"The Heart of Hancock"
© Diane Kidd
Hancock, New Hampshire

Local Artist
for Raffle

Meeting House

Restoration Project

Heart of Hancock Committee

Neal Cass - Judy Copeland - Mike Fallon - Diane Kidd
George Kidd - Diane Loomis - Helen Pierce - Jody Simpson

Update: November 20, 2010 - It is not too late to order prints of "The Heart of Hancock" painting. Call Diane Kidd at 525.4049 to order a 3/4 size print for $125 or a 1/2 size for $90. Remember, all proceeds go to the preservation and restoration of the Hancock Meeting House.
Update: September 27, 2010 - The drawing for"The Heart of Hancock" raffle took place at the Selectboad meeting tonight, at 7:00 p.m. Winners are listed below. Photo: Pastor Judy Copeland draws the painting winning number. as artist Diane Kidd looks on.
Update: September 15, 2010 - All the tickets for "The Heart of Hancock" raffle for the Meetinghouse Restoration Project have been sold! The drawing of the winning tickets will take place Monday, September 27 at 7pm at the Selectboard meeting at Town Hall. Pastor Judith Copeland and the Hancock Selectmen will be drawing the tickets. After the drawing we will announce the winners and talk about phase 2 of the campaign.


First Prize: PAINTING:
(see below)

Second Prize
Third Prize
Fourth Prize


Diane Loomis - Hancock

Nahida Sherman - Hancock
Amanda Dinino - Peterborough
Pat MacQueen - Hancock

The heart of Hancock, the Hancock Meeting House, is in trouble. Buckling roof slates and a leaning steeple are ominous indicators that our historic Hancock Meeting House is in trouble. This 1820 structure, described in the National Register as “one of the best Federal style churches in New Hampshire” appears to be developing serious structural issues that threaten its long-term stability. Centrally located at the center of the town's historic village district, the Meeting House is unusual in that its ownership and stewardship are shared by both the town and Congregational Church. Weekly worship services, a community preschool, and a year-round concert series are just a few of the many activities that make this building an essential part of daily life in Hancock.

Because of its local importance and historic significance, any rehabilitative work done on the Meeting House requires the evaluation and recommendations of preservation professionals. We have already been awarded $7,500 from the Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP) to help fund a Historic Building Assessment with Preservation Guidelines. This comprehensive report would provide prioritized recommendations for addressing the structural issues facing the building, providing essential guidance for the responsible rehabilitation of this beloved community Meeting House. But the LCHIP money is in the form of a matching grant and an additional $7,500 must be raised before work can begin on this important project. And then, funds will have to be raised to begin the restoration and preservation of this building that is such a part of the Hancock village.

Local artist, Diane Kidd, has donated a painting titled the "The Heart of Hancock" which will be raffled off. The proceeds of the raffle will go towards the restoration and preservation of the Hancock Meeting House. Chances will be available at $10 each and no more than 350 will be sold at which time the winners will be drawn.

  The prizes will include the painting itself and three 3/4 prints of the painting. The painting, a watercolor, depicts the Hancock Meeting House, the Vestry and a portion of Main Street. The image is 22 1/2" by 21 1/4" and is framed. Framing was done by J.E. Simpson Picture Framer, of Peterborough, using only the highest quality materials including conservation glass with light blocking protections.

The Giglee prints will be numbered and signed by the artist. A limited edition will be made available. Charles R. Cole Photographic Services, LLC., of Hillsborough, has made the prints on Somerset Velvet rag paper with Epson K3 ultra chrome inks. They are then coated with Premier Art Shield Spray.

Chances will be available, and the painting will be displayed on Saturdays at the Hancock Farmers Market, at OLD HOME DAYS, at various other places around Hancock, by calling 525.4049, or from any member of the Committee.

Members of the Heart of Hancock Committee are: Neal Cass, Judy Copeland, Mike Fallon, Diane Kidd, George Kidd, Diane Loomis, Helen Pierce, and Jody Simpson.

July 30, 2010

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