Community Preservation Grants support projects in every New England state
Sixty-two applications were reviewed by a committee that included Robert Ogle, director of preservation at Boston Architectural College; John Peacock, executive director of Waltham West Suburban Chamber of Commerce; Claudia Wu, non-profit and strategic planning consultant; and Carl R. Nold, president and CEO of Historic New England.
The 2014 Community Preservation Grants are awarded to:
- Greater New Haven Labor History Association in New Haven, Connecticut, 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.
- Presque Isle Historical Society in Presque Isle, Maine, 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.
- Rocks Village Memorial Association in Haverhill, Massachusetts, toward restoration of the Rocks Village 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.
- Star Island Corporation in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, 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.
- Westerly Armory Restoration in Westerly, Rhode Island, 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 Historical Society in Barre, Vermont, 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.
The next round of Community Preservation Grant applications will be accepted beginning in June 2015.