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What's Your Story? Contribute to the Storytellers Series

From a “house that wants to be saved” in Canton, to a 14 year journey in Dalton to preserve a tiny house with big significance to the African American community, we have been fortunate to share some amazing stories from local preservationists through our Storytellers series. 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, and ourselves. We are always looking to share more stories that spark conversations and dialogue, inspire and encourage us on our preservation journeys. If you are interested in being a part of our Storytellers series, email

When Life Gives You Lemons... 5 Ways to Make The Most of Your Time For Preservation Right Now

Though there is a lot going on in the world right now, it doesn’t mean your preservation projects have to come to a stop. Now is a great time to keep them moving along and make the best of what can only be described as "unprecedented" times.. So what can you do from home to move your preservation project forward? Check out our tips below! Tip #1: Research your historic property through the Massachusetts Cultural Resource Information System (MACRIS). If your property is individually designated or part of a district, you can view the nomination form which may help you gather some basic information about your resource. To visit MACRIS, click here. Tip #2: Use Zoom video conference software to c

"Pop-Up" Office Hours!

With everything that is going on right now, it would be easy to be discouraged or lose sight of where your preservation journey could take you. However, even with the world on hold, the preservation battle never stops. This is the perfect moment to regroup and reprioritize so that you can hit the ground running when the time comes. With this in mind, we are holding a Preservation Pop Up Office Hours on April 1st from 10:00am-11:00am where you have the opportunity to ask our staff questions you may have about their work or voice any preservation concern you have! Join us via GoTo Meeting next Wednesday for some preservation conversations! See below for how to connect to the office hours and

Walking The Halls...(and NOT Shaking Hands)

Walking The Halls & Not Shaking Hands... National Preservation Advocacy Day in Washington DC On March 9, Jim Igoe and Erin Kelly traveled to Washington, D.C. for National Preservation Advocacy Week, an annual gathering of preservationists to advocate for legislation, programs and support from our respective delegations. This trip has been made many times before (a little birdie told us that this was Jim’s 37th year advocating on Capitol Hill, not all of them with PM though) but what we did not realize was how unprecedented this year would be and how fast things would change between our arrival and our departure that Friday. Along with colleagues from MacRostie Historic Advisors and the Bost

An Important PM Update: Covid-19

To Our Members, Partners and Colleagues, As you are more than well aware, the Covid-19 situation in our Commonwealth and country is rapidly changing day to day. We hope that you are staying in, staying healthy and heeding the directives of community health officials. Preservation Massachusetts' offices are now officially closed for the next few weeks. Our staff will continue to work remotely, provided they are healthy and able to do so. All in person meetings with PM staff are cancelled but we look forward to rescheduling soon. The impact of gathering restrictions and general health concerns has prompted us to reschedule our 2020 Awards Dinner for Thursday, October 22. Please con

The Benefits of Historic Preservation - Topic for next WMHCC Meeting - March 25

Wednesday March 25, 2020 (SNOW DATE 3/31/2020) 10am-12pm At the John W. Olver Transit Center, First Floor Allen Meeting Room, 12 Olive Street, Greenfield, Massachusetts, 01301 Hosted by the Franklin Regional Council of Governments Topic: The Benefits of Historic Preservation: Economic, Environmental, Educational, and Emotional More details to come as the speakers and agenda are finalized. For questions, please email Stacia Caplanson at scaplanson@preservationmass.org

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