Community Preservation Grants

Honoring organizations in every New England state

Historic New England annually awards grants to one small to medium-sized heritage organization in each New England state to support projects that save and share their communities’ diverse heritage as part of telling the whole story of New England. In 2020, six Community Preservation Grants of $1,250 each were awarded.

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Herbert and Louise Whitney Fund for Community Preservation

The endowment fund that supports the Community Preservation Grants Program is named in honor of Herbert and Louise Whitney to recognize their deep appreciation and love of all things New England, in particular the Bishop family farm in North Woodstock, Connecticut.


Conservator Emily Phillips carrying out preliminary cleaning of the Lost Mural, in Ohavi Zedek Synagogue in August of 2020.

Conservator Emily Phillips carrying out preliminary cleaning of the Lost Mural, in Ohavi Zedek Synagogue in August of 2020.

2020 Community Preservation Grant Winners

These organizations received $1,250 grants

Westport Museum for History and Culture
The grant supports cataloguing and creating a finding aid for the organization’s Adams Family Collection. The collection contains significant artifacts, photos, and ephemera related to 300 years of the town’s history, including resources on slavery in Fairfield County. In addition to cataloguing the Adams collection, a consulting archivist will create a resource guide for all slavery-related materials in the museum archives, using the Adams material as a starting point. The guide will be publicly accessible on Connecticut Collections through the state library for public access.

Phippsburg Historical Society
The grant supports creating interpretive banners and related public outreach tools to be installed outside the society’s building that is currently being converted into the Phippsburg Fishermen’s Museum. While interior renovations and exhibit development continue, the exterior banners will provide an outdoor exhibition and encourage interest in the stories of the area’s fishing community, which include the story of the mixed-race residents of Malaga Island who were forcibly removed from the island by the state in 1912.

Chinese Historical Society of New England
The grant supports the purchase of archival storage materials and a scanner to begin processing the society’s important collection that documents the history and legacy of Chinese immigration in New England. The society’s collection includes items such as language books, research papers, opera costumes, World War II uniforms, and watercolor and oil paintings, among other items.

New Hampshire
Jefferson Historical Society
The grant supports the purchase of PastPerfect collections and contact management software to streamline the society’s acquisition and loan process, cataloguing, donation tracking, and membership program. The collection includes photographs, books, pamphlets, artifacts, and ephemera pertaining to town events and activities. The historical society also plans to inform the public about Jefferson’s Paleo Indian presence, which has been documented by New Hampshire State archaeological leaders and dates back 11,000 years.

Rhode Island
Bristol Historical Society
The grant supports collections processing and creating a web presence for the society’s D’Wolf Collection. From 1790 to about 1820, the Bristol-based D’Wolf family brought approximately 12,000 enslaved Africans out of Africa, making them the most active slave-trading family in U.S. history. The web page will present an extensive finding aid of the D’Wolf materials, biographical materials on those involved in the illegal slave trade, genealogies of key slave-trading families, and a list of suggested readings.

Friends of the Lost Mural
The grant supports continuing efforts to clean, stabilize, and restore the original bright colors of a historic synagogue mural that was painted by Lithuanian immigrant artist Ben Zion Black in Burlington’s “Little Jerusalem” neighborhood in 1910. This conservation will allow visitors to the Lost Mural to appreciate not only the mural’s unusual existence in Burlington, but also the vibrancy of the culture that created it.

Past Community Preservation Grant Winners

2019 Community Preservation Grants

2018 Community Preservation Grants

2017 Community Preservation Grants

2016 Community Preservation Grants

2015 Community Preservation Grants

2014 Community Preservation Grants

2013 Community Preservation Grants

2012 Community Preservation Grants

2011 Community Preservation Grants

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