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Each year, Historic New England awards $1,000 community preservation grants in each of the six New England states. The grants support projects by small to mid-sized organizations that align with Historic New England’s mission of saving and sharing New England heritage.
The 2018 Community Preservation Grants are awarded to:
Joshua’s Tract Conservation and Historic Trust – Mansfield Center. To support the stabilization and long-term preservation of the Gurleyville Grist Mill, the only stone mill of its kind in Connecticut. The mill is a great example of early industrial technology, when traditional millwrighting of the eighteenth century yielded to the innovations of the Industrial Revolution.
Frances Perkins Center – Newcastle. To create timeline panels that chronicle the accomplishments and challenges of our first woman cabinet member — Secretary of Labor under President Franklin D. Roosevelt — and the principal architect of the New Deal. The panels will increase visitors’ knowledge and illustrate Frances Perkins’ significance.
Sudbury Historical Society – Sudbury. To provide a stipend for the Historical Society to hire a trained archivist to oversee a collections re-housing project that includes removing frames from artwork, developing storage solutions for the collection at the recently converted Sudbury History Center, and location reassignment in the cataloguing software program.
Brentwood Historical Society – Brentwood. To purchase Past Perfect software as part of a major reorganization project. The database will consolidate information on documents, artifacts, equipment, and journals. The information will be more accessible to students, researchers, and residents interested in New Hampshire Seacoast history.
Providence Preservation Society – Providence. To help complete the digitization project of a collection of citywide property images on slides from the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s. The project will provide better access to the general public and give property owners and scholars another resource for researching historic buildings in Providence.
Milton Historical Society – Milton. To construct a fence around the lot of Stannard House that enables the General Stannard House Restoration Committee to secure the transfer of the property and begin restoration. The site, home of Civil War hero General George Stannard, will also complement the Vermont Civil War Heritage Trail.
Historic New England believes in being a regional partner for heritage organizations. Community Preservation Grants demonstrate our belief that collaboration among organizations devoted to preservation activities will strengthen all efforts and raise the visibility and importance of preservation throughout New England.
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.