Friends Of Centennial Hall

The FOCH is comprised of members of the community that volunteer their time and talents to maintain, restore and return the Hall to a fully functioning community resource and center for the arts.
The FOCH Mission Statement: To preserve, renovate and maintain this historic building for joint use by the public and private citizens, with a focus on the teaching and preservation of performing arts.
The FOCH is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit and is registered as a charitable trust with the Department of the Attorney General.

Who are the Friends?

In 1997 the building was listed for sale and demolition was considered. Alumni Louise (Booker) Goss then 87, concern for the future of the hall and desire to see it restored, inspired a group of alumni and towns people to form the non-profit and purchase the building.

The FOCH currently operates under a preservation easement and stewardship agreement with the Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP), and conducts all preservation and restoration work in a manner that maintains historical accuracy while increasing safety and access, always with an eye to the Hall’s significant features and its future potential use.

Many important restoration projects have been funded by the Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP), New Hampshire Preservation Alliance, the Fuller Foundation, The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation; provided by the Josephine A. Lamprey Fund, The VF Foundation.

Pro bono legal services are provided by Donahue Tucker and Ciandella.

How Can You Help?

Just like in 1876, Centennial Hall is run by a small group of volunteers who responsibly manage all operations, maintenance and most importantly restoration and renovation of this important community resource. And while we’re working to increase the accessibility of underutilized space, we need your help to continue this work.

Your tax-deductible donation will be 100% applied to the restoration of Centennial Hall.

And contact us to let us know how you can share your time, talents, and resources to reach our goal of a fully restored Hall for the greater Seacoast Community to enjoy.