Effingham Preservation Society

Preserving Effingham One Slice at a Time

Effingham, NH   |


To promote the preservation of the landmarks and historic buildings in Effingham, NH and assisting in the preservation of the same.

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Karen Payne

Main address

PO Box 151

Effingham, NH 03882-0151 USA

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NTEE code info

Historical Societies & Historic Preservation (A82)

Community Celebrations (A27)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (A12)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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Incredibly, our Effingham Historic Town Hall ("HTH"), erected in 1858, and which housed the only know Masonic Charitable Institute in the country, is still standing. But it needs some generous charity to keep the building a vital community center for our small town of 1,700 residents. It was especially evident during the COVID health emergency which we all experienced, that we need a viable community place to gather. The Effingham Historic Town Hall-Library Preservation Project goal, under the auspices of the Effingham Preservation Society, is to restore and rehabilitate the building (currently used as the Effingham Public Library and Masonic Temple) in 3 phases. Phase 1 goal of of $165,000 was met and matched $1:$1 by Land & Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP). Our 2022-2024 focus is on energy efficiency measures, especially the restoration of the historic windows, 3’ by 6’ feet tall. Our Phase 2 fundraising goal is $162,000. See more at

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Preserving the Weare Drake Store Building and revitalizing Drake's Corner

A circa 1816 building in the Center Effingham Historic District

Population(s) Served

Multi-year historic repair, restoration and rehabilitation of the 1858 New England Masonic Charitable Institute building. Since 1893, home of the Effingham Public Library. Listed on State & National Registers of Historic Places.

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Where we work

Our results

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How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of new grants received

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Totals By Year
Related Program

Effingham Historic Town Hall-Library Project

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Funding in 2019 supported preservation work on the Effingham Preservation Society building. 2020-2023 funding, supports the Historic Town Hall-Library Preservation Project preservation efforts.

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The HTH project for which we are requesting funds will make a difference in the lives of this community. Completion of the three phases will ultimately result in a usable community center for our rural under served population. We will repair and refurbish the structure of the building, increase energy efficiency by rehabilitating historic windows and doors, install efficient HVAC and moisture control system, and replace outdated wiring and emergency exit and other safety features. Ultimately there will be new ADA compliant access to the second floor for a new community space, accessible outside of Library hours.

There are multiple fundraising and grant writing efforts continuously underway. Some of the grants require matching funds, some are outright grants. The project is intended to be 3 major Phases with a flexible design for the repair, restoration, preservation and modernization work. The project time period will lead up to the Town of Effingham's 250th anniversary in August 2028.

Fundraising is coming from a broader spectrum. We have received grants from the NH Department of Cultural and Natural Resources (Moose Plate Grant), New Hampshire Preservation Alliance and the Land & Community Heritage Investment Program. A recent more significant organization donor is the Freemasons of the Charter Oak Lodge #58, Effingham, NH and the New Hampshire Grand Lodge Charity Fund. Individuals are donating cash and Gift-In-Kind directly to the cause, business are donating cash and Gift-In-Kind donations, recurring online bake sales, aluminum can recycling/fundraising drive, Facebook birthday fundraisers and company employee/retiree matching donations are just a few of the sources of fundraising. We have also received charitable donations from foundations. Other avenues are being explored to broaden the fundraising capabilities.

The project has broad Town-wide support . . . and this support continues to grow each day. Additionally, there is support from other local 501c(3) organizations including Effingham Historic Society and Lord's Hill Meeting House. Support is even coming from out-of-state descendants of people that were born in or lived some of their life in Effingham.

As the historic building is a town-owned building, its future stewardship is governed by inclusion in the town's Capital Improvement Plan. Annual taxpayer raised and appropriated funding goes into a Historic Town Hall Repair & Rehabilitation Expendable Trust Fund. Working under a written Operating Guidelines document between the Town of Effingham and the Effingham Preservation Society allows charitable donations to also support the historic preservation cause.

The Effingham Preservation Society was created in 1999. Today the Board and member volunteer efforts support different historical preservation efforts within the Town of Effingham. The Historic Town Hall-Library (HTH) Project is the largest endeavor to date. A core Historic Town Hall-Library Preservation Project Team consists of 10 members, many with extensive historic restoration experience. Other historic minded members were attending public meetings prior to COVID.

The Project Team attempts to communicate and to educate the community at large about the history of the building and the overall progress of the preservation project using two web sources.

Facebook: Historic Town Hall of Effingham NH

In 2019, $4,500 grant and other monies were use to create an updated historic building preservation report by a known historic architect.

Communications: In early 2020, created an information and educational project business website, Also set up a supporting Facebook page, Historic Town Hall of Effingham NH.

Phase 1 Fundraising 2019-2020: In 2020 we were awarded a $10,000 Moose Plate Grant were used to repair and restore 8 of the larger 1st floor windows. The project received a 1:1 matching 2020 Land & Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP) matching grant of $165,000 for Phase 1 work.
Charter Oak Masonic Lodge #58, Effingham, NH, donated $10,000 to the project.

Phase 2 Fundraising 2021-2023: In 2021, a $10,000 Moose Plate Grant award helped restore building entry doors. A 2022 Moose Plate Grant for $20,000 will go to repairing roof water leaks. A local foundation provided a charitable donation of $30,000. Other small and large charitable donors provided support from $10 up to $25,000. Bake sales, plant sales, street fairs and street dance and more types of fundraising continue today. The Town of Effingham taxpayers raised and appropriated $60,000 for unanticipated powderpost beetle repairs to the 1st floor of the building.

Gift-In-Kind volunteer help worked on and completed 3 preservation assessment report hazard mitigation items and many more items of project support. Total 2019-2022 volunteer hours exceed 4,875 hours.

2019-2022, the project has raised and committed funds totaling over $590,000 towards building and grounds preservation work. (January 2023)

How we listen

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Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

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  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback


Effingham Preservation Society

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Effingham Preservation Society

Board of directors
as of 05/16/2023
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Board chair

Karen Payne

Effingham Preservation Society

Mark Hempton


Leo Racine


Heidi Stebbins

Rhonda Szapiel

Elaine Collupy

Janis Smith

Marie Lopresti

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 5/16/2023

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/11/2020

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  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.