Center for Rural Partnerships Helps Secure Funding for Alton Historical Society

April 13th, 2006 by Adam

With support from Plymouth State University’s Center for Rural Partnerships, the Alton Historical Society has received a $5,000 grant from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation to fund land survey work, septic design, building inspection, and production of a brochure for the society’s latest project, the restoration of an historic freight building and creation of a museum that explores local transportation history.

“This is good news for the Alton Historical Society, and I am glad that the collaboration with our center is paying off,” said Thaddeus C. Guldbrandsen, Ph.D., Director of the Center for Rural Partnerships. “This early win will also help the AHS to raise other local funds for the project.”

The historical society hopes to apply for future grants, including the History Channel’s “Save Our History” program, to pay for collaborative programs involving the society’s museum and local schools.

The Center for Rural Partnerships (CRP) is a new department at Plymouth State University (PSU) aimed at connecting the needs and goals of rural communities with insightful research and productive partnerships. The center works with a variety of constituents and community groups on a number of issues, including sustainable community economic development and preservation of cultural and historical landmarks. The CRP’s focus and portfolio of projects are diverse in terms of geography, theme, type of project and type of partner. The CRP’s partnership with the Alton Historical Society is one of many local projects focused on promoting and preserving the quality of life in New Hampshire’s rural areas.

Plymouth State University (PSU) is a regional comprehensive university offering a rich, student-focused learning environment for both undergraduate and graduate students. PSU offers 42 majors and 62 minors in programs that include education, business, humanities, arts, and natural and social sciences. The College of Graduate Studies offers coursework that promotes research, best practices and reflection in locations on- and off-campus as well as online. For non-traditional students, PSU’s Frost School of Continuing and Professional Studies offers working professionals opportunities to pursue an undergraduate degree by attending classes in the evenings, weekends and online. Located in a beautiful New England setting, Plymouth State University has been recognized as one of the “Best in the Northeast” by The Princeton Review.