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Preservation Conversations in "Preservation Month"

Preservation Conversations were so popular (and we hope beneficial!) that we are extended this weekly virtual gathering all throughout Preservation Month! Here are the May dates and upcoming topics of discussion. Guest speakers and participants will be announced soon! Preservation Conversations Wednesdays from 10 -11AM May 6, 13, 20, 27 featuring discussion topics on moving preservation projects forward (in uncertain times), conversations and questions with preservation consultants, architects and local preservation partners share stories from their project portfolios for inspiration and education.We are also actively making a calendar for June, so there is much more to come in the weeks (an

"Preservation... It's a Conversation" Storytellers, April 2020

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, and ourselves. Preservationist are often "in it for the long haul", through the twists and turns, the ups and downs. John Stagnone and The Friends of the State Theatre can attest to that, with their years of working toward the ultimate goal of having the theatre open for community use once again. Even when faced with major obstacles, this small group has persisted and continues to keep their e

Good News Ahead: 2020 MA Historic Preservation Grant Recipients Announced

In September, Preservation Massachusetts was thrilled to announce a new grant opportunity, in collaboration with The 1772 Foundation. The Foundation made 1:1 matching grants of up to $10,000 for non-profits and projects on historic building exteriors. Throughout the fall and winter, Preservation Massachusetts administered the grant program, making final recommendations to The 1772 Foundation in early April, 2020. The Trustees approved grants for 14 projects, totaling $100,000 in funding. Preservation Massachusetts is grateful to The 1772 Foundation for their generosity and support of preservation projects in Massachusetts. We are also thankful for the opportunity to collaborate with

Storyteller Archive

In an effort to inspire and bring some "good" news to the fore right now, we are posting an archive of all of our past Storytellers! Click below to find a link to all of our Storytellers through June, 2019. If you are interested in sharing your own "story" with others in Massachusetts and beyond, visit our Storytellers page and fill out a form to submit your story. 1.) The Path to RestorationThe Clinton A.M.E. Zion Church, Great Barrington - March, 2018 2.) A Personal Journey of Preservation:Passion, Commitment, and ContinuityThe Elihu Akin House, South Dartmouth - April, 2018 3.) Preserving the "Old Station" - Rutland - June 2018 4.) The Fitch-Hoose House, Dalton - August 2018 5.) The What

Partners for Sacred Places offering "Stewardship Triage & Recovery" Webinar

From Partners for Sacred Places: Stewardship Triage & Recovery: Strengthening giving during and after a crisis A Webinar In the first few weeks of social distancing, faith communities across the country are struggling to meet their budgeted annual giving goals. Join Partners for Sacred Places for a discussion of how the basics of healthy stewardship can be applied to the congregations’ current realities, and how clergy and lay leaders can ensure congregations can continue to meet their financial responsibilities. Clergy and lay leaders who are responsible for annual stewardship and experiencing a decrease in giving since implementing social-distancing measures and moving their worship servic

Mid-Month Motivators! Good News and Helpful Hints!

We all have a lot on our minds (and proverbial plates) right now and on information overload. But there has been a lot of useful news circulating recently that we wanted to share with you. We promise this will be quick! (view this as the mid-month email online here) Preservation Conversations are taking place every Wednesday, from 10-11 AM! Join the virtual meeting and listen to great discussion, ask questions, get answers and stay connected. For more information click here. Our partners at the Architectural Heritage Foundation recently did a great blog post about moving ahead with preservation projects during uncertain times. With great tips and insight, this is a good and informative r

Inviting you to "Episode 3" - Preservation Conversations!

Episode 2 of Preservation Conversations: FAQ's at PM and MHC Let's keep the conversation going!! The next installment of Preservation Conversations is scheduled for Wednesday, April 15, from 10-11 AM. This week will feature discussion around growing grassroots constituencies and effective local advocacy. Since all preservation is local, we hope the conversation has some helpful tips and ideas for you. PM staff will once again be joined by Chris Skelly of the Massachusetts Historical Commission. Plus we invite you to submit questions before the meeting (email Erin Kelly at or ask them live through our Chat portal on our GoTo Meeting site. So mark your c

Preservation Conversations: Episode 2 - "FAQ's with PM & MHC"

The second episode of Preservation Conversations was recorded on April 8, with great discussion about FAQ's related to preservation. The second installment of Preservation Massachusetts' "Preservation Conversations" centered around Frequently Asked Questions. Joining our staff was Chris Skelly, Director of Local Government Programs at the Massachusetts Historical Commission. Questions and topics discussed included demolition delays, historic districts, establishing Certified Local Governments, where to find funding for preservation projects and more! We also asked YOU some questions; what sort of online trainings and resources would you like to see, what sort of in-person (when we can gather

"See" You Wednesday

Our next installment of Preservation Conversations will happen this Wednesday, April 8! Grab coffee, tea (or preferred beverage of choice) and join in on PM's GoTo Meeting site for live Q&A, discussion and sharing on preservation and related topics. Joining us this week will be Chris Skelly, Director of Local Government Programs at the Massachusetts Historical Commission. We're thrilled to have him share his time and expertise with us. If you have questions, you can submit them before the meeting by emailing Erin Kelly ( - Subject Line: Preservation Conversations. You can also ask them live during the meeting. So mark your calendars for Wednesday's from

Introducing "Preservation Conversations"

PM hosted a "Pop-Up" Office hour on April 1, with a lot of great information, Q&A and more. Click above to watch or check it out on our YouTube channel. PM is excited to announce a new opportunity/initiative/we-needed-to-figure-out-how-to-keep-working-our-mission/program called Preservation Conversations. Based on our "Pop-Up" Office Hour, each week PM will host a virtual meeting where participants can learn from PM's professional staff on a variety of preservation topics, issues and (most importantly) ask questions directly to our staff. Our first went really well (thank you to the folks from Otis) and got us excited to keep the conversation going! Tune in each week via our GoTo Meetin

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