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 saving and sharing 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.

Historic New England Awards

2018 Prize for Collecting Works on Paper

This year's winners are Donna Halper's collection of memorabilia on the history of broadcasting and Lawrence Senelick's collection of theatrical imagery. Learn More

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  • 2018 Prize for Collecting Works on Paper

    This year's winners are Donna Halper's collection of memorabilia on the history of broadcasting and Lawrence Senelick's collection of theatrical imagery. Learn More

  • 2018 Book Prize Winner

    Rediscovering an American Community of Color won the twenty-fourth Book Prize. Learn More

  • 2018 Community Preservation Grants

    Frances Perkins Center in Maine won a grant to help tell the story of the United States' first woman cabinet member. Learn More

About Our Awards Programs

See lists of past winners

The Historic New England Book Prize is awarded annually to a book that advances the understanding of life in New England from the past to today by examining its architecture, landscape, and material culture. This also includes works in the decorative arts, archaeology, historic preservation, the history of photography, and other related subjects.

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. The Herbert and Louise Whitney Fund Community Preservation Grant Program, administered by Historic New England, provides 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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