Published DateBOW — Many New Hampshire communities are defined by their historic buildings and landscapes. Carefully saved and preserved objects, documents, and artifacts complement these aspects of the built environment. But who bears responsibility for saving and caring for this heritage of our cities, towns and villages? What's the difference between a Historical Society and a Heritage Commission, and does every community need both?
Maggie Stier of the Preservation Alliance will introduce the typical organizational structure and mission of a historical society, and summarize the various activities and current status of local historical societies in NH. She will also review bylaws, governance, and non-profit status as well as the basics of collections management, exhibits and education, and membership and fundraising.
Nadine Peterson, Preservation Planner for the NH Division of Historical Resources, will discuss the powers and functions of a Heritage Commission, and share some of their activities as allowed by state statute, such as advising other community boards or commissions, preserving specific historic buildings, or carrying out recognition or educational activities within a municipality. She will also touch on related strategies and tools for preservation of buildings and other resources such as bridges, farms or public monuments.
Who should attend this workshop? Members of local historical societies, heritage commissions, historic district commissions, cemetery commissions, other local officials, and anyone who cares about the preservation and protection of community resources and historic artifacts. The audience will learn that it takes a number of organizations and agencies, as well as many volunteers, all working in cooperation, to preserve our past, guide decisions about the future, and safeguard the special qualities of each community in the state.