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Groundbreaking Ceremony for The Rosamond Page Putnam Center for the Performing Arts

New England College to build world-class building to serve as venue for performances, debates, and arts programs.

from left to right: Rosamond Delori: Hinton Putnam ’96; Jim Putnam; Barbara Putnam; Tom Putnam; NEC President, Dr. Michele Perkins; Stephen A. Geremia ’85, NEC Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees; Lex Scourby ’75, NEC Chair of the Board of Trustees; Jay Gould ’75

New England College hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for The Rosamond Page Putnam Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. The Rosamond Page Putnam Center for the Performing Arts will provide a contemporary venue that advances the performing arts, fosters civic engagement, and helps New England College promote and strengthen its ties to the community, state, and region.

This world-class, expertly designed performing arts facility will include more than 18,000 square feet including a 350 seat theater, lobby, box office, control room, dressing rooms, and a mezzanine encompassing three floors.

More than five years have passed since New England College President Michele Perkins and the College Board of Trustees first discussed the possibility of building a performing arts center. A huge step was made when the College received a $3 million gift from Tom and Barbara Putnam, the Putnam family, and the Putnam Foundation to build the Center. The Rosamond Page Putnam Center for the Performing Arts will establish a permanent legacy, celebrating Mrs. Putnam’s lifelong commitment to theatre and the arts.

The Rosamond Page Putnam Center for the Performing Arts

In announcing the gift to the College Tom Putnam commented, “My mother loved the theatre, and the Putnam family is honored to support the creation of the new performing arts center at New England College that will carry her name. We hope this new theatre will bring a higher level of cultural enrichment to the students and benefit everyone at the College, as well as, all of the people of southwest New Hampshire.”

To date, the Putnam’s leadership gift is among the largest gifts to the College’s “Bridge to the Future” campaign. Construction of the Center, which will be located on the campus’s south district and adjacent to the College’s newest academic building, the John Lyons Center, will commence in the spring of 2018 and is scheduled to be completed by the spring of 2019.

The building’s design will accommodate a variety of programming such as dramatic productions, dance and musical performances, political forums and debates, professional lectures, and summer arts programs for K-12 students.

DSK | Dewing Schmid Kearns, architects and planners, located in Concord, MA, designed the Center. The College will announce the selection of a construction firm in the near future.


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Groundbreaking Event Details

WHAT: President Michele Perkins, Trustees, Tom and Barbara Putnam, and other dignitaries will cut a ceremonial ribbon at the Groundbreaking for The Rosamond Page Putnam Center for the Performing Arts
WHEN: Saturday, October 21, 2017, 11:00 a.m.
WHERE: Adjacent to the John Lyons Center
New England College
Henniker, NH
Parking: Currier Alumni Center lot, adjacent to event site

The ceremony will be open to the public and light refreshments will be served.