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MER Update: Sea Captains Row, Hyannis

When people think of Hyannis, they often envision it's lively Main Street, the harbor and ferry docks, perhaps even the Kennedy Compound. But linking the Main Street to the harbor and traversed by thousands of people each year, is a unique part of the community's history that gets overlooked. Pleasant Street, also referred to as Sea Captains Row, is a collection of 19th century sea captains house that harkens back to Hyannis' days as a major seafaring port. It was recognized by Preservation Massachusetts as one of the 2016 Most Endangered Historic Resources. The listing serves to bring attention and a spotlight on the efforts of local individuals who are working to have this collection of

Springfield Preservation Trust announces Winter Fundraiser

2017 marks the 40th anniversary of the creation of three Springfield local historic districts: Maple Hill, Lower Maple, and Ridgewood. SPT will focus on the anniversary by holding our annual events in the historic districts staring with the Winter Fundraiser. This year's Winter Fundraiser will be held at the home of William Duquette, 91 Mulberry Street, on Sunday, January 29th, starting at 1pm. The Tudor Revival house was built around 1907 for attorney Henry Whitman. Its second owner was J. Frank Drake, who was secretary of the Phelps Publishing Company. In 1918, he took a job with Gulf Oil in Pittsburgh and eventually became its president. In more recent years, the house had been carved int

MassLive: David Cecchi of Agawam honored for commitment to historic preservation

On November 3, PM was honored to recognize the dedication, spirit and work of David Cecchi with one of our K. Julie McCarthy Community Spirit Awards. His recognition was recently picked up by the Springfield Republican and posted on Check it out and congratulations once again David! (Above: L-R, PM Chair Michael Rosenberg, PM President Jim Igoe, David Cecchi and members of the Friends of the North Brookfield Town House) Re-posted from Cori Urban Agawam–David R. Cecchi, chairman of the Agawam Historical Commission, laments that oftentimes the past is lost to development and indifference. "I love my hometown, and I don't want the things that helped shape this town,

Every Voice Counts!

Help PM and others across the country protect the Historic Tax Credit, the Federal Government's largest investment in Historic Preservation! To download our e-alert as a PDF and be able to click on the links, click here.

Regional HP Workshop in Worcester January 18!

Regional Historic Preservation Workshop in Worcester Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 2:30am - 4:30pm Where: CMRPC's Union Hall 2 Washington Square Union Station - 2nd Floor Worcester, MA 01604 Due to the popularity of our last workshop, we've decided to host another! This time the topic will be Public Community Information Education. 1. Welcome 2. Community/Public education and awareness building around historic preservation projects 3. Chris Skelly guidance and successful models around the state 4. Deborah Packard Success in Worcester 5. Around the room sharing CMRPC will validate parking and light refreshments will be provided. Please feel free to reach out with any questions. RSVP

Save the Date: May 10, The Annual Tsongas Awards Dinner

With all of the snow that southeastern Massachusetts got last weekend, it's hard to believe that May is just 4 months away! And with May comes our annual Tsongas Awards Dinner so be sure to mark you calendars now (in pen, not pencil, or sync it with your iCalendar , Google or whatever other calendar you use)! This year we are celebrating the Power of Preservation, but more on that later. Mark your calendars today for May 10, 2017 at the historic Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel for a fabulous evening at the premier preservation event of the season. Check back often as we'll be releasing details, nomination forms and more.

Mount Carmel Church Preservation Society needs you!

The Mount Carmel Preservation Society is imploring supporters of the preservation of Mount Carmel Church of Worcester to help them move their petition for a Mount Carmel Historic District forward without delay by attending Tuesday's Worcester City Council at 7pm . The advocacy group is also asking folks who have not yet signed their petition, to do so today. CLICK HERE TO SIGN THEIR PETITION Worcester City Council Meeting Tuesday, January 10 7 pm 3rd floor City Council chambers at City Hall

Sign on to Preservation Worcester's Petition to Save Notre Dame Church, 2016 Most Endangered Lis

Sign Preservation Worcester's petition to the owner of Notre Dame and Mayor Joe Petty to save Notre Dame des Canadiens from demolition. Click here for the Petition to Save Notre Dame des Canadiens The former Notre Dame des Canadiens Church, overlooking the Common in the heart of downtown Worcester, MA, is threatened with demolition in April of 2017 (upon the expiration of the city's one-year Demolition Delay Ordinance). We petition the building’s owner, City Square II Development Co., LLC, to respect both the letter and the spirit of the City of Worcester Historic Building Demolition Ordinance and to make every effort to collaborate with the city’s historic preservation community

Preservation Worcester petition aims to save Notre Dame Church

Nick Kotsopoulos WORCESTER - With a one-year demolition delay for the former Notre Dame des Canadiens Church set to expire in April, a local preservation organization is putting on a full-court press to rally support to save the downtown landmark. Preservation Worcester has launched an online petition drive that calls on CitySquare II Development Co., the owner of the church, not to raze the historic structure and instead engage in a dialogue with interested parties to find a productive reuse for the structure. The petition is also directed to Mayor Joseph M. Petty, the City Council and Leggat McCall Properties, development manager for CitySquare. Deborah Packard, executive director of Prese

SMILE! It's 2017

Being "online" is such a part of our lives today (for better or worse...) that it it now second nature to log on to share pictures, make plans and even shop. Though Cyber Monday is behind us, we want to share a great chance for you to support PM while you shop online (or return those gifts that weren't on your list, we won't tell). Amazon Smile is a program that donates 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible goods on Amazon to non-profit organizations. And PM is one of them! So next time you're looking to use your Prime membership and buy on Amazon, go to and look up Preservation Massachusetts as the charity you wish to support. Or click here and be directly linked to PM

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