Category Archives: Preservation

For the Preservationist in All of Us

This Saturday, June 1, all thirty-eight Historic New England sites open their doors to the public for free. But before we jump into another thrilling season packed with tours, programs, events, and community gatherings, let’s take a moment to reflect on how we can keep the spirit of Preservation Month alive year-round. Historic preservation isn’t […]

Reconstructing Notre-Dame: An Interview with Preservation Carpenter Michael Burrey

In April 2019, onlookers watched in horror as Notre-Dame Cathedral was engulfed in flames. Firefighters saved the main structure and bell towers, but the cathedral’s iconic spire was destroyed. Historic New England’s Omri Nassau talks to North Bennet Street School’s Michael Burrey, one of only nine Americans invited to work alongside French carpenters as they […]

Climate Justice and Accessibility in Historic House Museums

Historic New England recognizes that climate action intersects with other pressing issues facing our communities today — including the need for open, accessible green space. Read on to learn how we are ensuring everyone is able to enjoy our historic landscapes. At Historic New England, accessibility is crucial to our mission of inclusivity for all. […]

Broadening and Deeping the Preservation Movement at Historic New England’s Summit

In 2024, Historic New England hosts its third annual Summit. Will we see you in Portland, Maine, this November? May is preservation month, a time when we celebrate preservation successes and recognize the many benefits that historic preservation brings to communities. Historic preservation as a field was once primarily concerned with the physical fabric of […]

Making Preservation More Inclusive, One Award at a Time

Each year, Historic New England awards small grants to one small or mid-sized nonprofit in each New England state for community preservation projects. Read on to learn more about the program (now accepting applications!) and its recent awardees. Historic New England’s awards programs honor organizations and individuals who make our region’s rich history accessible to […]

This Preservation Month, let us help you take care of your old home

At Historic New England, every month is Preservation Month, and has been since 1910! As the oldest, largest, and most comprehensive preservation organization in the United States, over the years we have assembled a wide range of resources for taking care of old buildings, and we want to share them with you.  Whether it’s for […]

Apply now for a Community Preservation Grant

Historic New England annually awards grants to one small to medium-sized organization in each New England state. In 2024, six Community Preservation Grants of $1,250 each will be awarded. These grants support projects that save and share communities’ history as part of telling the whole story of New England. The application deadline is July 31, […]

Maine accessibility planning project completed

Historic New England is delighted to announce the successful completion of Making House Museums Accessible for All: A Feasibility Study of Four Maine Historic Sites. This planning study lays the groundwork for accessibility improvements at four historic house museums in Maine – Castle Tucker, Nickels-Sortwell House, Hamilton House, and Sarah Orne Jewett House. Historic New […]

A History of Waste

This post is the second in a series on the “reduce, reuse, recycle” waste hierarchy. The series examines contemporary waste management practices in the US, how we dealt with waste in the past, and what we can do today to make an impact on waste reduction now and in the future.  In 1960, a person […]

Flooding and Climate Change in New England

New England has experienced record levels of river and coastal flooding over the past several weeks. Our social media feeds are filled with images of vehicles, propane tanks, even entire buildings floating down rivers and coastlines. Flash flood warnings light up our phones, while news headlines inform us of which precipitation or storm surge records […]