Historic New England receives $25,000 grant for Langdon House research

Dec 14, 2022

New Hampshire’s Land and Community Heritage Investment Program awards thirty-four grants to communities and non-profit organizations across the state.

Gov. John Langdon House exterior

Historic New England receives a $25,000 grant for Langdon House from the New Hampshire Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP)

Governor Sununu today announced $4.3 million in matching grants to support thirty-four land conservation and historic preservation projects across the state. The grants will assist municipalities, non-profit organizations and community groups in rehabilitating seventeen historic structures and permanently conserving more than 2,700 acres of farm, timber, and ecologically significant land in all ten counties of the state, including Historic New England’s 1784 Langdon House in Portsmouth, N.H. Langdon House is an exceptional Georgian mansion and a National Historic Landmark. Historic New England has owned and cared for the property since 1947. It is one of three Historic New England sites in the city.

Preservation Manager Bruce Blanchard with Governor Sununu, LCHIP’s board chair Ben Wilcox, and LCHIP’s executive director Paula Bellemore. Photo by Joe Klementovich

Historic New England will use the $25,000 matching grant to support the commission of a historic structures report (HSR). The HSR will provide a comprehensive history of the site and serve as a planning guide for the site’s long-term preservation, improvements to the visitor experience, and enhanced programmatic use. It will pair the historical analysis with research underway through Recovering New England’s Voices, Historic New England’s initiative to discover more inclusive stories of the people who lived and interacted with the property over time.

How you can help

Historic New England is raising funds to complete this match. You can help by making a donation.

About New Hampshire’s Land and Community Heritage Investment Program

The New Hampshire Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP) is an independent state authority created by the legislature in 2000 to ensure the perpetual contribution of natural, cultural and historic resources to the economy, environment, and quality of life in New Hampshire. Since 2000, LCHIP has provided 564 matching grants to municipalities and non-profit organizations, investing over $58 million to help partners conserve more than 236,000 acres of land and rehabilitate 341 historic buildings. Grants have been awarded in all parts of the state and in 195 of New Hampshire’s 234 communities. The money for LCHIP grants comes from a surcharge assessed when recording documents at county Registries of Deeds. For more information about LCHIP, visit the website or call (603) 224-4113.

About Historic New England

Historic New England is the largest and most comprehensive independent preservation organization in the U.S. It welcomes the public to thirty-eight exceptional museums and landscapes, including several coastal farms. The organization operates a major collections and archives center in Haverhill, Massachusetts, and has the world’s largest collection of New England artifacts, comprising more than 123,000 decorative arts and objects and 1.5 million archival documents including photographs, architectural drawings, manuscripts, and ephemera. Engaging education programs for youths, adults, and preservation professionals and award-winning exhibitions and publications are offered in person and virtually. The Historic New England Preservation Easement program is a national leader and protects 118 privately owned historic properties throughout the region.