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!


Preserver said...

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."

Anonymous said...

Here is one of my favorite quotes, from David C. McCullough: "History is a guide to navigation in perilous times. It is who we are and why we are the way we are."

Jennifer at Preservation Alliance said...

If the National Trust is/was aiming for a constituent base of one million people across the U.S., what should our goal be in N.H.?