Arts, Culture, and Humanities

CONTOOCOOK RIVERWAY ASSOCIATION

  • Contoocook, NH
  • http://www.contoocookdepot.org

Mission Statement

The mission of the Contoocook Riverway Association is to restore and maintain the Contoocook train depot and its property, for the education and enjoyment of the community and its visitors.

Main Programs

  1. Afternoon with HHS Class of 1952

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Service Areas

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New Hampshire

Contoocook, New Hampshire

ruling year

1999

President since 2016

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Mark Winzeler

Vice President since 2016

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Brian Erickson

Keywords

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Museum, historic structure, train station

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Also Known As

Contoocook Depot

EIN

02-0507535

 Number

5146784947

Physical Address

896 Main Street

Contoocook, NH 03229

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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The Contoocook Riverway Association was established in 1999 and bought the depot from the town of Hopkinton for one silver dollar that year. During the summer of 2002, the historic Contoocook Railroad Depot and covered railroad bridge began a trip back in time with an extensive renovation to restore them to their 1910 glory. "When you came to Contoocook, you came on the rail" said Chip Chesley, past President. "This was the village's front door and it just seemed natural that it should be restored for the public to enjoy."

The $400,000 restoration project was funded by federal grants administered through the State Department of Transportation and by community donations. The journey took approximately three years. Restoration of the depot building was first - the roof stripped and replaced with wooden shingles that resembled the roof until the 1930's. New exterior siding and paint, followed by the sandblasting and painting of the train signal, or semaphore, brought the building's look back nearly a century.

The depot's surviving interior details include two ticket windows and most of the original walls and ceilings, still covered with tongue-and-groove paneling common in the late 19th century. Over the years, many original items have been returned to the depot by the community such as the enameled blue "Contoocook" station sign, luggage cart, seating bench, and other irreplaceable items.

The covered bridge, which is owned by the State of New Hampshire, has now been restored, fireproofed and a sprinkler system installed. In 2007, a wooden Pullman Passenger Coach was donated to the Contoocook Riverway Association and placed on rails behind the depot, as if ready to pass through the bridge once again.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Afternoon with HHS Class of 1952

Come and listen with the class of 1952 from Hopkinton High School as they share stories and reminisce about the past.

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Results

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Dinner of the train event

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Charting Impact

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  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    The Contoocook Riverway Association is offering custom-named bricks to you. In return, you'll help us continue the restoration of the Contoocook Depot. Our current project is putting in the brick and granite apron between the Depot and the train tracks that carry the Pullman Car that we continue to restore.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Different fundraising methods are in place such as a custom-named brick for an apron between the depot and the Pullman coach. Additional fundraising efforts include the Starry Starry Weekend - Christmas at the Depot artisan craft fair, mailers, gift shop and the hopeful opening of the Contoocook Village Welcome Center.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Our board of directors is a strong group with many local assets to accomplish our fundraising efforts. Many volunteers and organizations work together to help us meet our goals by contributing monetarily or physically during our fundraiser events.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Our organization will see the positive outcomes of our fundraising efforts by being able to contribute towards more of our restoration projects as well as offering additional programs for the public.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    We have been unable to secure enough funding for an endowment. Our futuristic goal would be to have enough funds to create an endowment which would enable us to fund the typical expenses such as insurance, utilities, and basic amenities without impacting the maintenance or restoration projects that we encounter.
Service Areas

Self-reported

New Hampshire

Contoocook, New Hampshire

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Operations

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CONTOOCOOK RIVERWAY ASSOCIATION

Leadership

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President

Mark Winzeler

Vice President

Brian Erickson

BIO

Mark Winzeler is not only a recent President to the Contoocook Riverway Association, but he is the only board member who is also a founding member of the organization, joining during its inception in 1999.

STATEMENT FROM THE President

"Dear Friends,

Welcome to the Contoocook Train Depot located in the heart of Contoocook Village in New Hampshire. Our organization has spent the past several years working diligently to restore the depot to its early 1900's appearance. Since our organization began its work back in 1999, we have been able to completely restore the first floor, the exterior of the depot, acquire an original Pullman Coach through a very generous donation in 2007, and complete many smaller projects to benefit the depot.

This year, after completing many phases of the renovation project of the second floor, we plan to unveil an entirely new educational experience for the community. Opening this space to the public will encompass new display areas as well as a full-size meeting and board room. This will open doors to the community for small gatherings and functions, as well as create additional exhibits for the education and enjoyment of the public.

Although our organization holds fundraisers and events to raise money, we are in constant need to produce revenue in order to fund the projects that we encounter year after year. It is our hope that you will be able to visit our depot to learn about the history that surrounds our organization, and also to consider a small donation to help assist with our efforts.

So, I invite you to explore our website and visit our depot as you pass through town. We host special events to help educate our visitors on the history of the town and the train depot. Don't forget to stop by during the summer and fall months for the farmers market every Saturday morning. Contact us for other ways you can help and volunteer with our organization."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mark Winzeler

Contoocook Riverway Association

Term: Apr 2016 -

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?


ORGANIZATIONAL DEMOGRAPHICS

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Diversity Strategies
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We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
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We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
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We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
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We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
No
We have a diversity committee in place
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We have a diversity manager in place
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We have a diversity plan
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