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Education Nation

I’ve heard it said, when you stop learning you stop growing. With summer vacation just on the horizon, it’s easy to remember those days in school when I just wanted to put the books away and not think about learning. Kudos to my parents whose summer vacations usually balanced visits to some historic sites, museums or other cultural destination with the requisite amusement parks and beach visits. That subliminal education must have worked, given my chosen profession. Everyone knows, education is extremely important. For Preservation Massachusetts, it is one of our two mission pillars, along with advocacy. Through our daily work, programs and outreach we know that education is a constant ne

Reconnecting: Past, Present & Future

Do you remember the feeling you had the last time you heard from your college roommate? Received a call from your cousin? Got an email from a former student? Calls, emails, Facebook posts, holiday letters, are some of the many ways we hear from those who are fellow travelers on the road of life. Friends, relatives, colleagues, neighbors are all part of our world and we value those connections. News of the purchase of a new house, birth of a child, graduation of a grandchild, loss of a parent, are all part of life. We care to hear the news, because we have a common connection and we share the joys, commiserate with the challenges and mourn the losses. For us at Preservation Massachusetts, we

Celebrating the Next Generation

On May 9 the Grand Ballroom of the Copley Plaza in Boston was abuzz with inspiration and energy for the 30th Annual Tsongas Awards Dinner. For this milestone, Preservation Massachusetts looked ahead to the future, honoring the Next Generation of emerging preservation leaders for the 2018 Paul & Niki Tsongas Awards. With everything our honorees have accomplished already, it is amazing to think of where the preservation movement will go over the next 10, 20 even 30 years! The evening also honored Riverwalk Lawrence, a preservation rehabilitation project on a massive scale that was undertaken by Lupoli Companies. The project received the Mayor Menino Legacy Award and Sal Lupoli’s heartfelt wor

We Did It! (formerly titled "Fingers Crossed"

As we were preparing to send this e-newsletter, our legislative consultant called us with the good news that the $50 million annual cap for the Massachusetts Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit (MHRTC) had been increased by $5 million today! In 2006 the state legislature voted to increase the annual cap of the Massachusetts Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit (MHRTC) program from $15 million to $50 million. They knew that the program was critically important to projects in our historic communities, especially our gateway cities. Since then, this incredibly popular program has come close to seeing a much-needed cap increase, to no avail. Preservation Massachusetts, along with many partners sta

Making the Case: Windows in Worcester

On Tuesday, May 22, PM co-sponsored a great presentation at Worcester City Hall about historic windows! Along with Preservation Worcester and the City of Worcester, the two hour presentation featured experts detailing what goes into a window restoration (include a full window set up display), how window restoration can create jobs and opportunities and a real world case study with the Whatley Town Hall renovation project. If you didn't make it, don't worry. We have put together some brief highlights below and also hope to have a link to the full, 2 hour presentation recorded by the City of Worcester soon! Be sure to check out our resource page on windows, and be sure to sign up for our e-new

DIY Window Restoration Workshop: June 2

There's still time to register for the Window Restoration Workshop on June 2! The workshop will be hosted at Heartwood Window Restoration in Charlemont, MA. See the flyer below for details and click here to register today. Space is limited to 10 so register now!!

Call for New TDI Fellows

MassDevelopment is accepting applications for Transformative Development Initiative (TDI) Fellows for the four newly designated districts. TDI Fellows are the lead community organizers for economic development in TDI Districts and work as full-time employees of MassDevelopment on behalf of local partnerships. The new fellows will serve in Fitchburg and Lawrence (3-year commitment), and Chelsea and Worcester (2-year commitment), and work to advance TDI redevelopment activities on the ground in these locations. The new cohort of Fellows will join colleagues already working on the ground in six other Gateway Cities throughout the Commonwealth. This next pool of TDI Fellows will start late summ

New Support Announced for TDI Districts in Gateway Cities

On May 1, the Baker-Polito Administration announced the selection of 10 Transformative Development Initiative (TDI) Districts in MassDevelopment’s second round of the program, which is designed to accelerate economic growth within focused districts in Gateway Cities. This initiative provides substantial technical assistance and support for urban revitalization. This round includes four new districts in Chelsea, Fitchburg, Lawrence, and Worcester; and the extension of existing TDI districts in Brockton, Holyoke, Lynn, New Bedford, Pittsfield, and Springfield. The four new districts will gain TDI Fellows, who will provide economic development expertise and collaborative leadership in these cit

The Senate Vote is Unanimous: "Yes" to More CPA Revenue

Yesterday, May 22, 2018, during the Senate Budget debate, Senate Budget Amendment #3(Community Preservation Act) was the very first amendment that was adopted after a roll call vote. This is important because each Senator went on record to individually vote in favor of adopting the amendment - a resounding showing of unanimous support. The amendment calls for a $30 increase to the recording fees at the State's Registries of Deeds, providing a higher state match to all CPA communities in November of 2019. While it is difficult to make long-term predictions on the exact percentage communities would receive, preliminary estimates indicate that the increase would restore the first round distribu

Let's Keep the Celebration Going!

The 30th Annual Paul & Niki Tsongas Awards may have been last week but we are still celebrating! We are sharing our Award Videos so more people can learn about this year's honorees and all they have contributed to historic preservation in Massachusetts and New England. With all our next generation leaders and organizations have already accomplished, the future certainly looks bright indeed! So grab some pop corn and watch this year's Paul & Niki Tsongas and Mayor Menino Legacy Award videos!

DIY: Learn How to Fix Old Windows

We are very excited to be partnering with Jade Mortimer of Heartwood Window Restoration to offer this hands-on window restoration workshop! ​ When: Saturday, June 2, 2018 Time: 10:00-4:00 Where: Charlemont, MA In this hands-on workshop, attendees will learn the steps in the repair of old wood windows. Topics discussed will include sash removal, steaming sash for glazing removal, glass cutting, setting and glazing the glass as well as paint, storm windows, hardware, book and tool options. Old windows are built in a manner that lends them to being repaired rather than replaced. Each component can be repaired or replaced—trim, glass, rope and paint will be forever available. We

See You In One Week!

In one week Preservation Massachusetts will celebrate 30 years of honoring the best of preservation statewide with our Paul & Niki Tsongas Awards! This year we honor The Next Generation of emerging leaders and organizations that will bring preservation well into the 21st century. We will also present a transformative project with our 4th annual Mayor Thomas M. Menino Legacy Award. We are honored to have special guests joining us that evening: Governor Charlie Baker Mrs. Angela Menino and special guest speaker Ms. Chrystal Kornegay of MassHousing There is still time to get tickets and tables if you plan to join us on May 9 at the Fairmont Copley Plaza in Boston! To see some of our past Tsong

Windows: Making the Case on May 22

For more information and to register visit our Eventbrite site today! Many thanks to our fellow partners and supporting organizations for helping bring this event to Central Massachusetts! Preservation Worcester The City of Worcester

"A Little House with a Big Story"

Storytelling is an integral part of history. Stories teach, they inspire, they motivate, they caution. Stories tell where you have been and where you are and where you hope to go in the future. Through Storytellers we share local preservation stories that can serve to educate and inspire others. This month we feature "a little house with a big story to tell" in Dartmouth and the personal journey that began for one local advocate. A Personal Journey of Preservation: Passion, Commitment, and Continuity The Elihu Akin House by Diane M. Gilbert Click here to view the original Storytellers Email In 2001, I fell in love with an abandoned old house. I knew nothing about it, its age or its history.

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