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Historical Society Celebrates $50,000 LCHIP grant

November 26, 2020
BERLIN — The Board of Directors of the Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP) has announced $4.1 million dollars in matching grants awarded to thirty-two projects across the state, including the Maynesboro Stud Barn in Berlin.

The Berlin & Cos County Historical Society, owner of the Moffett House Museum & Genealogy Center and the Brown Company Barns, has received a $50,000 grant award to support the rehabilitation/restoration of the Maynesboro Stud Barn, one of the two Brown Co. Barns, located at 137 East Milan Road, Berlin.

"We are very appreciative of LCHIP's investment in the Maynesboro Stud Barn" said Walter Nadeau, director of the Berlin & Coos County Historical Society. "The LCHIP award will enable the Historical Society to rehabilitate/restore an integral part of early Arabian Horse industry and Berlin's logging history."

The Maynesboro Stud Barn project involves the changing out of 2300 square feet of weathered/aged shingles, scraping, cleaning and painting the entire barn with two coats of paint, along with the reglazing and painting of the thirty-six 6 over 6 glass pane windows. An extensive exterior drainage system will be installed around the entire barn. Finally, interior work will be done consisting of structural repairs, including replacement of wind braces, floor plank replacement in the hay loft and main level floor of the barn. The Maynesboro Stud Barn measures 126 feet long X 50 feet wide X 52 feet tall.

LCHIP funds will support projects in nine of the state's ten counties. This grant round was highly competitive, with nearly $8 million in funding requests compared to $4.1 million available for grants. LCHIP Board of Directors Chair Amanda Merrill of Durham observed that "With the large number and high quality of applications that were submitted this year, the board had the satisfaction of awarding grants to a variety of wonderful projects, and the regret of being unable to support many others. It is clear to me that the work of LCHIP is more important than ever."

Grant recipients are required to raise a minimum of one dollar for each dollar provided by LCHIP. This year's awards of $4.1 million will be matched by nearly $18 million that the project proponents will raise from other public and private sources, infusing a total of over $22 million into the state's economy in direct project activity.

About the Berlin & Cos County Historical Society:

The Berlin & Coos County Historical Society (BCCHS) was founded in 1990 with a mission to educate a broad and diverse public about the county's rich history and culture with an eye to showing its significance to our lives today. In support of this mission, the society collects, preserves, and displays materials pertaining to Coos County in general and Berlin in particular. BCCHS manages the Moffett House Museum & Genealogy Center, 119 High Street, and the two Brown Company Barns in Berlin. The Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, noon to four.

For more information about the Berlin & Coos County Historical Society visit Berlinnhhistoricalsociety.org or call 752-4590.

About New Hampshire's Land and Community Heritage Investment Program

The New Hampshire Land and Community Heritage Investment Program is an independent state authority created by the legislature in 2000. LCHIP's legislative mandate is to ensure the perpetual contribution of natural, cultural and historic resources to the economy, environment, and quality of life in New Hampshire. LCHIP does this by providing matching grants to New Hampshire communities and non-profits to conserve and preserve the state's most important natural, cultural and historic resources. The program has provided 499 grants which have helped to conserve approximately 294,000 acres of land for food production, water quality, ecological values, timber management and recreation and supported 301 projects to rehabilitate 286 historic structures and sites. Grants have been awarded in all parts of the state and in 176 of New Hampshire's 234 communities. Fifty million dollars of state money have led to a total project value of more than $289 million. The money for LCHIP grants comes from fees on four documents recorded at the Registry of Deeds in every county of the state.

For more information about LCHIP, visit LCHIP.org or call 224-4113

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