Story Of Northern Pass ‘Resistance’ Preserved at Sugar Hill Historical Museum

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Hands Across protest photo was taken summer 2015 at the PSNH power line crossing of Gingerbread Lane in Easton.

Editor’s note: State utility regulators voted 7-0 on May 24 to reject a motion to reconsider their decision turning down the $1.6 billion, 192-mile Northern Pass Transmission project from Pittsburg to Deerfield. Project developer Eversource wanted the Site Evaluation Committee to vacate its February decision denying the application, reopen deliberations and consider conditions the utility said would mitigate its concerns. Eversource said at the time that it is not giving up the fight.

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New historical resource opens under the auspices of the Sugar Hill Historical Museum, Sugar Hill, N.H.

 With the support of grants from the “‘You Have Our Trust’ Fund of the NH Charitable Foundation” and an anonymous donor, the Sugar Hill Historical Museum will archive materials produced in opposition to the Northern Pass Transmission project from 2010 to 2018. The Town of Easton will provide additional storage space.

The two grants total $2,500. The money will be used to purchase curation materials to preserve the artifacts (e.g., fire-resistant storage containers, acid-free folders for photos and tubes for posters, etc.), for labor to catalogue and enter the accessions into a digital database. 

The archive will preserve and document the story of the resistance to Northern Pass by “grassroots” citizens, as well as by conservation, environmental, recreational, and other non-governmental organizations, and by municipal and legislative groups. It will be available to researchers investigating the nature and history of this widespread, enduring opposition movement. The museum may also present exhibits of the archived materials from time to time.

Artifacts to be collected include: banners, buttons, bows, pins, bumper stickers, posters, lawn signs, flyers, post cards, tee shirts, hats, CDs, videos, and related items. Textual material includes newspaper clippings, magazine articles, letters to the editor, etc. Photos of events and of artifacts too large to store will also be preserved.

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Orange protest bows being made in 2011 in the Easton town hall.

The archive will not conserve regulatory and other documents available online, e.g., public comments to the Site Evaluation Committee, and the museum reserves the right to decline and dispose of material that is redundant or not relevant.

The archive is now accepting donated materials. They may be submitted in person to the Museum during its open hours, Fridays and Saturdays, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm, Memorial Day to Columbus Day, or by U. S. mail. Digital resources should be submitted on a flash drive or memory stick, not by electronic mail, and labeled to indicate the contents. All donated materials should be accompanied by a statement indicating the name of the donor, a brief description of the artifacts, and the date of their creation.

The museum campus is located at 1401 Route 117 across from the Sugar Hill Post Office and next to the Town Hall and Library. The mailing address is Sugar Hill Historical Museum, P. O. Box 591, Sugar Hill, N.H. 03586.

For further information, contact Kitty Bigelow, Executive Director, Sugar Hill Historical Museum, at kittyh41@gmail.com; or Susan Schibanoff at burynorthernpass@gmail.com.

The Archive advisory committee also includes Nancy Martland, Sugar Hill,  and Kris Pastoriza, Easton.

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Sugar Hill Historical Museum

The Sugar Hill Historical Museum, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, also accepts financial contributions dedicated to supporting the curation of the Northern Pass Opposition Archive.

 

 

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