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Building Archaeology Workshop at Historic Deefield

Historic Deerfield will offer a one-day program on the "archaeology" of historic structures on July 16, 2016 at the Deerfield Community Center. The study of historic buildings to pinpoint the initial period of construction as well as later modifications relies on a variety of disciplines and areas of expertise that, when combined, build an accurate case for determining the evolution of a structure. They symposium will introduce methods and materials available to those who work with, or live in, historic buildings, including period documentation, tool marks, paint stratigraphy, dendrochronology, and fastener evolution. For more the schedule, list of presenters and to sign up, please visit Hi

Help Protect a Boston Icon

The Boston Preservation Alliance has created an online petition to save Boston's famous Citgo sign! For half a century, Bostonians and visitors alike have identified with the iconic CITGO sign rooted on 660 Beacon Street in Kenmore Square. It has encouraged many thousands of Marathon runners and its gleaming red triangle has presided over countless innings at Fenway Park. The sign is visible from almost every angle of the city and Cambridge serving as a beacon for the region. The CITGO sign isn’t just an advertisement, it is a Boston landmark. For national audiences, it says “Boston” just as much as Old North Church and the Swan Boats. Boston University announced its intention to sell the bu

PM President quoted in CPA article

SPECIAL REPORT: Preserving the past and future Since it was first enacted in 2000, the Community Preservation Act has had a sizable impact on open space, housing, recreation and historic preservation throughout the Commonwealth. But it’s also been a victim of its own success, with increased participation putting a strain on the state's ability to match funds. Jim Igoe, president of Preservation Massachusetts, described the scope of historic preservation projects the CPA has supported. “We’ve seen a lot of restoration of historic buildings such as town halls and libraries,” he said. “We saw the restoration of the Gay Head Lighthouse. We’ve seen cemetery restorations, handicap accessibility to

PM supports Congresswoman Tsongas’ legislation

WASHINGTON – June 9, 2016 – Congresswoman Niki Tsongas (MA-3) today announced the introduction of the Lowell National Historical Park Creative Partnerships Act, legislation that preserves and rehabilitates nationally significant historic buildings through a proven effective public-private partnership. The Lowell National Historical Park Creative Partnerships Act reauthorizes the Historic Preservation Loan Program, at no cost to the taxpayer. The Historic Preservation Loan Program was established in 1983 to leverage private funds to preserve and rehabilitate nationally significant historic buildings within the Lowell Historic Preservation District. According to the National Park Service and t

Picture Perfect!

The pictures from our May 4 Women in Preservation Awards are in! Click through to see great images from an inspiring and exciting evening on our Flickr page. The image shown here is the original watercolor sketch that Preservation Massachusetts commissioned from the talented Edward Huff. Ed is an East Providence based multi-media artist, graphic designer, photographer and craftsman. in 2013 he published "Morning Sketches" of just every day things observed as the day began. He also has a great blog at Rhody360.com. His sketch was reproduced and given as our award this year to all of our Women in Preservation honorees. The original now hangs in our offices and hopefully will continue to

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