For the Preservationist in All of Us

May 30, 2024

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 just about saving buildings; it’s about enriching our communities, adding value to our cities and towns, and sharing diverse stories about our region. Here at Historic New England, we’re dedicated to making a real impact, and here are a few examples of how:

  1. Celebrating Preservation Month ALL Year: Our calendar of events offers something for everyone, whether you’re interested in house museums, attending programs, taking walking tours, or learning about women in preservation. We celebrate Preservation Month year-round at Historic New England. Join us in person or virtually to explore the rich history of our region. 
  2. Supporting Trades Education: Participants enrolled in the Student Conservation Association’s (SCA) Massachusetts Historic Preservation Corps team up with Historic New England on projects such as restoring the rare bark pit greenhouse at the Lyman Estate in Waltham, Massachusetts. This hands-on opportunity not only hones skills but also preserves a piece of history. Our ongoing collaborations with SCA, North Bennett Street School, and others, are essential to passing on the love of learning and preservation.
  3. Gift Memberships: A Historic New England gift membership opens the door to a year of new experiences. With free admission to our thirty-eight historic sites and discounted tickets to events, it’s the perfect gift for history enthusiasts and supports our mission to tell the full New England story. 
  4. Sustainer Memberships: Upgrade your membership to the Sustainer level and further support our preservation initiatives. Sustainer level members can schedule a one-on-one phone call with our preservation experts to discuss their own historic homes. 
  5. Climate Action: We’re committed to reducing our carbon footprint and assessing climate impacts across the organization. Our Climate Action Staff Advisory Group is working to make climate action an integral part of our daily work. On September 21, 2023, Historic New England’s Board of Trustees voted unanimously to approve our climate action commitment statement and four climate action goals that serve as our guide for ongoing planning. 
  6. Community Preservation Grants: Our Community Preservation Grants program supports small to mid-sized heritage organizations across the region in their efforts to save and share their communities’ stories. Applications are now open for 2024 grants, so join us in raising awareness of the power of preservation throughout New England. 
  7. Historic New England Summit: During two days of exciting conversations, we explore how today’s challenges and opportunities are shaping the fields of historic preservation, architecture, urban planning, conservation, arts and culture, museum studies, collections management, public history, and education. The program includes keynote presentations by regional and national leaders, panel discussions, provocations, networking opportunities, and more. Join us in Portland, Maine, this November

At Historic New England, we’re committed to expanding voices and sharing stories that reflect the diverse history of our region. From pioneering leaders to vibrant communities, there are stories waiting to be told, and we’re honored to play a part in sharing them with you. Together, let’s continue to preserve and celebrate the remarkable treasures of this spectacular region.

Visit us at HistoricNewEngland.org to discover more!