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Historic Langdon Town Hall Meetinghouse.

Home of the most consecutive town meetings

held in all of New Hampshire.
 

Built in 1801-03 when Thomas Jefferson was president. Langdon, New Hampshire has held two hundred and eleven Town Meetings here.

 

Contact: Dennis McClary or Carole-Anne Centre  info@langdonheritage.org .


5th Annual 5K Restoration Run
& Fun Walk
to benefit Langdon Heritage Commission

Saturday May 17th
All photos by  John Gulardo

Click any photo to view full size.


Women's winner and new course record Heidi Westover of Walpole time 23:05

Men's winner Jerry McDougle of Walpole time 27:20

Youth Winner from Westmoreland time 32:10
 

Press Release, for imediate release:


December 6, 2014

The Town of Langdon has been awarded a grant of $53,324 by the New Hampshire Land and Community Heritage Investment Program, LCHIP.

The New Hampshire Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP) has granted the Town Of Langdon, through its Heritage Commission, $53,324 for rehabilitation work on its original 1803 Meetinghouse.

 LCHIP is an independent state authority that makes matching grants to NH communities and non-profits to conserve and preserve New Hampshire's most important natural, cultural and historic resources. Through this investment Program every $1 in resources brings back more than seven times local, private, federal funds, and helps to secure NH's greatest business advantage: The quality of life and traditional values of our state.

To see the complete press release, click here:


 

2008 Designated one of the Seven to Save

2012 placement on the New Hampshire State Register of Historic Places

 

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Heritage Commission 2013 Annual Report

 

It has been another active year at the LHC. We have enjoyed the support and participation of many wonderful people. As an example, Rodney Campbell renovated the historically significant wooden benches you see along the walls of the meetinghouse. Before his work, these benches were tied and wired to keep them together. They are now solid and secure and he has offered to make replicas as needed. Royal and Dianne Holmes recently donated a treasure trove of slide photos and play scripts from the Langdon Players. This material has been cataloged and safely stored in the Heritage Commission Archives.
Dorothy Campbell also donated for safe keeping a generous box of historic Langdon memorabilia also including Langdon Players and Minstrel Show playbooks which will also be safely stored. Sometime in the future we plan to display this material for the whole town to enjoy.
Considerable work has been done by LHC members to catalog and protect important town artifacts. An example of this work can be seen in the Britton-Porter American Legion Post 57, WW1 Honor Roll. The Parish House was the meeting place for the American Legion and the Honor Roll hung there for many years. The building is not used anymore and the Honor Roll was removed for safe keeping. The Heritage Commission asked permission from the Legion to preserve this hand painted piece of Langdon history. It was brought to a professional preservationist who removed mold and some stains from the paper and stabilized it from further deterioration. It was properly matted and framed under ultraviolet protective glass. An unveiling of this important piece took place September 22 at the Meetinghouse.
In early January 2014 we received a $5000 grant from the Monadnock Region Community Fund through the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation. This money along with other funds will pay for the services of an architect. The architect will help us plan and present to the town ideas on how best to approach additional projects on the first floor. For example, Fire Code requirements must be accommodated. The building must meet ADA requirements and increase seating capacity must be addressed. Care must be taken to make sure that long range plans for the second floor are in keeping with its historical importance and its integrity is maintained while making it safe for the townspeople to use
The Selectboard budgeted and completed the much needed painting of the building exterior this past summer. In addition, the windows were glazed and washed. The Langdon sign was restored and some clapboards were replaced. Thank you to the townspeople who supported the Selectboard’s warrant article that made this possible.
The Selectboard has also made plans to replace the aged first floor furnace and replace it with a new unit to be located in the new basement of the Meetinghouse.
Another special, community entertainment event has been planned for the afternoon of March 9th from 2:00 to 4:00. Edie Clark, who comes to us through the NH Humanities Council, will be giving a talk on regional foods — “Baked Beans and Fried Clams: How Food Defines a Region. This free event was made possible through the NH Humanities to Go Program and a donation from a local couple.
On May 18 we hosted a fund raising 5K run/walk. It was a special race this year, won by Langdon residents on both the men's and women's side. Griffin Dussault tied for first in the men's division and Jess O’Connor won the women's division.
Last November, the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance board of directors took a tour of the Meetinghouse. This is the organization that awards the prestigious “Seven to Save” designation of which the Meetinghouse is a recipient. They were impressed with the Town’s progress since the award was granted in 2008.
The Meetinghouse is available for your use. The town’s Administrative Assistant has all the information needed to request the use of the building for your function. The building has been used for meetings, talks, community and family events including birthday parties with music, dancing and catered food. It has also been used for the Sarah Porter Christmas pageant and other school events.
In 2007 the citizens of Langdon established the Heritage Commission according to “RSA 674:44 for the proper recognition, use, and protection of resources, tangible or intangible, primarily man-made, that are valued for their historic, cultural, aesthetic, or community significance within their natural, built, or cultural contexts.” We count it a privilege to join in this work. We meet on the first Wednesday of the month at 7:00 in the Meetinghouse. All are welcome to attend.
Your tax deductible donation under IRS Code 170 C (1) can be sent to the Langdon Heritage Commission, 122 NH Rte 12A, Unit 4, Langdon, NH 03602 or you can visit www.langdonheritage.org and donate on-line. Checks can be made to “Langdon Heritage Commission”.
Respectfully submitted,

Dennis McClary, Chair Carole-Anne Centre, Secretary Bud Ross, Ex officio
Kathryn Gallagher, Treasurer Andrea Cheeney Caroline Cross
Cliff Oster John and Rita Gulardo Mike Sweeney Lorraine Chaffee


 

IMMEDIATE RELEASE JAN. 13, 2014
Contact: Dennis McClary , chairman of Langdon Heritage Commission
(603) -209-1788
 

Langdon Heritage Commission has been awarded a grant by New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, Monadnock Regional Community Fund

The Monadnock Regional Community Fund, through the NH Charitable Foundation, has awarded a $5,000 grant to the Langdon Heritage Commission for architectural plans for the further renovation of the historic Langdon Meetinghouse.
The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation manages a growing collection of charitable funds created by individuals, families and businesses. It awards $30 million annually in grants and scholarships. Based in Concord, the foundation roots itself in the communities through regional advisory boards, serving communities throughout New Hampshire, southeastern Maine and eastern Vermont. More information is available at www.nhcf.org or by calling 603-224-6641.

The Langdon Meetinghouse was listed as one of New Hampshire Preservation Alliance's "Seven to Save" structures in 2008. This designation recognizes historic sites and buildings that are important to the landscape and heritage of New Hampshire. This historic building was also recently added to the New Hampshire Registry of Historic Places and is home of the most consecutive town meetings held in all of New Hampshire
The Langdon Heritage Commission is charged with preserving, protecting and promoting Langdon’s historic, cultural and natural assets. The Commission can be reached by emailing to: info@langdonheritage.org. More information is available at www.langdonheritage.org .
 


An LHC archival team is cataloging items in our new archival storage area which is located at the Municipal Building. Town treasures continue to be found or donated to the LHC. Old photographs of people and places in Langdon are welcomed. We are able to scan photos into our archives while you wait. If you are interested please contact us. We also need volunteers to help us with preserving Langdon’s heritage. All are welcome to join us every first Wednesday of the month, at 7:00 PM at the Langdon Town Hall.
 


The Langdon Heritage Commission was formed in 2007 to properly recognize, use, preserve and protect our significant, historic, cultural, natural and aesthetic assets. In so doing we not only preserve our buildings and land, we build community connections, establish trust among diverse groups, encourage volunteerism, develop community leaders and enhance the livability of our community.

In March 2010, for the two hundred and eighth consecutive time
, citizens walked through the same Meetinghouse doors for another official Town Meeting. No other building in the State of New Hampshire has held as many consecutive New England style annual Town Meetings.

This historic structure needs extensive rehabilitation to remain a viable place for citizens to meet.

We ask for your support.

The Langdon Heritage Commission is charged with preserving, protecting and promoting Langdon’s historic, cultural and natural assets.

 

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