Dear Friend and Supporter,
It has been a long road bringing the exterior of the Church on the Plains back to its majestic glory. Thanks to fundraising efforts and donor support, the building, once dilapidated and crying for attention, has received over $100,000 in work on the roof, the steeple, the exterior painting (twice!), the repair and preservation of the ornamental windows, the belfry, the front entrance and the addition of pew cushions while doing pew repair. Less visible, but no less important work was done with a basement clearing, a new furnace, sump pump and flood control.
All of this was made possible because of supporters like you, who value this historic landmark and recognize the importance of maintaining this marvelous architecture that presides over the plains in downtown Kingston.
The Church on the Plains, believed by many to be an operating church, has no assigned religion, no congregation; in fact, it’s not a church at all. It is a historic building, placed on the registry of historic places of NH in 1979 and remains open only because of the efforts of the Kingston Improvement and Historical Society (K.I.H.S.). The members of the K.I.H.S. consist of 12 members of devoted local volunteers. (There is always a great need for additional support and volunteerism if you’re looking for a way to assist in the community.)
Now, breathing out a sigh of relief, the committee is focused on the beautification of the front lawn of the church. Long placed on the backburner, this project involves YOU, the community. In 2017, in order to replace the existing front deck and steps, the brick walkway to the church needed to be temporarily removed. Now the time has come to restore the Doris Tucker Smith Memorial Walkway. As we begin offering engraved pavers to be placed in the design, this is an opportunity for everyone to have a special place to honor loved ones and those who have a permanent place in your heart to also have a permanent place at this historic and sacred space. The walkway design will also incorporate the new Judith Oljey Peace Garden which will offer additional opportunities for engraved names, as well as specialty items such as boulders, granite benches, steps and posts.
There are only a limited numbers of engraved pavers available for this project design and when they are gone, they are gone (less than 700 total). The walkway will include a combination of 4x8 and 8x8 pavers, and the peace garden will include 6x6 pavers. The design and order form is enclosed for you to return along with your check, or you can go to our website at www.churchontheplains.org to order your paver and pay with a credit card. Please thoughtfully consider contributing towards this project. Without the support of community, we cannot continue our mission to restore this magnificent place in our town. While inside restoration projects wait, the funding for such projects is dependent on our current fundraising efforts.
Please help make a difference today.
The Volunteers of the Kingston Improvement and Historical Society.
To view and print the pdf of the walkway fundraiser brochure, click here
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