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  • Strawbery Banke Museum celebrates $125,000 grant award

    The following was not created by, but is shared by, the Chamber Collaborative of Greater Portsmouth.

    One of 32 LCHIP Awards to Support Natural and Historic Resource Projects Statewide

    PORTSMOUTH—Strawbery Banke Museum is pleased to announce that the Board of Directors of the New Hampshire Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP) has announced an award to Strawbery Banke Museum as one of 32 projects across the state receiving $4.1 million dollars in matching grants. 

    Strawbery Banke Museum, a living-history museum in the heart of historic Portsmouth, New Hampshire, has received a $125,000 grant award for the restoration of the c. 1750 Penhallow House. The grant supports the restoration of the exterior of Penhallow House, in the first stage of a plan to fully restore the house as part of Strawbery Banke’s Heritage House Program. This project will preserve the building for future generations and provide space for an exhibit featuring the 20th-century history of an African American family, the first house exhibit of its kind at the museum and in Portsmouth. Kenneth Richardson was an active member of Portsmouth’s black community during the 1950s: His story will enable the museum to interpret American history in a more inclusive, accurate way. 

    “The work of the Land and Community Heritage Investment Program is critical to preserving and understanding the history of the state,” said Lawrence J. Yerdon, president and CEO. “Strawbery Banke Museum has benefitted enormously over the years from the LCHIP program both from the practical standpoint of funding for projects that ensure the future of the historic buildings but also as inspiration and validation to other donors who are considering project support. We thank LCHIP again for the invaluable role they play to the museum, to Portsmouth, and across New Hampshire.” 

    LCHIP funds will support projects in nine of the state’s 10 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 Strawbery Banke Museum
    Strawbery Banke Museum’s mission is “to promote understanding of the lives of individuals and the value of community through encounters with the history and ongoing preservation of a New England waterfront neighborhood.” Strawbery Banke Museum, in the heart of historic downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire, is a 10-acre outdoor history museum dedicated to bringing 300+ years of American history to life. The museum is a place for children, adults, multigenerational families, and groups to gather to explore heritage gardens, historic buildings, crafts, preservation programs, hands-on activities, stories told by costumed roleplayers, and the changing exhibits that offer hours of fun and discovery. The museum’s restored buildings and open space invite visitors to immerse themselves in the past. The museum welcomes visitors, members, schoolchildren, and volunteers who love New Hampshire history for daily programs, exhibits, skating, and signature special events throughout the year.
    For information about Strawbery Banke Museum visit strawberybanke.orgor call (603) 433-1100

    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 information about LCHIP, visit LCHIP.org or call (603) 224-4113.

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