The Preservation and Community Work of Historic Harrisville
Historic Harrisville held its Spring Meeting of Incorporators on Saturday, April 22. The large gathering focused on the exciting work undertaken by Historic Harrisville in the past year and that is upcoming in the year to come.
Chairman Chick Colony began the meeting with some thought-provoking remarks regarding the past 46 years of Historic Harrisville. He challenged whether the organization remained “relevant, resourceful, resilient, and reckless,” coming to the conclusion that yes – even after 46 years of operation in Harrisville, Historic Harrisville continues to push the boundaries and conduct important preservation and community revitalization work in a changing world.
Erin Hammerstedt, the new Executive Director of Historic Harrisville, talked about some upcoming projects. Interior work on 119 Mains Street is nearly complete. Exterior work will begin soon, and the project should be finished and the property rented by the end of June. Historic Harrisville hopes to acquire the adjacent property, 121 Main Street, in May. Erin also talked about upcoming improvements in the Harrisville General Store- the enlargement of the kitchen and the installation of air-conditioning, both of which will improve working conditions at the store. And finally, Erin discussed her goal to meet with tenants to learn about their spaces, and to work with Fred and the Trustees to develop a prioritized plan for needed projects. Erin is enjoying Harrisville, and welcomes input from all.
Historic Harrisville’s Development Committee reported on recent and planned fundraising activities, and the Energy Committee provided an update on the Cheshire Mills Hydroelectric Project. Then other groups from Harrisville, including the Select Board, the Broadband/Cell Committee, the Historic District Commission, Planning Board, Conservation Commission and Trails organization then provided brief updates of their work.
The meeting concluded with Jim Rousmaniere’s presentation entitled, Celebrating the Lowly Brick. Jim Rousmaniere is a writer who lives in Roxbury whose interest in brick developed during his early service on the board of the Historical Society of Cheshire County, of which he is now president. After his enjoyable presentation, lunch was served.
It was an informative and inspiring morning; incorporators were happy to hear of all the exciting changes and upcoming projects and share in the celebration of the preservation and community work of Historic Harrisville!