Category Archive: Akin House

Not “One and Done”

Gregory Jones, who refers to himself as a “member of the Dartmouth community, parent of school-aged children, and professional architect,” directs his audience back to the realities of how preservation projects are conducted and why the CPC funds are so vital for this phase of the Akin House’s restoration.

“Stewardship and preservation is not a ‘one and done’ type of effort. Rather it is an on-going process with each phase of work building on the previous work all the while informing the citizens of Dartmouth about their local history.”

“The admirable work that has been performed to date, along with the numerous archaeological digs that continue to occur on the property have demonstrated to…people that historic preservation can be engaging, intriguing and rewarding.”

Help us continue this “engaging, intriguing, and rewarding” work by attending the CPC Meeting on March 10th to show your support!! The meeting will be held at 6:30, in room 315 of the Dartmouth Town Hall. Without the CPC funds, it will be a much longer road to finishing Phase III of the Akin restoration and the subsequent commencing of the Community Heritage Center project. A visible sign of our local community’s support support would go a long way. Hope to see you there!!

As always, we thank you for your donations to DHPT, sharing with others about our work in the community, and following our projects online!

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DHPT Winter Fundraiser


Tickets for our February 20th Akin House fundraiser are


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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.  

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Introduction to Plans for 2015

“In looking ahead to Phase III and the ultimate use of the property as a study house and cultural heritage center for Dartmouth, the Akin House is a remarkable example of the power perseverance and partnerships.”  |  James W. Igoe, President of Preservation Massachusetts
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“This is New England at its Best”

“We’ve always envisioned a cultural heritage facility. It’s about education, education, education.”  DHPT President Diane Gilbert

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Proposed Programming and Exhibits at the Cultural Heritage Center

DHPT’s plans for the property will result in a potential tourist destination where visitors to the Elihu Akin House Cultural Heritage Center will be given a multifaceted experience.  Here’s a look at some of the exciting new exhibits and programming proposed for the new facility:

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The Significance of Local History

“Losing special places is like swallowing a bitter pill….[It] deepens your appreciation of the special places that remain and [helps you] learn how to protect them.”
Land Conservation & Historic Preservation | JM Goldson
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The Akin House and Education

The Akin House along with the proposed adjacent visitor center will become one of Dartmouth’s main attractions for teaching and learning. The property will serve as a venue for the DHPT and other groups, such as the Dartmouth Historical and Arts Society to offer innovative ways to teach local history with hands-on workshops and other programming to provide a living history experience.

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