The Medford Historical Society, of Medford, Massachusetts, is looking to quickly assemble a team of volunteers to manage the stabilization of the Peter Tufts House (c. 1677-1680), one of the oldest brick homes in the United States.
Built around 1680, by Peter Tufts, Sr., for his son, Captain Peter Tufts, Jr., the home was acquired by the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities (now Historic New England), in the early 1900s, and later purchased by the Medford Historical Society, in 1983.
Unfortunately, like many historic homes, the Peter Tufts House suffers from much deferred maintenance, and is need of immediate attention. Although the Medford Historical Society is determined to hold on to the home, and keep it accessible to the pubic, they’re concerned they lack the expertise to manage this effort.
Hence, they’re reaching out to the preservation community at large, searching for qualified volunteers willing to form a preservation management team on their behalf. Ideal volunteers would have expertise in areas such as historic property management, historic preservation (including preservation trades and technologies), grant writing and fund raising, and construction project management. If you’re interested in participating, please direct your inquiries to:Ryan D. Hayward, President The Preservation Collaborative, Inc. 40 Sheridan Avenue Medford, MA 02155
781 241 7253 Ryan@preservation-collaborative.com
who’s spearheading this search effort on behalf of the Medford Historical Society. For more detailed information, please view this statement by Mr. Hayward, and the original press release by the Medford Historical Society, posted by The New England House Historian.
To all of you in the online historic preservation community: Please help spread the word regarding this request for volunteers. Let’s show the world how social media can help save historic landmarks!
Many thanks to Ryan D. Hayward, of The Preservation Collaborative, Inc., for leading the volunteer search, the Medford Historical Society, for doing the right thing by reaching out to the preservation community at large with their request for help, and especially to my great friend Marian Pierre-Louis, of Fieldstone Common History Radio and The New England House Historian, for getting the ball rolling on publicizing this effort.