February 4, 2015
Serving a Mission
On Friday, January 16th, DHPT once again submitted an application to Dartmouth’s Community Preservation Committee to request funds for Phase III of the Akin House’s restoration project.
In recognition of this worthy mission, Dr. Christina Hodge, Academic Curator & Collections Manager at Stanford University Archaeology Collections, submitted this letter of recommendation to the CPC committee.
Hodge maintained that many already recognize the Akin House as an established and critical facet of Dartmouth’s heritage. “Time and again, we heard that people had long wondered about the house; were glad something was being done; wanted to know about its history and looked forward to visiting the Akin House again in the future.”
“The property reminds us of what we, collectively, may have forgotten: Dartmouth’s millennia of history; traditional construction techniques; ravages of the Revolutionary War; working-class economies of the earlier 20th century; Colonial Revival fantasies; shifting notions of virtue; and the changing meanings of home and family over the past three plus centuries.”
With the CPC’s help, Dartmouth Heritage Preservation Trust hopes to continue to “serve a mission of stewardship” and preserve these histories for generations to come.