Tuesday, April 27, 2010

"This Place Matters"

A very thoughtful group got together this afternoon in Concord for the first brainstorming session on the state’s new preservation plan. Attendees enjoyed refreshments, did a little non-plan business, and pinpointed their favorite historical places on a map of the state. Focusing on the day’s topic, the group also worked on answering these questions:

1. What are our success stories over the last five years?

2. What are the social, economic, political, legal and environmental trends that impact these resources – for better and for worse?

3. Where are the information gaps? Resources, tools, policies or programs?

4. What are the goals and objectives for the next five years? And beyond?

Later posts will summarize the discussions in Concord; right now see the comments below for some of the most special places in the state.

Feeling Rushed or Shy?

If you are feeling shy about being first to comment on our blog, here’s a way to contribute without spending a lot of time mobilizing your thoughts, writing, revising, and spell-checking.

Please share one or two of your favorite preservation quotations (with credits or citations, if possible) to help build a collection for the Preservation Plan.  Check the current plan for examples, such as:

“What do we mean by planning? We simply mean providing in advance for the best ways of meeting our expected future needs and avoiding potential problems. We all make plans in arranging our own individual affairs. Those who do not plan ahead soon find themselves and their families in serious difficulties. If personal planning is necessary, it is equally important for us as individual citizens to join together in planning for our community. Indeed, it is even more important, for lack of personal planning ordinarily hurts only a single individual or family; failure of a community to plan may cause untold problems affecting all its citizens.”
Acworth New Hampshire: Comprehensive Master Plan, 1979.  Acworth, NH: Town of Acworth, 1979.

Or think about Daniel Webster’s famous observation (an online search will return multiple versions):  "It is wise for us to recur to the history of our ancestors. Those who do not look upon themselves as a link, connecting the past with the future, do not perform their duty to the world." 

Monday, April 12, 2010

NH State Preservation Plan 2011-2015

In order to compile the next NH State Preservation Plan we need your goals, challenges and directions.

It's important to emphasize that the plan does not set a path for what the DHR will be doing over the next five years, but for what the entire state hopes to do to preserve its historical buildings, neighborhoods, downtowns, archeological sites and traditional landscapes.

Please take a look at the current plan, and start to consider how it should be updated. Read over the progress report that begins on page four, and think of the preservation success stories that have meant the most to you over the last five years. Please post your comments below.  Photos are terrific as well.

Thanks in advance for your ideas and your help!