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Historic New England awards six preservation grants throughout the region

2014 Community Preservation Grants

BOSTON – Historic New England presents its annual Community Preservation Grant awards of $1,000 to a preservation organization in each of the six New England states. The grants are awarded to organizations carrying out programs allied with the preservation and education mission of Historic New England.

The 2014 Community Preservation Grants are awarded to:

  • Connecticut
    Greater New Haven Labor History Association
    in New Haven, to produce eight additional panels for the traveling exhibition, Our Community at Winchester: An Elm City Story. The exhibition presents worker oral histories about the presence of the Winchester Repeating Arms Company in the city from 1878 to 2006.
  • Maine
    Presque Isle Historical Society, to conduct research and produce an exhibition on the role of one-room schoolhouses and those who taught in them in Presque Isle, the largest city in the geographically remote Aroostook County, the northernmost county in Maine.
  • Massachusetts
    Rocks Village Memorial Association
    in Haverhill, toward restoration of the Hand Tub House, built in 1840 as a fire station. It served as a meeting house for firemen and residents in addition to protecting the Rocks Bridge, which still operates as a hand-cranked swing bridge.
  • New Hampshire
    Star Island Corporation
    in Portsmouth, to digitize for preservation and access through Vaughn Cottage museum and archives currently inaccessible films from the 1930s to '60s. The films record aspects of island life including the presence of poet Celia Thaxter.
  • Rhode Island
    Westerly Armory Restoration,
    for research and exhibition of a Civil War collection that includes recently offered artifacts representing the career of Rhode Island Major General A. Hun Berry.
  • Vermont
    Vermont Historical Society
    in Barre, to present a Care and Handling of Textiles workshop in spring 2015 for Vermont historical organizations and an accompanying lecture for the general public. This project meets a need identified through the work of the League of Local Historical Societies and Museums.


About the Community Preservation Grant program

Historic New England founder and preservation pioneer William Sumner Appleton believed in working closely with local and statewide organizations to achieve mutual preservation goals. The grant program has its origins in the founding of the organization more than one hundred years ago. Appleton operated a “State Accounts” program that returned to a local preservation project a small portion of membership dues received from each of the New England states. The spirit of regional cooperation that this program represented remains consistent with our goals today. Historic New England is working to build a strong network of regional partners committed to the cause of heritage preservation.

About Historic New England

Historic New England is the oldest, largest, and most comprehensive regional heritage organization in the nation. We bring history to life while preserving the past for everyone interested in exploring the New England experience from the seventeenth century to today. Historic New England owns and operates thirty-six historic homes and landscapes spanning five states. We share the region's history through vast collections, publications, programs, museum properties, archives, and stories that document more than 400 years of life in New England. For more information visit


Historic New England awards six preservation grants throughout the region