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The Foundation? s mission is to conserve, continue and propagate the traditional spirit and philosophy of living, values, and way of life of the settlers of the headwaters of the Connecticut River Valley. Two of the Foundation's core tenets are "giving back to the community" and "youth involvement? . These tenets are upheld through associations with two local high schools: the Canaan, Vermont High School Building Construction and Restoration Carpentry Program and the Colebrook Academy High School National Honor Society. Working with these youth and other youth groups is a time proven success story that builds a strong community bond. GOALS: Expand the Poore Foundation's capacity to serve the North Country while preserving the Homestead for future generations. Currently, areas in these barns are not open to the public for safety reasons. Additional restorations are needed. Once completed the Museum will have more available museum space, additional space for visitors and displaying artifacts. With the addition of this floor space combined with new displays the Museum will continue to attract tourists and students from area schools. The Poore Family Homestead is being integrated into the local elementary school? s American history curriculum and it has served as an important historical and cultural North Country destination for the past 14 years. Employment for youth in our rural area is very limited. The Museum? s activities provide opportunities for youth that need it the most and provide a vehicle for the Poore Family Foundation to reach some of its short and long term goals. It is anticipated that the work experience will foster the next generation of stewards for the Poore Family Farm and New Hampshire History.
The Poore Family Foundation for North Country Conservancy (The Foundation) is a Federal and State sanctioned 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that owns and operates the Poore Family Homestead Historic Farm Museum 100 acre settlement Museum in Stewartstown, NH. The Poore Farm Museum is a historic homestead / settlement portraying one family's life from the 1830's to the 1980s. The house, barns and outbuildings are all in original condition and reflect their use and era. The feeling one gets when you enter the homestead is to walk back in time, to one that existed prior to rural electrification of the northern-most regions of NH. The Museum is the last remaining 100-acre historic farm settlement of it's kind in the North Country and the only Museum in this region that has added greatly to area tourism. The Farm is considered by many to be one of the, if not the most important historic landmark in the North Country. The Poore Family Foundation has enjoyed significant growth in recent years and can take pride in its many years of service to the community. We just completed a multiple phase Arts Initiative that has increased our capacity to host outdoor traditional performing Arts events and meet the future demand of the communities in the region. Also, as part of our management plan, the Foundation has embarked on an ambitious effort to establish a 70-acre environmental studies site, that includes a Nature Center, to enhance science curriculum in local schools and provide educational and recreational opportunities for the public. This year we begin construction of an FHWA funded Visitors Center that will enhance our capacity to serve the community and provide modern facilities for the touring public. Our Board of Directors and our volunteer base has increased in numbers and are effectively working together to manage these additional services and keep pace with the organization's growing responsibilities. The yearly support from the Tillotson North Country Foundation, the NH State Council on the Arts, as well as the NHECF, the NH Charitable Foundation and from many other charitable organizations and volunteers, is a significant acknowledgment of The Poore Foundation's successful track record of providing intelligent programs while improving the region's vitality and infrastructure. The Museum attracts an average of 1000+ visitors per year, 2009 marks our 15th year of operation as an historical and cultural destination. Tourism, particularly cultural tourism, is a growing industry in the North Country, an industry that will fuel a portion of our local economy. The activities at the Museum will elevate the capacity of the Poore Foundation to meet this growing need. We are making traditional Arts programming and cultural activities more accessible with an annual concert series and the newly constructed out-door stage and amphitheater venue that will accommodate much larger audiences. Last year we introduced our first theatrical production. (The autumn performance of Shakespeare? s Hamlet presented by Momentum Theatre Troupe was a huge success that gained the attention of local schools which offered literature students course credit for attending.) We have also improved access to hiking and environmental study through a blend of education and sound stewardship of our 70-acre Bishop Brook Gorge Environmental Study Area. http://www.poorefamily.homestead.com
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