Preservation Action Center

From Repairing Your Historic Windows

So you have a historic building – town hall, church, school, home – and you want to preserve it. Where do you begin? How do you make sure your project is successful over the long haul? Need alternative use ideas or funding? We have developed these resource guides to help you through the process! 

Basic preservation education is a core part of our organization's mission and it is needed on a constant basis.  By using these resources, reading articles, following links or watching videos, we hope to grow an understanding and appreciation for historic preservation as well as its benefits, uses and roles within our communities. In the coming months, we will add more guides as trends and issues emerge in the field.  As they do, these guides will be updated with critical educational resources and tools for all. We encourage your feedback on what educational resources or topics are needed most.

7 Steps for a Successful Project

Whether you are just starting a project, or are further along and could benefit from some guidance, this seven step guide can help! 

Road Map to Preservation Success!

Are you trying to save a historic resource in your community? Are you stuck and don't know what to do next?

 

With our Road Map to HP Success, we have you covered! We have outlined the path to preservation success with important tips and advice to keep in mind along the way. Check it out!

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For adaptive reuse model projects by building-type

Adaptive Reuse Model Projects
Adaptive Reuse Model Projects

For potential funding opportunities by building-type

Funding Opportunities for Your Project
Funding Opportunities for Your Project

For information on our historic resource initiatives, toolkits, and frequently asked questions regarding historic properties

Historic Resource Initiatives and Toolkits

To watch our webinar on Climate Change and Resiliency and to access the resource guide

Climate Change and Resiliency
Climate Change and Resiliency

Concerned about a historic resource in your community? Is there a short/long term threat? To learn more about our Most Endangered Resource Program,

Most Endangered Resource Program
Most Endangered Resource Program

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For information on repairing your historic windows

Historic Windows
Historic Windows

Helpful information and guides for local commissions.

Local Historic Commission Resource Library
Local Historic Commission Resource Library

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Watch weekly episodes that discuss a preservation topic or issue, complete Q&A segments.

Preservation Conversations
Preservation Conversations

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All preservation is local and growing effective grassroots constituencies is important and essential. 

Local Advocate Resources
Local Advocate Resources

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Advocacy & Action 101

Our new Action News Center is a place where you can find important news updates, information on how to take preservation action in your own community or lend your voice and support to wider efforts.  We welcome your feedback in helping us make this a useful center for educating and empowering preservation efforts in Massachusetts!

Historic Windows 
Climate Change and Resiliency

Action Center Updates

Helpful Tools

Knowing is half the battle.  Here are some links to some educational resources (i.e. books) that are very useful for all preservationists, especially as reference guides!  This is just a start and if you know a useful book or other resource, please share.

Preserving Community Character: A Citizen's Guide to Saving Place and Halting Urban Sprawl - Al Lima

Old House Dictionary - Stephen J. Phillips

A Field Guide to American Houses - Virginia & Lee McAlester

Not every preservation issue, challenge or project is the same.  But having some basic knowledge and some tools in your toolbox can really go a long way. Here we hope to share best practices, models and resources to help you in your advocacy and action efforts.