We are a community-based organization focused on remembering local and New England history. We are scheduling interesting programs, utilizing NH Humanities To-Go-Programs as well as local talent. If we don't remember, who will? We usually sponsor fundraisers to keep open the historic Courthouse, the Early Settlers' Meeting House & Grant Hall, our museum, but this year we couldn't. Dues are only $10pp due in October, & it would be much appreciated if you could add a bit more as a donation to help repair the broken chimney! See the next box below.
Even though we only have a partial Board of Directors, we are trying to maintain this organization.
See that chimney on the left? One of those very windy storms broke the corner & we lost many bricks, which in turn broke many roof slates. We are getting it repaired this fall, but we sure could use donations in any amount! Since we couldn't hold any fundraisers, we are in great need. The insurance money only covered part of the cost, as usual.
Whether you help through monetary donations, attending our programs, volunteering your time, or spreading our mission through word-of-mouth, thank you. A big thank you to our neighbor, Sharie Cohen, at Early Settlers' Meeting House for all the mowing that she does. Also to Jim Spencer & Matt Sawyer for all the snow removal done voluntarily at the Courthouse. We couldn't accomplish our goals without the help of supporters like you.
Don't forget to click on the buttons at the top of this page to see our calendar of events & info about the Grant Hall Museum & Early Settlers' Meeting House.
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This authorizes towns to grant property tax relief to owners of barns and other older farm buildings
Demonstrate the public benefit of preserving your barn and/or buildings. In return, municipalities provide a tax relief of 25-75% of the full assessed value.
You agree to maintain them throughout a 10 year preservation easement. Maintenance & repairs will not increase the assessment while the easement is in effect.
Beverly Thomas, program director, says "People across the state and their municipal leaders understand the significance of these historic structures. Ask your selectmen if your town participates.
There is a total of 100 municipalities enrolled: 603 structures are being preserved. This incentive provides the opportunity to continue to use the buildings in creative ways. These barns bring value to the scenic landscape of the communities.
Carl Schmidt, chair of the NH Agricultural Structures Advisory Committee, says that the program is growing, but is still under-utilized.
For information contact www.nhpreservation.org.
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