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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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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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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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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Seven to Save Announcement
Oct
1
5:00 PM17:00

Seven to Save Announcement

Join the Preservation Alliance as we announce 2019’s Seven to Save list at Danbury’s Blazing Star Grange.

Tours of local landmarks and former Seven to Saves will be available.

Grange supper to follow the announcement. RSVPs are requested. More information to come.

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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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N.H. Preservation Alliance Hosts Online Auction
May
10
to Jun 2

N.H. Preservation Alliance Hosts Online Auction

May is Preservation Month and a good time to help support New Hampshire’s historic resources by participating in the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance’s online auction. Proceeds from the auction will help support Seven to Save endangered properties and old farms and barns across the state.

Link to the auction site:

https://www.biddingforgood.com/auction/auctionhome.action?auctionId=341692573

This year’s online auction will feature tickets to cultural sites and workshops, behind-the-scenes tours, wonderful getaways and valuable preservation services. For example, participants will have an opportunity to bid on a special outing for four at the Castle in the Clouds (pictured at left) — a historic estate in Moultonborough — for a carriage ride, tour and lunch. Or bid on a wonderful evening of dining and lodging at the Horse and Hound Inn in Franconia.

Thanks for your interest in the Preservation Alliance’s online auction. We appreciate your support for the history and heritage of New Hampshire!

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Managing Municipal, Museum, and Other Non-Profit Historic Properties
May
10
9:00 AM09:00

Managing Municipal, Museum, and Other Non-Profit Historic Properties

Leading Locally: Non-Profit and Preservation Management Strategies for Historic Properties

Join staff from Historic New England and other expert professionals for the second of three Leading Locallyworkshops on issues related to managing museum, non-profit, and municipally owned historic properties.

Managing historic buildings owned by municipalities, non-profits, and small museums presents numerous challenges. In this installment of the series, explore funding mechanisms; zoning, planning, and code regulations that affect historic properties; and treatment approaches to maintaining historic buildings. Learn from preservation professionals who manage historic sites and make treatment decisions, including reviews of condition assessments, cyclical maintenance, disaster preparedness, and working with contractors.

Workshop location: Haverhill Regional Office, 151 Essex Street, Haverhill, Mass.

Workshop fee: $30 non-members; $25 for Historic New England member. Box lunch and beverages provided.

Register at HistoricNewEngland.org or call 617-994-6644 for more information.

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Caring for Museum and Historic Buildings: Their Structures, Finishes, and Contents
May
3
9:00 AM09:00

Caring for Museum and Historic Buildings: Their Structures, Finishes, and Contents

Leading Locally: Non-Profit and Preservation Management Strategies for Historic Properties

Join staff from Historic New England and other expert professionals for the first of three Leading Locally workshops on issues related to managing museum, non-profit, and municipally owned historic properties.

Held at the Historic New England’s Haverhill Regional Office, this workshop focuses on conservation, care, and cleaning standards and methods related to small museums and historic houses. Learn from collections professionals about maintenance and cleaning of historic interiors, new approaches to integrated pest management, and conservation treatments for common objects. Includes a tour of collections storage and hands-on training stations.

Workshop location: Haverhill Regional Office, 151 Essex Street, Haverhill, Mass.

Workshop fee: $30 non-members; $25 for Historic New England member. Box lunch and beverages provided.

Register at HistoricNewEngland.org or call 617-994-6644 for more information.

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The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards: Treatment Considerations
May
1
to May 2

The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards: Treatment Considerations

The National Preservation Institute hosts this in-depth workshop with John Cullinane, AIA in Montpelier, VT.

The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties form the basis for historic property rehabilitation for all federal undertakings, for federal tax benefits, and often for state, local, and private projects. Explore the standards in detail with particular attention to the preservation of historic fabric, sustainable strategies, energy conservation, accessibility considerations, health and safety codes, security issues, and climate change. Participants have the opportunity to discuss the application of the Standards to their projects.

Registration costs $300 (students)-$600, but scholarships are available. For more information: https://npi.org/sem-stand.html

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Enfield Shaker Museum Spring Shaker Forum
Apr
26
to Apr 28

Enfield Shaker Museum Spring Shaker Forum

A weekend of lectures by Shaker scholars, tours of the Museum, special activities, updates on preservation projects, networking with colleagues and friends, lodging and meals in the Great Stone Dwelling and special presentations on Friday and Saturday evenings.

To register or receive an electronic copy of the full program/registration form, please call the Museum at (603) 632-4346 or email education@shakermuseum.org.

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Researching Your Old House
Apr
11
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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Strong Towns: Transportation in the Next American City
Apr
3
6:30 PM18:30

Strong Towns: Transportation in the Next American City

What does it mean to be a Strong Town? Chuck Marohn, the Founder and President of Strong Towns, will present on Wednesday, April 3 at 6:30 PM at the Portsmouth Public Library.

Mr. Marohn is a Professional Engineer (PE) licensed in the State of Minnesota and a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP).

THE PROBLEM WE FACE

For generations, North American communities have been growing—or at least, they’ve been building. But as we’ve paved endless roads, raised countless buildings and put more and more infrastructure in the ground, we’ve given almost no thought to whether future generations will be able to afford to maintain the world we’ll leave them — or how many of the things we build are making our communities worse places to live today.

THE STRONG TOWNS APPROACH

The Strong Towns approach is a radically new way of thinking about the way we build our world. We believe that in order to truly thrive, our cities and towns must:

• Stop valuing efficiency and start valuing resilience;

• Stop betting our futures on huge, irreversible projects, and
start taking small, incremental steps;

• Stop fearing change and start embracing a process of
continuous adaptation;

• Stop building our world based on abstract theories, and start
building it based on how our places actually work and what our
neighbors actually need today;

• Stop obsessing about future growth and start obsessing about
our current finances.

RSVP

We will reserve ample time for questions and discussion. The event is free and all are welcome. Please register here to help ensure sufficient seating.

Event Sponsors: Piscataqua Savings Bank, Rosamond Thaxter Foundation, Piscataqua Garden Club, and the Geoffrey E. Clark and Martha Fuller Clark Fund of the NH Charitable Foundation.

Event Partners: Seacoast Media Group, PortsmouthNH.com, Coruway Film Institute, Sailmaker House, and Workforce Housing Coalition of the Greater Seacoast. 

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Researching Your Old House
Mar
7
6:30 PM18:30

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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The Clock Watching Over Us: Historic Preservation of New England's Tower Clocks
Mar
3
2:00 PM14:00

The Clock Watching Over Us: Historic Preservation of New England's Tower Clocks

2 pm - Music from the Woods peforms Fiddle & Guitar

2:30 to 3:30 pm - Presentation by Phil D’Avanza with Q&A following

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.

Philip D'Avanza repairs and preserves antique clocks of all makes and sizes and specializes in tower clock repair in historic structures throughout New England.

Renowned fiddler James Pero and guitarist Stan Arthur are known as the group Music from the Woods.

SNOW DATE IS MARCH 10th.

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The Old House Speaks, or Researching Historic Homes in NH Workshop
Feb
23
1:00 PM13:00

The Old House Speaks, or Researching Historic Homes in NH Workshop

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Ever wonder about the history of your house and the people who lived there? This practical workshop helps researchers learn more about historic structures in New Hampshire, particularly the old homes that still stand in every Granite State community. Presenters Bill Veillette (executive director of the Northeast Document Conservation Center) and James L. Garvin (retired state architectural historian) demonstrate the variety of resources available to learn about New Hampshire houses, provide tips on how to approach research, and offer examples of how to “connect the dots” to create a compelling story of a historic house and its occupants, including deciphering the architectural clues found in every old house about the nature of its construction and the details of its physical features. This workshop is offered in association with the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance.

The cost is $35 for New Hampshire Historical Society members or members of the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance and $50 for nonmembers. Register online at Eventbrite.com, mail in the registration form, or call 603-856-0621 to register by phone and pay with a credit card.

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