The Rockingham Meeting House. (Zachary P. Stephens/Reformer)
The Rockingham Meeting House. (Zachary P. Stephens/Reformer)

ROCKINGHAM -- The Rockingham Historical (CLG) Commission, which is powered through various grants, has announced it will receive information and education project money to fund an array of activities that celebrate and promote the town ‘s historic resources.

Certified Local Government Coordinator Christy Hotaling told the Reformer the Rockingham Historical Commission applied for the $13,083 matching grant through the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation, which issues funds that can be used for projects such as historic site and structure surveys, National Register of Historic Places nominations, historic preservation planning, information and education ventures and pre-development projects. Hotaling said the CLG communities across the state are eligible for the grants and hers applies every year.

She said it is the job of every CLG to engage and inform the public -- both local and visiting -- through projects and activities and to generally promote preservation within its community.

According to Hotaling, the $13,083 will fund the development of curriculum pertaining to the Rockingham Meeting House and vicinity history that will pair with the Vermont History curriculum for grades 6 through 8. She mentioned a large portion of the grant will fund the salaries of the people who serve as guides to the public at the Meeting House.


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The money will support Rockingham's Annual Old House Awards, which honors citizens local property owners who have restored or renewed their historic houses and commercial buildings, and the Speaker's Program, which consists of a series of public presentations and discussions that address history and historic preservation issues relevant to Rockingham.

The money bestowed upon Rockingham is part of $41,000 in CLG matching grants The Vermont Division for Historic Preservation and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation have awarded to six Vermont towns this year for community-based preservation efforts.

"These six projects raise local awareness and appreciation of the historic buildings in which many of us work, live and gather, buildings we see every day," Vermont State Historic Preservation Officer Laura Trieschmann said in a statement. "Each CLG grant requires a local match, and we are continually impressed by the dedication of local residents and municipal staff in each CLG community to see these projects through to completion. We are as equally dedicated to supporting these communities and celebrating their preservation efforts."

The CLG program was established in 1980 and helps local governments "integrate historic preservation concerns with local planning decisions," according to the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation, which administers the program that is funded by the National Park Service. There are now 14 Vermont communities designated as CLGs.

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