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Preservation & People (PM Newsletter), Summer 2002

Preservation & People (PM Newsletter), Summer 2002

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Published by: Preservation Massachusetts on Dec 15, 2009
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Hancock Shaker Village,PO Box 927, Pittsfield, MA
Friday, July 19 – August 3
Summer Farm Camp
For program and registration info, contact theNew England Heritage Breeds Conservancyat 413-443-8356
Sat. and Sun., July 27 & 28,9:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Age of Iron demonstration
Sat. and Sun., August 24 & 25,9:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Hancock Shaker Village Antiques Show
For more info call 413-443-0188 or visit theirwebsite: www.hancockshakervillage.org
Hardwick Community FairRte. 32A, Hardwick, MA
Fri., August 16, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM andSat., August 17, 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM
The 240th Hardwick Fair,“The Oldest Fair in the United States.”
For more info call Larry Duquette at 413-477-8238 or email DukeinHardwick@webtv.net.
New England Chapter, Society of Architectural Historians141 Cambridge Street, Boston, MA
Saturday morning, September 7
Fenway Walking Tour, Boston
Saturday, October 5
Tour of Kennebunk, Maine
Thursday evening, November 7
“Nationalism in Turkish Architecture”
Lecture by scholar Sybel Bozdogan. To beheld in the Boston area. For more info aboutthese events call NE/SAH Pres. MarthaMcNamara at 617-367-1725 or email mcna-mara@maine.edu.
Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities141 Cambridge Street, Boston, MA
Wednesday, August 14, 12:15 – 1:00 PM
The Union Oyster House: A BostonLandmark Rediscovered,
Lecture by ArthurKrim
Old West Church, Boston.
For more infoabout this event call 617-277-3957 ext. 270.
Sunday, September 15, 1:00 – 4:00 PM
Community Open House, Winslow CrockerHouse,
Yarmouthport, MA
Thursday, September 19, 6:00 – 8:30 PM
Twilight Tour with Bostonians at HomeHarrison Gray Otis House, Boston, MA.
For more info about above two events call617-227-3956.
Saturday, September 21, 10:00 – 11:30 AM
Modern Neighbors: Walking Tour of theWoods End Colony
Gropius House, Lincoln, MA.
Saturday, September 28, 10:00 AM – 3:30 PM
Exploring First Period ArchitectureBrowne House, Watertown, MA.
For moreinfo about above two events call 781-259-8098.
2002 Massachusetts HistoricPreservation Conference
“The Economics of Preservation”
Friday, September 27, New Bedford, MA
Complete schedule and registration materialswill be available in August. For more info callthe Massachusetts Historical Commission at617-727-8470
Leadership Training Conference
Saturday, September 28, New Bedford, MA
Program for Leadership Training Conferenceto be made available at a later date. Formore info call Historic Massachusetts at 617-723-3383
Mark Your Calendar!
HISTORICMASSACHUSETTSOld City Hall, 45 School StreetBoston, MA02108617-723-3383 • Fax 617-523-3782www.historicmass.org
In this issue
From the Executive Director............................2Annual Preservation Awards Dinner..................3“Fundamentals”..........................Technical InsertEndangered Update..........................................9Mark Your Calendar!Upcoming Events..............................Back Cover
The Judah Baker Windmill,Yarmouth, a successfulMassachusetts PreservationProjects Fund (MPPF) project.See page 2 for informationregarding the current statusof the MPPF.
Vol. 17, NO. 2
Photo: Courtesy of the Massachusetts Historical Commission
Summer 2002
Historic preservation and the MassachusettsPreservation Projects Fund (MPPF) haverecently suffered two significant setbacks.
Elsa Fitzgerald, the Assistant Director at the Massachusetts His-torical Commission (MHC) who served all of us so well fortwenty-one years, has retired. Elsa showed us the way time and time again as she patiently worked with hundreds of communities. With her gener-ous attitude toward the public, she created MHC’s reputation as “approachablebureaucrats”. The high point of her career was her oversight of the MPPF. Elsa’sefforts have earned her a Lifetime Achievement Award from Historic Massachusetts,which was presented at our recent dinner at the Copley Plaza.In addition, the MPPF has been lost due to the state’s current fiscal constraints.Since the MPPF’s inception in 1984, MHC has awarded over 550 competitivematching grants to projects in over 155 communities, for a total of $41 million dol-lars! This represents a total of well over $80 million dollars invested in historicresources in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The MPPF is a mini “jobs billprogram, since the fund only reimburses for actual construction work. The MPPFhas been funded through the legislature and administered by the Secretary of theCommonwealth’s Division, the MHC. Secretary Bill Galvin continues to be a strongvoice for preservation and the reauthorization of funding for the program.The cover of this issue of 
Preservation and People
showcases just one of the hun-dreds of successful MPPF projects in Massachusetts, the Judah Baker Windmill inYarmouth. The windmill was constructed in 1791 overlooking Grand Cove in whatis now known as Dennis. After being relocated on three separate occasions, the millwas finally given to the Town of Yarmouth. In the early 1990’s, the windmill hadfallen into disrepair, prompting the town to appropriate $100,000 for its restoration.Half the money was to come from available funds and half was to be borrowed.This money could only be appropriated if the Town received a MPPF grant fromMHC that could be used to pay back the borrowed funds. With $56,000 of MPPFsupport, this complicated project was completed.Without the MPPF grant, this restoration project would have never been initiated,much less completed. This same scenario has been played out hundreds of times; inmost cases, the restoration of these 550 reuse/restoration projects would never haveoccurred without MPPF. We haven’t even begun to factor the economic impact of the local funds match and the ramifications of the hundreds of jobs created by somany restoration projects.
What can we do about this Preservation Projects Fund setback?
Instead of tilting at windmills like Don Quixote, we preservationists must cometogether with a strategy that alerts legislators to the absolute necessity of MPPF. His-toric Massachusetts has taken the lead in gathering a Preservation Coalition withMHC, The National Trust, Boston Preservation Alliance, Historic Boston Inc.,Boston Landmarks as well as WHALE in New Bedford, Preservation Worcester, His- toric Salem, and the cities of Lowell and Cambridge. This group has been meetingfor several months. From 1989 through 1995, MPPF was not funded. As activistsfor historic preservation, we cannot allow a six-year hiatus to happen again. Wemust convince the legislature to authorize new monies to the Fund as soon as possi-ble. As a preservation coalition, we are discussing the benefits of hiring a legislativeagent to assist us in promoting the value of MPPF, as well as several other preserva-tion legislative initiatives. I would like to hear from you. Let me or my counterpartsin the Coalition know your thoughts and ideas. We must not allow another year topass without MPPF.
Jim Igoe
Clarissa Rowe,
Chair of the Board
Otile McManus,
Vice Chair
Samuel B. Knight, Jr.,
Claudia Sauermann Wu,
Board of Directors
Board of DirectorsKatherine F. AbbottJames Alexander, FAIABarbara BashevkinJohn F. Bok, Esq.Carol BratleyMaurice Childs, FAIAVin CipollaAnthony ConsigliKatherine D. Flynn CoughlinPaul A. Faraca Joan E. Goody, FAIAAllen F. JohnsonFrank Keee Robert H. Kuehn, Jr.Richard LundgrenPaul J. MartiniPaul J. McGinley, AICPMarion Pressley, FASLA Thomas H. SchwartzVictor J. Waler, FASLA
David Leach, ChairKatherine F. AbbottEleanor G. AmesPeter Aucella Ann Beha, FAIAArthur and Jean BennettShary Page BergCharles BeveridgeRichard CandeeMarcia M. Cini, Esq.Rolf DiamantGrace Friary Ruth GeoffroyJohn F. Furlong, FASLA Martha D. HamiltonGary R. Hilderbrand, ASLARobin KarsonDavid R. Keller Patrick A. T. LeeArleyn LeveeBarbara LevyEllen J. LipseyWendy NicholasJulia B. O’BrienBruce Polishoo Christine RinaldoMichael Roberts Gretchen G. SchulerS. Christopher ScottStanley M. SmithAntone G. Souza, Jr.Jane StirgwoltCharles M. SullivanWesley T. WardPatricia L. Weslowsi Tobias Yarmolinsy Sally Zimmerman
Jim Igoe,
Executive Director
Sarah DiSano,
Program Coordinator
Kate Ranweiler,
Office Manager
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