Heritage & History Links

Danville History Resources

Reminiscences: A Complete Collection of the Newsletters of the Hawke Historical Society (Danville, New Hampshire)
By Peter and Deborah Meigs
Available at Colby Memorial Library, Danville, NH
Available for purchase at Amazon ($12.95): 
The History of Danville, New Hampshire
By Ruth J. Rich (1975)
Available at Colby Memorial Library, Danville, NH
The Diary of Rev. John Page (1757-1781)
Courtesy of Colonial North American Project at Harvard University

Links to Other Sites

For Kids Especially
New Hampshire State Senate for Kids
Our New Hampshire - New Hampshire Public Television
National Gallery of Art NGAkids splash page
Kids Page - Truman Presidential Museum & Library
Famous New Hampshirites & other facts
New Hampshire State History for Kids
KidSites.com - History Sites for Kids
Great Websites for Kids (American Library Association)
How to Care for Your Treasures
Rehabilitation Tax Credit - Real Estate Tax Tips
Introduction to Federal Tax Credits for Rehabilitating Historic Barns
Tax Incentives for Preserving Historic Properties
From the Roof Down...and Skin Deep: Welcome
Preservation (Library of Congress)
Old Houses, Restoration and Renovation|Old House Journal
Preservation (Library of Congress FAQ)
Tools For Preserving Barns
Conservation and Art Material Encyclopedia Online (MFA Boston)
Historic Window Tips
(courtesy of the NH Division of Historical Resources:   The Old Stone Wall - Vol 7 Issue 3 2015)

Preservationists are already sold on the wisdom of keeping historic windows.  Not only are they character-defining in most buildings, but they also have a proven track record of 50 or 100 or 150 (or more!) years.  What modern replacement window has that kind of guarantee?  What we need to have, though, are strategies for dragging doubters onto this bandwagon.  One of the best ways to do this is often money.  We may hear that "new windows are so much more energy efficient," but a number of studies (see the links below) have proven that properly maintained historic wood windows, fitted with good storm windows, can be just as energy efficient as new windows -- and they can cost less up front.  Wood windows built before WW II are often old growth timber, an irreplaceable resource that is sustainable and almost infinitely repairable.  Most new windows are not repairable. When one part wears out, the whole sash must be replaced.  Up to 30% of replacement windows require replacement in less than 10 years; few last 30 years.  Yet it can take more than 200 years to recoup the cost of new ones through energy savings.  With basic maintenance, many historic wood windows can last another century.

If you have historic wood windows in your house or in a local building, how can you make them winter-ready?  

  • Check the locks and weather-stripping to make sure the windows close tightly.

  • Make sure the storm windows are installed correctly and are fully closed.

  • If you have condensation issues, these can tell you where the problem is: moisture on the inside of the window, facing the room, indicates cold air leaking through the storm window is the likely problem. Moisture on the outside of the window, facing the storm, indicates warm air leaking from the interior of the house out.

To find out more about repairing historic windows, check out these resources:

Places to Go - Things to See and Do
Strawbery Banke, Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Farm Museum, Milton, NH
Isle of Shoals and the Gardens of Celia Thaxter
America's Stonehenge - Salem, NH
History & Culture in New Hampshire
The Front Porch Online - NH Public Radio
New Hampshire Folklife Website
New Hampshire Heritage Museum Trail
New Hampshire State Parks - Historic Sites
Shaker Historic Trail
Sanborn Mills Farm, Loudon, NH
Preservation/Conservation Resources
New Hampshire Motor Vehicle Moose Plate Program
New Hampshire Division of Historic Resources
New Hampshire Preservation Alliance
LCHIP (Land & Community Heritage Investment Program)
New Hampshire Archives & Records Management Division
New Hampshire State Library
New Hampshire Historical Society
African American history in New Hampshire
National Archives
Links to the Past - National Park Service
National Trust for Historic Preservation
National Trust's Preservation Magazine On Line
First Period Colonial - Robert L. Pothier, Jr.
Paul Wainwright, Photographer - The Colonial Meetinghouses of New England