Book of the Week (10/17/2016)

Preserving old barns: Preventing the loss of a valuable resource by John C. Porter and Francis E. Gilman (New Hampshire : UNH Cooperative Extension, 2001.)

On October 28th, 2016, the N.H. Division of Historical Resources will host “We’re Golden: Celebrating 50 Years of the National Historic Preservation Act.” This is a daylong symposium that focuses on historic preservation in New Hampshire, and will occur in Concord.

Elizabeth Muzzey, director of the NHDHR and state historic preservation officer was stated as saying, “New Hampshire is well-known for our historic buildings, bridges, landscapes, cemeteries and archaeological sites – they are part of who we are. 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.”

I chose "Preserving old barns: Preventing the loss of a valuable resource" as the book to feature this week because of its strong connection to the goals of the National Historic Preservation Act, as well as the fact that it features the preservation of New Hampshire barns; one of the many beautiful features of the Granite State.
"Old barns are tangible evidence of our rural past and the evolution of agriculture in New Hampshire. Along with various outbuildings, barns were essential parts of the farm unit in meeting the needs of rural life. These structures are being abandoned to make way for newer structures better adapted to today's modern agricultural requirements. However, there is renewed interest in preserving these venerable structures. Barn preservation requires the owner to appreciate the aesthetic and historical value of the structure and make a commitment to maintain its structural integrity." -Amazon.com
For more information about “We’re Golden” and to register for the event, visit nh.gov/nhdhr. There is no fee to attend but seating is limited and advance registration is required.

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