|Contact:||Linda Frawley, 603-528-5667
Wallace Rhodes, 603-267-6272
|Address:||PO Box 310
143 Main Street
Belmont, NH 03220-0310
Photo Linda Frawley
|Linda Frawley, Chairman (2017)||Wallace Rhodes, Vice Chairman (2018)||Ronald Cormier, Ex Officio (2017)|
|Shayne Duggan (2017)||Brian Watterson (2017)||Priscilla Annis, Secretary (2018)|
|Vicki Donovan (2018)|
The Commission consists of seven members appointed by the Board of Selectmen for three-year terms. Rules of Procedure
Purpose & Description
The Belmont Heritage Commission was founded by citizens at the 2004 Town Meeting. Under New Hampshire law RSA 674:44-b as a Land Use Board, we promote recognition, use and protection of the unique historic and cultural resources of Belmont, and also integrate preservation planning as a partnership with individuals, businesses, Town boards and other appropriate groups. (Adopted by the Belmont Heritage Commission on January 13, 2005)
Heritage Commission members have served as founders, directors, officers and members of the Belmont Historical Society, Budget Committee, Town Hall Study Committee, Master Plan 2001-2002, and Old Home Day Committee, speakers at NH Office of Energy and Planning and NH Preservation Alliance conferences. Members Ron Cormier (ex officio), Shayne Duggan, Linda Frawley and Wallace Rhodes actively served on the Village Revitalization Committee since 2009. Rhodes and Frawley were catalysts of 1996 and 2010 Plan NH charrettes, respectively.
- Community Heritage Awards presented annually in November with the Selectmen - award-winning restoration of the 1908 Belmont Village Bandstand
- Successful grants/funding for preservation, programs and projects from the NH Preservation Alliance, Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP), American Resource and Recovery Act, John M. Sargent Fund and NH Humanities Council
- Major technical services from NH Division of Historical Resources (NHDHR) and others
- Community sponsor and organizer of Deck the Village 2009-2013, 2010 PlanNH charrette, Heritage Series concerts and 2014 rededication celebrations at the historic Belmont Public Library and Bandstand
Heritage Commission - June, 2016
Bandstand's addition to Register of Historic Places highlights Heritage Fair Winni Echo 5/26/16
Belmont Heritage & Preservation Fair was great first-time effort Daily Sun 6/24/16
Belmont Heritage and Preservation Fair 5/21/16
Belmont's Heritage and Preservation Fair takes place Saturday Citizen 5/20/16
Belmont Heritage Fair on Saturday celebrates town's "Special Places" Sun 5/20/16
Special Belmont places celebrated May 21 at Heritage & Preservation Fair Winni Echo 5/19/16
Belmont Heritage Commission salutes three local initiatives Daily Sun 4/28/16
Belmont Heritage Commission honored for bandstand restoration Winni Echo 10/22/15
Donna Rhodes, Winnisquam Echo Article & Photo
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The Belmont Heritage Commission, John M. Sargent Fund and Friends of the Bandstand are sponsoring several upcoming events at the Village Bandstand.
July 3rd, Red, White & Blues: Jon Lorentz's Soul Revival Band Featuring Miss Sharon "Sugar" Jones
Red, white and blues Citizen 7/2/15
The Heritage Series opened at the Belmont Village Bandstand on Saturday Citizen 6/10/15 Courtesy Citizen Photo
First Heritage Series concert brings Civil War music to the bandstand Winni Echo 6/11/15
Civil War commemorative band playing in Belmont on Saturday evening Daily Sun 6/4/15
- August 15th, Newmont Military Band
- September 13th, Grandparents Day Celebration Don Watson and Jackie Lee with special guests
Village Revitalization Advocacy
Belmont Mill Honored - by NH Preservation Alliance April, 2011
The Belmont Mill Story– a Belmont Heritage Commission presented at the March "Community Preservation Workshop” special thanks to Christopher P. Williams, AIA March, 2009
Village Lighting Upgrades
New energy efficient LED lights were turned on outside the Mill, capping more attractive ornamental poles, reminiscent of earlier Village times. Sargent Park lighting was also redesigned for better distribution and conservation, by replacing 1000 watt bulbs with 400 watt illumination. Upgrades included the entrance, complementing recent recreational equipment purchased for Belmont’s youngest citizens. Lighting projects were funded from a $95,100 federal grant successfully sought by the Commission and awarded to the Town in 2010. 2011
Community Heritage Awards
In 2011, the inaugural New Hampshire History Week was ceremonially noted in Belmont with accolades for volunteerism and excellence by the Heritage Commission’s creation of the first annual "Community Heritage Awards” recognizing exemplary initiatives that foster Belmont Heritage.
As Ronald Cormier, Vice Chairman of the Selectmen and representative to the Heritage Commission said, "The people and projects recognized represent hundreds of hours, care and visibility for our heritage. These awards are well-deserved and overdue."
Deck the Village
First coordinated in 2008, this annual Christmas season event brings community members together to creatively decorate and prepare the Village for the Holiday Season. The event includes both indoor and outdoor activities for all ages.
Make a Difference Day
2008 was Belmont's premiere participation in the Nation's largest day of volunteering. This now annual community effort has included planting over 1,500 spring-blooming daffodils in special community places including Sargent Park and at the Library and Veterans' Monument.
Cruisin’ the Village
The first annual Cruisin' the Village event was held in 2011. The day combines classic cars, great food, music, prizes, giveaways, raffles and trophies. Cruisin' Website.
LRPA-TV Presents "Community Heritage Workshop" A Laconia and Belmont Collaboration - 2014
Old Home Day Exhibits - Building awareness of Belmont heritage was a focus, and widespread publicity was generated throughout the year. In addition to exhibits at Old Home Day, the Commission generated generous media attention in Lakes Region and Central NH media, publications- including the Boston Globe and USA Today – recorded our community preservation milestones, awards and activities. Additionally, LRPA-TV again aired several cultural and historical programs, earlier developed by the Commission and produced an original 30-minute Mill feature for "Lakes Region Spotlight” 2012 airings. 2011
Plan NH Charrette 2010
Community Preservation Workshop – co-sponsored with NH Preservation Alliance & NH Division of Historical Resources 2009
NH Humanities Council – lecture UNH professor David Watters 2009
NH Humanities Council – performance John Perrault 2009
Bandstand Centennial - a Day to
Remember in Belmont. In 2009 the community celebrated this historic
landmark with Councilor Ray Burton commenting that the historic Bandstand
"is a reminder of community care and heritage...in its setting near the
Tioga River and the Belmont Mill, it remains a symbol of identity and pride in
the very fabric of your Town". Executive
Councilor Ray Burton
NH Humanities Council – performance storyteller/humorist Rebecca Rule 2008
NH Humanities Council – lecture Dartmouth professor Jere Daniell 2008
& Update, May 2009 - Progress & Priorities - a presentation
to Selectmen, Planning Board, Conservation Commission, Shaker Regional School
District leadership and others.