Awards Programs

Historic New England honors authors, collectors, and organizations who preserve and share our region’s heritage

The mission of Historic New England is to serve the public by preserving and presenting New England heritage. Many others in the region share similar goals. Our awards programs honor these individuals and organizations for making the stories of life in New England over four centuries accessible to a wide range of audiences.

These projects raise awareness for the importance of preserving our region’s heritage. They represent all six New England states and countless lenses through which to examine New England’s past.

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2016 Book Prize Winner

Suspended Worlds: Historic Theater Scenery in Northern New England, by Christine Hadsel, won the twenty-second Book Prize. Learn more.

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  • 2016 Book Prize Winner

    Suspended Worlds: Historic Theater Scenery in Northern New England, by Christine Hadsel, won the twenty-second Book Prize. Learn more.

  • 2016 Prize for Collecting Works on Paper

    Richard J.S. Gutman's collection of photographs and ephemera on the history of the roadside diner was one of three winners this year. Learn more.

  • 2016 Community Preservation Grants

    Sagadahoc Preservation Inc. won a grant to help document historic paint in Winter Street Church in Bath, Maine (shown in the 1890s). Learn more.

About Our Awards Programs

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The Historic New England Book Prize is awarded annually to a monograph or exhibition catalogue that advances the understanding of the architecture, landscape, and material culture of New England and the United States from the seventeenth century to the present.

The Prize for Collecting Works on Paper is awarded annually to a collector or dealer who has assembled or helped save a significant collection of historic material related to New England or to the nation as a whole. Historic New England provides Community Preservation Grants of $1,000 each to one small to mid-sized heritage organization in each of the six New England states.

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