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Upcoming Lecture at The House of the Seven Gables, Salem

The House of Seven Gables is hosting an upcoming lecture on August 11th with Ken Turino from Historic New England titled, “The History of the Preservation Movement.” Mr. Turino will give a presentation on preservation focusing mainly on New England from the 19th century to the present. The lecture is from 6-8pm on August 11th at The House of the Seven Gables. It is free for Gables members and $7 for non-members. DETAILS Date: August 11 Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Event Category: Lectures VENUE The House of the Seven Gables 115 Derby Street Salem, MA 01970 United States Phone: 978-744-0991 Website: For more information please visit The House of Seven Gables website.

Most Endangered Listing Update: The Alvah Kittredge House, Boston

Kathy Kottaridis, Executive Director of Historic Boston Incorporated, shares her story about HBI's SAVED Most Endangered Listing. SAVED - The Alvah Kittredge House, Boston 2004 Massachusetts Most Endangered Historic Resources Listing Built for Roxbury alderman and Eliot Church deacon Alvah Kittredge (1798-1876), the Kittredge House is one of a handful of high style Greek Revival period wood frame houses remaining in Boston. Originally positioned in the center of a large rural estate, the Kittredge House was also once home to prominent 19th century Boston architect Nathaniel Bradlee. In the 1970s and 80s, it was home to the African American advancement organization Roxbury Action Program (RAP

PM's Community Spirit Awards Renamed to Honor K. Julie McCarthy

The Community Spirit Awards were introduced by Preservation Massachusetts in 2010 as a way to recognize those who embody the spirit of community based historic preservation activities in our Commonwealth. These individual and groups are committed to their communities and are active in efforts to therein to preserve buildings, character or expand the preservation ethic. Their efforts and work are models for others to emulate in our community and can often go unrecognized, and to that end we are proud to be able to honor them and their achievements. Preservation Massachusetts has re-named this award in 2016 in honor of the late K. Julie McCarthy, founder and president of the Friends of the N

Springfield paves the way for CPA vote in November

SPRINGFIELD –The City Council voted Monday night to place a question on the election ballot, Nov. 8, to have voters decide if there should be a tax surcharge in Springfield to raise approximately $1 million annually to support historic preservation and open space projects. The council voted 11-1 in favor of the ballot question, that if approved by voters, will create a 1.5 percent surcharge on the property tax levy, but would exempt the first $100,000 in property valuation. The 1.5 percent surcharge was recommended by an ad hoc study committee appointed by council President Michael Fenton, and would equate to approximately a $10 annual tax increase for an average homeowner whose property is

Historic New England to offer educational opportunity with upcoming Field School in Preservation Phi

Field School in Preservation Philosophy and Practice Saturday, September 24, 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Sunday, September 25, 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Henry Sheldon Museum, One Park Street, Middlebury, Vermont Historic New England's weekend Field School in Preservation Philosophy and Practice is designed for graduate students, professionals, and advocates in historic preservation and related fields. Through lectures, case studies, and field observation at the Henry Sheldon Museum, learn how Historic New England's preservation philosophy affects decision-making and translates to real-world applications, from conditions assessment to planning to treatment. $75 students $150 Historic New Engl

What do National Parks mean to Massachusetts?

How much are our National Parks worth? At the centennial anniversary of the National Park Service, a new study seeks to determine how much our parks are worth and what they mean to our country as a whole. They attract millions of visitors each year, but their budgets are shrinking and their infrastructure needs tremendous work. In Massachusetts alone, deferred maintenance and repairs totaled more than $228 million, and nationwide the sum is almost $12 billion. Yet they attract $488.5 million in tourism dollars per year. Preservation Massachusetts has signed onto a letter urging Congress to work with the National Parks Conservation Association and others to work in collaboration toward pres

A Bright Light: Citgo Sign receives preliminary landmark status

Many voiced their concern over the fate of Boston's iconic Citgo sign and they were heard when the Boston Landmarks Commission agreed to a petition to further study the sign as a landmark. The Boston Preservation Alliance had thousands of signatures from and online petition and Preservation Massachusetts submitted written testimony in support of the landmark study. The following is from Boston.Com today: The Citgo sign that lights up the Boston skyline and is seen by baseball fans when a home run balls sails over Fenway Park’s left-field wall has been granted preliminary landmark status. The 3,600-square-foot sign in Kenmore Square features a red delta and the blue word “CITGO” on a white ba

CC Modern House Trust: Upcoming Lectures

Cape Cod Modern House Trust Founder Peter MacMahon will be doing two lectures this upcoming week: Tuesday, July 12, 10.30am - Noon Cape Cod Architecture: Kindred Spirits The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Since the Cape was first inhabited, its residents have used the simple materials at hand for shelter and self expression. This talk explores this legacy, from pre-historic dwellings to the experimental summer homes of the modernist pioneers. For tickets and other info click here. Wednesday, July 13, 7.30 - 8.30pm The Children’s Room, Art and Design of Wellfleet’s Mid-Century Children’s Books Wellfleet Public Library This event is part of the the Wellfleet Historical Society’s 2016 lecture ser

The Olmsted Center for Landscape Preservation seeking Interns

The Olmsted Center for Landscape Preservation, a program of the National Park Service, is currently accepting applications for a 52 week internship in cultural landscape preservation. The Olmsted Center promotes preservation of cultural landscapes through research, planning, stewardship and education. Based in Boston, Massachusetts, the Center provides research, planning, stewardship, and education services to parks throughout the Northeast. This internship provides an opportunity to broaden one’s understanding of landscape preservation practice through project work, educational programs and self-study. Working as part of a team, this internship will provide the successful applicant with e

Suit Challenges Use of CPA Funds for Churches

A national group that advocates for the separation of church and state has filed a lawsuit on behalf of 13 Acton residents who say the town is improperly using taxpayer funds for religious purposes. The Washington, D.C.-based Americans United for Separation of Church and State alleges that the town is violating the Anti-Aid Amendment of the Massachusetts Constitution by distributing community preservation grants to two local churches. The suit, seeking an injunction to stop the funds from being distributed, was filed Thursday in Middlesex Superior Court. To continue reading the full article, click here:

Effort Underway to bring CPA to Boston

The Community Preservation Act has been adopted by 161 cities and towns in the Commonwealth, and Boston can be next. The effort to pass CPA in Boston is off and running toward a fall ballot where it needs to be approved by city voters. With support of Mayor Walsh and a 12 to 1 vote by City Council as well as a growing coalition there is optimism that CPA will pass. If it does, at a cost to the average Boston homeowner of just $24 per year, CPA will generate approximately $20 million for Historic Preservation, Affordable Housing, and Open Space/Outdoor Recreation. The Coalition seeks your help to make the CPA a reality for Boston. Learn more about the CPA here, where you can also join the

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