new-member special: $80 (includes workshop and one-year Alliance membership).
Register: Contact the Preservation Alliance at (603) 224-2281. Space is limited, so sign up now!
Contact: Beverly Thomas, 603-224-2281; bt@nhpreservation.org

Wait! Don't Replace Your Old Windows! This workshop offers practical solutions for wood window restoration.

Do you live in an older house with wood windows that could use a little TLC? 

Join the N.H. Preservation Alliance and the Exeter Heritage and Conservation Commissions at the Raynes Barn in Exeter for a hands-on workshop presented by Andrew Roeper of Winn Mountain Restorations to learn how to restore your wood windows to their former glory.

Paint removal, glass cutting, glazing, sash rope replacement, weather stripping and storm window choices will be covered. Participants may bring their own sash or use one provided, and will be guided through the necessary steps of a complete wood window restoration that they can then replicate on their own.  If you are interested in learning how to restore the wood windows in your older home, this workshop is not to be missed! All materials and lunch will be provided.

Repairing and re-tuning older wood windows can often be equally or more energy efficient than installing replacement windows, and avoids the problems of landfill disposal and purchase of new products with relatively short life spans. “In addition to being the greener choice, preserving your historic windows is the best choice to retain the architectural character of your home," said Beverly Thomas, Program Director at the Preservation Alliance.

Lead sponsors of the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance’s Old House & Barn Program include: Bedard Preservation & Restoration, LLC; Fifield Building Restoration & Relocation; Ian Blackman LLC, Restoration & Preservation; and TMS Architects, PA.

And additional sponsors include: Crown Point Cabinetry; Hubbingtons; Levasseur Electrical Contractors; and Brooks Post & Beam, Inc.; Cedar Mill Group, Inc.; Decatur Co.; Fisher Engineering, P.C.; Frank Anazalone Associates; Garland Mill Timberframe; Harrisville Design; JLT Painting; Millrace Builders, LLC; Samyn-D’Elia Architects, P.A.; Selectwood; Steppingstone Masonry; The H.L. Turner Group; and The Lumber Barn.

The Preservation Alliance supports and encourages the revitalization and protection of historic buildings and places, which strengthens communities and local economies.

Established in 1965, the Exeter Conservation Commission manages over 2,800 acres of conservation lands in town, including Raynes Farm, with the goal of cultural and natural resource protection.  The 50-acre property and barn at Raynes Farm was acquired in 2002 with support of town voters and a grant from Land & Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP).

The Exeter Heritage Commission, established by town vote in 2006, serves as a valuable resource to guide manage, recognize, and protect and educate residents about historical and cultural resources. 

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Why Save Old Buildings?
Jun
20
7:00 PM19:00

Why Save Old Buildings?

The Chichester Heritage Commission hosts Andrew Cushing, who will speak on the preservation and repurposing of historic buildings. Cushing will explore the questions: What creative solutions exist that highlight better uses for our historic and obsolete buildings? How can we foster greater appreciation for these community landmarks? What happens when they’re imperiled?

The talk will highlight solutions from around the state.

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Program in New England Studies
Jun
17
to Jun 22

Program in New England Studies

Historic New England presents Program in New England Studies, an intensive week-long exploration of New England decorative arts and architecture from Monday, June 17 to Saturday, June 22, 2019.

At Program in New England Studies you’ll learn about New England culture from the seventeenth century to the Colonial Revival through artifacts and architecture.

Travel throughout New England to hear lectures and presentations by some of the country’s leading experts in regional history, architecture, preservation, and decorative arts. There are workshops, visits to Historic New England properties, other museums, and private homes and collections. Learn about Historic New England’s work to transform the Eustis Estate in Milton, Mass., into a museum and study center; and enjoy a champagne reception on the terrace of Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House on Gloucester Harbor.

The program is a chance to meet people from all over the country who want to learn more about New England and to hear from the connoisseurs who want to share information about their area of expertise. It is perfect for museum professionals, graduate students, owners of historic houses, board members and volunteers of historic house museums, collectors, and anyone with a passion for New England history.

 For a complete itinerary, registration information, and scholarships details visit: https://www.historicnewengland.org/scholarships-available-for-program-in-new-england-studies/

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A Winter Trip to Mt. Washington: Presentation by Marty Engstrom
Jun
12
7:00 PM19:00

A Winter Trip to Mt. Washington: Presentation by Marty Engstrom

Sponsored by Barlett Historical Society

Marty Engstrom, known as“Marty on the Mountain,” lived and worked for nearly four decades on the top of the Northeast’s highest peak. Experiencing the “world’s worst weather” and an aging transmitter that needed a kick every once in a while, Marty worked for Channel 8 news as their transmitter engineer and eventually became their weather reporter.

Marty will share some of his adventures on winter trips to the top of Mount Washington. This should be an entertaining and interesting presentation with first-hand stories about a place most of us have never been (at least during the winter) but all of us have seen from afar.

Please join us for a look into winter world on the top of Mount Washington with the very entertaining Marty Engstrom. Contact Norman Head at 603-986-6278 with any questions.

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Researching Your Old House
Jun
12
7:00 PM19:00

Researching Your Old House

Every house has a history, but how do you discover yours? Join the NH Preservation Alliance’s Andrew Cushing  as he explores tools, tricks, and tips for researching your old house. Using a combination of sources – common and uncommon – anyone can start to assemble a fuller history of their house’s history.

Hosted by the Plymouth Historical Society.

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Preservation Conference and Achievement Awards: Littleton, N.H.
May
31
8:30 AM08:30

Preservation Conference and Achievement Awards: Littleton, N.H.

Join the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance for our biennial conference, "Preserving Community Character: Critical Issues and Opportunities,” in Littleton, N.H., a historic North Country village with one of our state's most vibrant downtowns.

The conference offers great opportunities to learn about new preservation strategies and network with other preservation advocates and practitioners. This year’s conference includes the presentation of the 2019 Preservation Achievement Awards.

Register at https://bit.ly/2v3py5a

Recognized experts in historic preservation and community leaders will lead sessions focused on saving and re-purposing community landmarks, preservation tools and techniques, and best practices to effectively make your case through storytelling and fundraising. Participants can join round-table discussions at lunch on topics of their choice.

The day’s events include historic tours of downtown Littleton, with local perspectives on the town’s award-winning Main Street. The conference concludes with a networking reception at the Littleton Community House, a beautifully restored Victorian mansion.

Learn more about the conference and register here: https://bit.ly/2v3py5a

EVENT SPONSORS

Organizational partners supporting this event include:  AIA New Hampshire, Association of Historical Societies of New HampshireAARP NH, Littleton Historical Society, NH Department of Resources and Economic Development, Bureau of Historic Sites, NH Division of Historical Resources, NH Historical Society, Land and Community Heritage Investment Program, NH Municipal Association, Plan New Hampshire, and Stay Work Play NH.

To date, generous sponsors for the preservation conference include the following: Bedard Preservation & Restoration; Fifield Building Restoration & Relocation LLC; Northland Forest Products; The Rowley Agency; Sheehan Phinney; Arch Weathers Historic Sashworks; New Hampshire Conservation and Heritage License Plate Program (Moose Plate); Sash and Solder; and SMP Architecture.

For more information and registration, visit nhpreservation.org or call 603-224-2281.

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15th Annual Hooksett Heritage Day
May
18
10:00 AM10:00

15th Annual Hooksett Heritage Day

In celebration of Preservation Month, the Heritage Commission, Head School Society, and Historical Society will cosponsor the 15th Annual Hooksett Heritage Day. 

The Heritage Commission will host a program on Hooksett’s town cemeteries at Head Cemetery on Pleasant Street starting at 10 a.m.  Mike Horne, chair of the Hooksett Cemetery Commission, will talk about our cemeteries, past and present.

 After the Cemetery Commission program, Mackenzie Conner, a candidate for a Girl Scout Gold Award, will be debuting her project–a walking tour of Head Cemetery.  Wear comfortable shoes.

The schoolmarms of the Head School Society will be at the school till 12:30 p.m. to show guests around and answer any questions they may have.

If you’ve never had a chance to visit the Arah W. Prescott Historical Library (in front of the Old Town Hall), stop by any time between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. and browse around.  There are lots of great photos, objects, and memorabilia.  You’re sure to learn something you didn’t know before.

As a special treat, thanks to the current owner of the circa 1794 Prescott Tavern (junction of 3A and Pine Street), visitors from noon to 3 p.m. will be allowed to tour the tavern/inn.  In the early days, guests could buy dinner for 20 cents and those wishing to imbibe could get as many glasses of rum as they wished for 3 cents each.  No dinner or rum on the 18th, but guests can view an example of conceptual plans showing the site’s possibilities.

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