Division of Historical Resources celebrates 50 years of preservation

Daylong symposium will include preservation success stories, panel discussion

The NH Division of Historical Resources will host “We’re Golden: Celebrating 50 Years of the National Historic Preservation Act,” a daylong symposium focusing on historic preservation in the Granite State, in Concord on Friday, Oct. 28.

Signed by President Lyndon Baines Johnson on Oct. 15, 1966, the act declared that the historical and cultural foundations should be preserved to give a sense of orientation to the American people.

“We’re Golden” will include presentations describing a wide range of New Hampshire preservation success stories, a panel discussion about the history of preservation in the state and a keynote address by Charlene Dwin Vaughn, assistant director at the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation.

“New Hampshire is well-known for our historic buildings, bridges, landscapes, cemeteries and archeological sites – they are part of who we are,” said Elizabeth Muzzey, director of the NHDHR and state historic preservation officer. “We’re looking forward to sharing inspiring stories about the great work that can be accomplished when people come together to preserve elements of our past that are still very much part of both our present and our future.”

People interested in learning more about historic preservation success stories in New Hampshire, including members of historic commissions, environmental and engineering firms, federal and state agencies, and cultural resource consultants are invited to attend.

Sponsors for the event are Hoyle, Tanner and Associates; Hunter Research; Public Archeology Laboratory; SEARCH and the NH Department of Transportation. Partners include the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance and PlanNH.

For more information about “We’re Golden” and to register, visit nh.gov/nhdhr. There is no fee to attend but seating is limited and advance registration is required.

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