Buildings as Artifacts

I spent a couple of days in Concord, NH this week and had a chance to explore downtown during a run. Concord appeared to be a mix of historic buildings, infill buildings, new buildings (that have replaced demolished older buildings) and interesting neighborhoods. Concord is the capital of New Hampshire and the state house has a gold dome (as many capital buildings do). Surrounding the capital are beautiful historic, civic buildings such as the post office, library and historical society. The  New Hampshire Historical Society Library building was my favorite, partially because of the banner at the entrance (see below).

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Icons of History: Objects that Define New Hampshire. The banner matches the building and to me said, the buildings are our artifacts, just as important as any material culture items. And I thought back to saving the world, saving the buildings.  We need our buildings to remember and to tell our story and history. Brilliant banner.