Historic New England awards six preservation grants

Oct 9, 2017

Members of the Root District Game Club at the Community Preservation Grant presentation in Norwich, Vermont, 2016

Each year, Historic New England’s Community Preservation Grants program awards a $1,000 grant 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 2017 Community Preservation Grants are awarded to:


James Merrill House, Stonington. Inventory, catalogue, and make accessible collections of Pulitzer Prize-winning poet in preparation for an oral history on this important literary voice. James Merrill House is a National Historic Landmark and used for a writers’ residence program.


Museum L-A , Lewiston-Auburn. Purchase flat file storage to protect the original hand-drawn and colored artwork for bedspreads produced at Bates Mills, and to make the designs more accessible for income-producing art projects that help support the museum.


Longmeadow Historical Society, Longmeadow. Renovate an exhibition room at Storrs House Museum to feature the 1890-1920 story of the town, including images selected from 1,500 glass plate negatives taken by local photographer Paesiello Emerson between 1900 and 1927.

New Hampshire

Sandy Island Family Camp, Wolfeboro. Engage Northeast Document Conservation Center to conserve and digitize two 1938 landscape plans for Sandy Island Family Camp done by the renowned Olmsted Brothers landscape firm. Sandy Island Camp, on one of the Lake Winnipesaukee islands, is the oldest continuous YMCA camp in the nation.

Rhode Island

South County History Center, Kingston. Expand archival storage to accommodate a threatened 35,000-image collection of photos of the villages of South Kingstown taken by Narragansett Tribe member Kenneth T. Mars from the 1960s to 2011.


Essex Community Historical Society, Essex. Toward restoration of the National Register-listed Fort Ethan Allen Water Tower, built 1893, enabling the historical society to resume interpretation and public visits and bring renewed attention to the landmark.

About the Community Preservation Grant Program

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. Historic New England solicits proposals through an online application process every summer, and awards $1,000 grants to one organization in each of the six New England states in the fall.

Media Contact: Susanna Crampton, [email protected]