Meeting House Doors Almost Done

HAMPSTEAD – Hampstead Historical District Heritage Commission member Rob Morris told fellow commissioners that Doug Dupouy is almost finished with the new doors for the Old Meeting House.

The hardware has been removed and refurbished and is ready to be attached to the newly crafted doors. Morris expects the doors to be in place within the next couple of weeks.

In other business at the Wednesday, June 5 meeting:
• Member Chip Hastings discussed procuring copper to make a rain shield for the roof over the new doors to prevent further water damage. He also suggested moving the stepping stone slightly to help avoid water splashing. He said he would work with Steve Harms to adjust the stepping stone in front of the doors and see about getting the copper strip and attaching it to the roof.

• Member John Kelley said he has obtained more than 40 signatures to submit to the state in support of an application for a State Historical Marker for the Old Meeting House. He has worked on the text for the sign and asked Maury Randall to check it for accuracy. The commission expects the cost of the marker – $1,500 to $1,800 – can be raised from individual donors.

• Morris said the 95-degree heat of last week stretched the capacity of the air conditioning in the Historical Museum. It has now been set for 70 degrees but will need monitoring, he said, as it was unable to handle the heat wave. Hastings said he is having a heating and air conditioning expert come in this week to check it and make sure it is properly charged for the summer.

• The commission discussed whether to seek grant money to help with the restoration work on the front columns of the Historical Museum. The commission may seek grant money from the Festival of Trees for the restoration of the Old Meeting House floor.

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