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The Preservation Movement Then and Now

The Preservation Movement

This traveling exhibition, consisting of thirteen wall-hanging panels, traces the history of the preservation movement in New England. It is available for rental.

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In 1863, the battle to save the 1737 Hancock House in Boston, though unsuccessful, spurred the local preservation movement, becoming a catalyst for later efforts throughout the region. One of the first preservationists, William Sumner Appleton, founded what is now Historic New England to preserve the region’s early buildings, which were rapidly being lost to development or simple neglect. Today, the movement has evolved to focus not only on saving historic sites but also on downtown revitalization, environmental conservation, land and shoreline preservation, and saving not a single building, but whole neighborhoods.

The traveling and online exhibitions are made possible in part by:

The Croll Foundation, The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, Piscataqua Region, and Payne/Bouchier Fine Carpentry.

The Preservation Movement Then and Now