Preservation Grant Activity at the Jason Russell House
The Arlington Historical Society was recently awarded a $15,000 grant to conduct a Preservation Study of the Jason Russell House. The grant, from Massachusetts Preservation Projects Fund through the Massachusetts Historical Commission, is a 50% matching reimbursement program for properties listed in the State Register of Historic Places. The Preservation Study is needed to document existing conditions and to determine the plan and requirements for continued preservation and immediate stabilization. Matching funds were provided by the Town of Arlington Community Preservation Act.
The Jason Russell House is listed both on the State Register of Historic Places and the National Register, and has both local and national significance as the site of the most intense fighting between retreating British soldiers and local civilians on April 19, 1775. It is currently interpreted as a historic house museum, owned and operated by the Arlington Historical Society. This captivating story is interpreted for the public through docent-led tours and a robust education program for area schools.
Not only does the Jason Russell House present the story of an important event in American history, but is also a tangible connection to the past. Successive owners did little to alter the original house. As a result, the house retains much of the original historic features, including musket ball holes from 1775. The Society purchased the home in 1923, and has been able to maintain the home for intervening decades, however some urgent preservation needs have arisen and a considerable amount of restoration work is needed. This Study will become the core planning document, guiding and prioritizing projects, and ensuring that all conservation and rehabilitation projects are within standards for historic preservation.
The Massachusetts Preservation Projects Fund, established in 1984, supports the preservation of properties, landscapes, and cultural resources in the Commonwealth. Historic cultural resources frequently suffer from deferred maintenance, incompatible use, or are threatened by demolition. By providing assistance to historic cultural resources owned by nonprofit or municipal entities, the Massachusetts Historical Commission ensures their continued use and integrity.
2016-2017 Lecture Series “Greening of History”
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