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The Town of Kingston and City of Rochester Named Certified Local Governments

May 20, 2014



CONCORD, N.H., May 20 -- The New Hampshire Department of Cultural Resources issued the following news release:

The N.H. Division of Historical Resources has announced that the Town of Kingston and the City of Rochester have been named Certified Local Governments.

The Certified Local Government program in New Hampshire promotes the preservation of prehistoric and historic sites, structures, objects, buildings and districts by establishing a partnership between local governments and the NHDHR.

A municipality wishing to become a Certified Local Government must fulfill certain requirements indicating its commitment to local preservation, including establishing either a historic district commission or a heritage commission with historic district responsibilities.

Both Kingston and Rochester have historic district commissions that serve as advisory bodies to their municipal governments and land use boards, and both communities have locally designated historic districts.

Among Kingston's architecturally noteworthy buildings are the Sanborn Seminary, Nichols Memorial Library and a Masonic Building. Rochester's downtown is listed to the National Register of Historic Places and includes a mix of commercial, industrial and residential areas.

Created by the 1980 amendments to the National Historic Preservation Act, the Certified Local Government program requires the NHDHR to designate at least 10 percent of its annual federal Historic Preservation Funds to support municipalities that have become Certified Local Governments. These grants can be used to fund community preservation activities such as historic survey and inventory of buildings and archaeological sites, nominations to the National Register of Historic Places, preservation planning, heritage education, historic structures reports and other pre-development work, and brick and mortar projects. Other benefits of the program include technical assistance from the NHDHR on local planning issues, special training opportunities, and a role in commenting on nominations to the National Register of Historic Places.

New Hampshire'sDivision of Historical Resources, the "State Historic Preservation Office," was established in 1974. The historical, archaeological, architectural, engineering and cultural resources of New Hampshire are among the most important environmental assets of the state. Historic preservation promotes the use, understanding and conservation of such resources for the education, inspiration, pleasure and enrichment of New Hampshire's citizens. For more information, visit us online at www.nh.gov/nhdhr or by calling 603-271-3483.

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