historic preservation


State and local officials gathered today at the construction site of the MGM casino in Springfield to mark a milestone in the project, the relocation of a 129-year-old church.

Jim Levulis / WAMC

The community group intent on saving a shuttered Pittsfield church once slated for demolition is hosting a panel discussion Tuesday featuring the head of a national group that focuses on repurposing former places of worship.


New York state is getting $20,000 to support the conservation and digitization of Colonial-era documents that were burned in the 1911 fire at the State Capitol. 

The money, gifted by AT&T will go to digital preservation of records  dating back three centuries were damaged or destroyed when a fire broke out inside the Capitol on March 29, 1911.

AT&T’s New York President Marissa Shorenstein:   “We’re proud to be able to support the New York State archives to ensure that these documents are preserved for future generations.”

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A group dedicated to saving a shuttered Pittsfield church once slated for demolition recently got a look inside the deteriorating cathedral.

In cities across the country, many churches sit dormant, falling into disrepair and losing their status as a central gathering place for the community. So one couple decided to do something about that.

New Haven Colony Historical Society and Adams National Historic Site

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — The Connecticut Historical Society has purchased a collection of letters written in the 1830s and 1840s by a woman describing the lives of the African captives from the slave ship Amistad.

The society paid $66,000 Tuesday for the letters written by Charlotte Cowles, whose abolitionist family took in one of the former Amistad captives.

Cowles described a captive showing her where she was burned on her shoulder with a red-hot pipe in Africa and her interactions with the leader of the captives.


An inner city neighborhood once lost to blight and crime has undergone a transformation that officials believe could serve as a model  for the entire country.  The neighborhood revitalization  in Springfield Massachusetts required substantial public financing, without which officials insist it could not have happened.   WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.