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Kingston dealing with historic preservation issues

The town of Kingston, one of the oldest is the state, is succeeding at some historic preservation efforts, but is trying to come up with solutions for others.

One success story is the 115-year-old Nichols Memorial Library, originally the town’s public library. It’s now serving as a research library and museum.

“Lots of people come to Kingston to research their family history,” in the sixth-oldest town in New Hampshire, library trustee Leslie Hume told the Eagle Tribune. She said many families have ties to the community and its history.

Progress also has been with renovations to the town bandstand, which is receiving a grant from the state’s Land and Community Heritage Investment Program.

But there’s been little movement concerning two other properties, the Grace Daley House and Sanborn Seminary.

Voters have been torn over whether the Daley House, built in 1834, should be razed.

“Before the town spends all kinds of money on it, there has to be a use for the building, a purpose,” said Richard St. Hilaire, town maintenance supervisor. “That’s the problem.”

Last year, the seminary was identified as a project among “Seven to Save” by the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance. But there’s concern that the town is running out of time to help it.

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