Heritage Commission

HERITAGE COMMISSION MISSION

Ensure the proper recognition of Ashland’s historical, cultural, and aesthetic resources significant to the community.

ACTIVE PROJECTS

Town Hall LCHIP Grant — to raise matching funds and provide voter information on the benefits of this matching grant. It is a Historic Structure Report, a professionally developed plan of rehabilitation and reuse with a very detailed and comprehensive analysis of the building’s current condition and use with particular attention paid to its use into the future. The final report will include recommendations and design drawings for rehabilitation work with estimated costs and timelines. This study will identify its historic character-defining features to retain while planning renovations for a building with greater public access. This type of report is necessary for any future grant applications for funding for renovation work.

Barn Survey — collecting data including age, size, style, use and location of Ashland’s historic barns 75 years or older for inclusion in New Hampshire Preservation Alliance “52 Barns in 52 Weeks” and Ashland Historical Society’s records. Focus is first on the 13 free-standing agricultural barns.

Ashland 2018 — collecting photographs from property owners of their homes and outbuildings to establish an historic record of what Ashland looked like on its 150th anniversary.

Town-Owned Historic Buildings Inventory — detailing age, size, use, value, historic significance and future needs of Town Hall and Jail, Whipple House, Scribner Library and Booster Club.

MEMBERS OF THE HERITAGE COMMISSION

Susan MacLeod, Chair (term expires 2020)
Katie Maher, Finance (term expires 2018)
David Ruell, Recording Secretary (term expires 2019)
Kathleen DeWolfe (term expires 2018)
Leigh Sharps, Selectboard Representative (term expires 2018)

MEETINGS

Regular meetings of the Heritage Commission are the 2nd Tuesday in the 1st month of each quarter. Other meetings will be held as needed.

MINUTES of the Heritage Commission

2017 Minutes

September 12, 2017
August 8, 2017
July 10, 2017
June 13, 2017
May 9, 2017
April 11, 2017
March 21, 2017
January 10, 2017

2016 Minutes

December 13, 2016
November 1, 2016
July 12, 2016
June 14, 2016
May 10, 2016
April 12, 2016
March 9, 2016
February 10, 2016
January 12, 2016

2015 Minutes
November 10, 2015
October 13, 2015
September 22, 2015

4TH OF JULY SUB-COMMITTEE

2017 July 4th Dates Set

MINUTES of the 4th of July Sub-Committee

October 11, 2017
September 13, 2017
August 14, 2017
June 12, 2017
May 8, 2017
April 10, 2017
March 21, 2017
January 9, 2017
November 14, 2016
September 12, 2016

Establishment of the Ashland Heritage Commission

On March 10, 2015, the voters of Ashland, New Hampshire, approved the following Warrant Article #16:

“To see if the Town will vote to establish a Heritage Commission in accordance with the provisions of RSA 673 and RSA 674 and a Heritage Fund in accordance with the provisions of RSA 674:44-a to 44-d and to authorize the Board of Selectmen to appoint five citizens as members of the Heritage Commission pursuant to the provisions of RSA 673:4-a and RSA 673:5; one member of the Heritage Commission shall be a selectman, and up to three additional citizens shall be appointed as alternate members.

An advisory entity, a Heritage Commission is for the proper recognition, use, and protection of resources, tangible or intangible, primarily man made, that are valued for their historical, cultural, aesthetic, or community significance within their natural, built or cultural contexts. Powers and duties of a heritage commission include: To advise and assist other local boards and commissions on matters related to historic resources; To work in tandem with the Ashland Historical Society to survey and inventory historic resources; To assist the Planning Board in writing or updating the historic and cultural resources chapter in the Master Plan; To propose and implement other preservation planning; To assist in coordinating and fundraising for cultural events for the Town.

“Upon approval of this article the present Ashland Historic Commission, which was established in 1970 for the limited purpose of taking responsibility for the Whipple House, will be terminated and the duties and functions of that Commission will be assumed by the Heritage Commission.”

Historical Note: The Historic Commission

The Ashland Historic Commission was established by the Ashland Town Meeting, on March 10, 1970, upon receiving the gift of “the land and building of the Whipple homestead to be used and maintained as an historical building for the preservation and perpetuation of historical articles and for activities related thereto.”

In March 2015, the Historic Commission was replaced by the Heritage Commission.