Historic Harrisville

P.O. Box 79
Harrisville, NH 03450

Erin Hammerstedt
Executive Director



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8:00 AM to 4:00 PM


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Incorporators Meeting
Saturday, April 27, 2019
10:00 a.m.



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Historic Harrisville, Inc. Names New Executive Director

Erin Hammerstedt has been named Executive Director of Historic Harrisville, Inc. She began work in mid-February, in preparation for the departure of Executive Director, Linda Willett.

For the past 8 years, Erin has worked at Preservation Pennsylvania, initially as a Field Representative and more recently as Preservation Services Director. She provides technical assistance throughout the state on a wide variety of historic preservation projects. She is experienced in historic designation, feasibility studies, grant-writing, building restoration and maintenance, community outreach and education, and administration.

Erin holds a bachelor’s degree in Integrative Arts from Penn State and a master’s degree in Historic Preservation from the University of Vermont. As a graduate student in 1999, she was an intern at Historic Harrisville and is excited to return in her new role.


Fred O’Connor, Project Manager

Fred O’Connor repairing the Temple’s oculus

Overall, Fred has had 33 years of experience in:  interior and exterior painting, wall treatments and trim work.  “While I have developed a specialty with historic structures, my experience also includes:  residential housing, commercial buildings, industrial and production facilities and museums.  Specifically my experience includes:  surface preparation, removal of previous coatings, determining appropriate products for use, applying products and interpreting and implementing specifications.  I have worked closely with architects, engineers, designers, interior decorators, homeowners, business owners and historical societies.  In addition, I have selected and supervised contractors and supervised up to 12 apprentices, journeymen and masters with responsibility to hire, discuss, train, motivate and evaluate their work.

“I have utilized my skills in custom color mixing and ornamental painting, which has included faux finishes, and gilding of items of such period furnishings as colonial, victorian and modern architecture and I have been directly involved with conservation and preventative maintenance on buildings.  Additionally, in a joint effort with Combined Decorating Services, Inc., I conceived of, developed, implemented and conducted a five-year apprentice/instructor program for painting and wall covering tradespeople.  Finally, as paint and wallcovering specialist and paint crew supervisor for SPNEA (Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities) from 1993-2003, I have been responsible for all aspects and implementation of conservation and maintenance of painting, coatings and wall coverings for their museums.”


Lee Garland, Administrative Assistant

Lee started her work at HHI in May 2016 bringing with her experience in administration including among other skills, marketing, policy development, event planning, compliance with local, State, and Federal regulations, and licensing.  She previously worked as the Assistant Director at The Well School where she worked for 14 years until retiring and moving back to Harrisville in 2015.  Having worked in 503(c)3 organizations for 20+ years, she understands the unique needs, challenges and opportunities for nonprofits, and has the ability to develop and maintain administrative processes that provide for efficient and effective day to day operations.

Lee holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Allegheny College, and earned a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Simmons College School of Social Work.  Lee loves being back in Harrisville and working in an organization that protects the unique and valued features of this town.