"The Friends of the Lempster Meetinghouse (FLMH) is a non-profit, 501(c)(3)
group whose mission is to conserve, restore, and rehabilitate the Lempster
Formed in 2006, FLMH received a $75,000 New Hampshire Land
and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP) grant for emergency
stabilization of the Meetinghouse - FLMH's 'Phase One'. This generous grant required full in-kind
and monetary ‘matching funds’.
FLMH sees the need to tackle the challenges of preserving this building
head-on. The use of an architectural firm and contractors with expertise in historic
restoration are essential.
The LCHIP grant match for Phase One was met and Phase One was completed in 2009. FLMH seeks to complete the
building’s critical restoration. Phase Two will improve the building's usablility by adding toilet facilities, a
well, septic, modern electrical and fire protection, and handicap accessibility.
"The FLMH [Friends of the Lempster Meeting House] are a dedicated
group of volunteers who have thoughtfully approached the rehabiltation
of one of the community's most visible and treasured historic buildings.
While it is tempting to jump into such a project to fix or mend visible
problems, the approach of the FLMH to hire and consult professionals
who will assist in formulating a long-range preservation plan for the
building is ultimately what is best for the building. Proper planning
and a systematic and well thought-out approach to the stabilization and
future use of the building will result in a building that will serve
the community at its optimal capacity for future generations. "
Amy Dixon, LCHIP [New Hampshire's Land & Community
Heritage Investment Program, http://www.lchip.org/]
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