Historic New England awards six preservation grants throughout the region
BOSTON, MASS. – August 2013 – Historic New England's annual Community Preservation Grants program presents a $1,000 grant 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 2013 Community Preservation Grants are awarded to:
In honor of the visit of the historic whaling ship Charles W. Morgan, the New London County Historical Society will restore an 1846 painting by John Ewen, Jr., that depicts “signals” or “house flags” that identified ships and the New London whaling firms that owned them.
Washburn-Norlands Living History Center in Livermore will make 872 photographs in the Washburn Family Archives more accessible to the public by digitizing them, creating a database with images, and creating an online exhibit about the family.
Jamaica Plain Tuesday Club and Loring-Greenough House in Boston will have a conservator survey the textile collection to determine environmental and storage conditions and articulate goals to achieve better storage and access for the volunteers and the public.
- New Hampshire
Through the North End Project, the Portsmouth Athenaeum will collect and scan family photographs and stories to digitally preserve Portsmouth’s ethnically diverse North End, a twenty-six-acre site re-developed during the 1960s as part of an urban renewal program.
- Rhode Island
Pettaquamscutt Historical Society in Kingston will interpret the 1792/1858 Old Washington County Jail museum and the historic Kingston Village landscape that surrounds it through the use of light-filtering scrim shades graphically printed with interpretive text and images.
The Preservation Trust of Vermont in Burlington is working to preserve more than five hundred boxes of rescued historic records from the Vermont Marble Company archives, to become resources for the Vermont Marble Museum.
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 one hundred two 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. The Community Preservation Grants are awarded annually to organizations carrying out programs allied with the preservation and education mission of Historic New England.
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 HistoricNewEngland.org.
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