Community Preservation Grant helps Jamaica Plain group with conservation survey

Sep 25, 2013

Historic New England’s Vice President for Advancement Kimberlea Tracey presented a Community Preservation Grant to representatives from the Jamaica Plain Tuesday Club/Loring-Greenough House.

The $1,000 grant will fund a conservation survey of the historic textile collection at Loring-Greenough House. The survey will determine environmental and storage conditions and articulate goals to achieve better storage and access for the volunteers and the public. The project includes assessment of an 1840s Friendship Quilt, a rare and historically important textile that pertains directly to the history of Boston’s Jamaica Plain neighborhood.

The grant is one of six awarded annually by Historic New England to an organization in each New England state. The Community Preservation Grant program has origins in the founding of Historic New England more than one hundred years ago, when William Sumner 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.