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Historic New England: Maintaining Your Old House - Online Lecture

Maintaining Your Old House, Online Lecture Join Historic New England on July 14th at 5:30 pm for a webinar on Maintaining Your Old House. Using examples from Historic New England's Preservation Easement Program, this online lecture delves into what to look for when inspecting the interior and exterior of your home. Examples focus on a variety of materials, architectural styles, and building sizes, as well as providing information about caring for significant landscape features and outbuildings. Audience members will come away with a framework for conducting annual inspections and an understanding of how to prioritize common preservation repairs. Attendance is free, but registration is req

What a "conversation!"

WOW! Our Preservation Conversation on historic New England stone walls broke records for attendance, proving that there are a lot of you interested and invested in the preservation of these uniquely New England "landforms". Our guest speaker, Robert Thorson, professor, author of several books including Stone by Stone and founder of The Stone Wall Initiative gave an incredible and educational presentation and we are very grateful for his participation. And if you enjoyed this conversation, be sure to tune in on Wednesday, August 19 when guest presenter Jeff Howry will demonstrate how to use LIDAR technology to find and map stone walls! Just a reminder that we will now be on a bi-weekly sc

Help Us Keep the Conversation Going!

What started as a Preservation Massachusetts "pop-up" office hour has turned into over 10 weeks of discussion, exchange, information sharing and great connections on a variety of preservation topics. Thank you to all who have participated live or watched our Preservation Conversations on YouTube! We want to hear your feedback so we can keep offering "conversation" topics that are useful, timely, meaningful and beneficial to all who are involved with historic preservation in all of its myriad forms. We have created a short survey that will help us continue evolving this new opportunity to better meet your preservation needs. Click on the link below to take the survey. Preservation Conversatio

Zoom Zoom Zoom! Latest WMHCC Meeting Now Available

We have all discovered the joys of virtual meeting platforms, like Zoom and GoTo Meeting. It's allowed us to meet despite social distancing, but it has also allowed meetings to easily be recorded and accessed again and again for reference or by those unable to attend in person. PM is pleased to be able to host on our website materials for the Western MA Historic Commissions Coalition and we are excited to now host their first virtual meeting recording! Visit the WMHCC page to see the recording, or go to our YouTune Channel. The detailed meeting agenda is also available in our WMHCC Archive. The topic was "Local Preservation Success Stories" and it has a great lineup of presenters. If you

Our Commonwealth: June 2020

To view the original e-newsletter online, click here. Our Commonwealth: June 2020 A Different View When we last saw this view from Cole's Hill overlooking Plymouth harbor, it was very different. It was mid-March, cold, dreary and we had no idea it would be nearly three months before we could even begin to imagine seeing it, or our office again. The picture we take of this view now may appear to be the same, but so much about it is different. And rightly so. As preservationists, we work to preserve places, our local and national history and tell the story of the people who came before us. Our history is not, should not be, one view, nor it is a single story. In a 2009 Ted Talk, Nigeria

W. MA Historic Commissions Coalition ZOOM Meeting: Tuesday June 9.

Western Massachusetts Historical Commission Coalition Topic: Local Preservation Success Stories Tuesday, June 9, 2020 10:00 am THIS WILL BE A VIRTUAL MEETING HOSTED ON ZOOM Hosted by the Franklin Regional Council of Governments The meeting will feature the following presenters: Walter Ramsey, Montague Town Planner, Transformation ThroughHistoric Rehab in Millers Falls This project involved the complete rehabilitation of three blighted, mixed-use buildings in the core of this small village 2. Brian Lever, Associate, Preservation Planning, Epsilon Associates Inc.: Greenfield Sears and Roebuck Store: Looking Deeper at Historic Photographs The presentation is a summary of the rehabilitation o

June Preservation Conversation Updates

Our Preservation Conversations will take place weekly throughout June! See below for our topics (some are still tentative), connection details and scheduling for the summer months. June 3 "Show Me The Money - Preservation Grants" - Special Guest Participants - MHC Grants Staff (available on YouTube and our website). June 10 "The Floor is Yours? Q&A and Open Forum Discussion" with PM Staff June 17 "Show Me The Money- Historic Tax Credits"- Tentative June 24 - "Historic Stone Walls" with Professor Robert Thorson, author of Stone by Stone How to Connect: We use GoTo Meeting for these virtual meetings. If you have not used GoTo Meeting before, we strongly suggest you download the GoTo Meeting ap

Statement of Solidarity

Like so many, we are struggling to come to terms with what we are witnessing across the United States. Words do not convey our sorrow and dismay at the events that have led us here, from the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis to the violent outbursts overshadowing the peaceful protests and causing damage to our communities that goes beyond shattered windows. We know that we, as a nation, are at a tipping point and this is a time where words must be followed by action and change. Preservation Massachusetts stands in solidarity with those who speak out against racism in all forms. We have an obligation and commitment to equity and inclusivity in the places we are preserving and the storie

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