Special Thanks to Generous Pierce House Donors!

Together, we met the challenge!

We are thrilled to announce that we achieved our goal of raising $100,000 by March 31 for the Pierce House Accessibility Fund and secured a $100,000 matching grant from a generous donor.

More than fifty individuals and two organizations contributed to this effort! We are deeply grateful for their extraordinary generosity and enthusiasm.

History comes alive for Boston schoolchildren at Pierce House in Dorchester, Massachusetts. The centerpiece of our award-winning education program, this historic property is one of the last surviving examples of seventeenth-century architecture in the city of Boston. New research initiatives will expand Pierce House program content and deepen students’ engagement with the stories of underrepresented groups, while a parallel plan to implement critical accessibility improvements will ensure that there are no physical barriers to student participation.

This $200,000 accessibility project will follow the recommendations of a 2022 accessibility feasibility study for Pierce House and will include landscape and parking improvements, the construction of an accessible entrance to the building, some modifications to the first floor including transitions and doorways, and the conversion of a first floor room into a visitor center with an accessible bathroom.




Why Pierce House Matters

Pierce House offers low-cost, high-impact experiences beyond the classroom to children from districts that are among the most diverse and under-resourced in Massachusetts. Through high-quality, affordable programs that are grounded in state curriculum standards, Pierce House promotes equity across Boston neighborhoods by providing a historic space for economically disadvantaged students to meaningfully engage with history through a hyperlocal lens.


If you missed the challenge match, but would still like to support Pierce House and our Boston education programs, please donate now.

You can mail a check to:
Historic New England
151 Essex Street
Haverhill, MA 01832

For information about how to make a gift via wire transfer or stock, please contact the Development Office at 617-994-5951 or [email protected].