Preservation Philosophy

Guiding our approach to preservation

Historic New England is a museum of cultural history that collects and preserves buildings, landscapes, and objects dating from the seventeenth century to the present. We use these resources to keep history alive and to help people develop a deeper understanding and enjoyment of the New England way of life and appreciation for its preservation.

By serving as a role model for the stewardship of New England heritage, we use our preservation philosophy to educate, to instill an appreciation and awareness of history, to share knowledge and leave a legacy for future generations, and to promote greater involvement on the part of individuals and communities in the preservation of the past.

Statement of Preservation Philosophy

One of Historic New England’s primary goals is the preservation of cultural resources.

Recognizing that the resources administered by Historic New England, including landscapes, buildings, structures, archeological resources, objects, and archival material, may have different preservation needs and ideologies, Historic New England’s preservation philosophy is to:

Approved by the Board of Trustees on September 24, 2008

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