The Festival of Trees has awarded a $10,000 matching grant to the Salem (NH) Historical Society to be used for the restoration of the Salem Depot Train Station.
This donation is part of the Historic Preservation and Restoration Grant Program designed to provide preservation funding to private, nonprofit organizations, private businesses housed in a historic property, cities and towns, and other public entities.
Attendees to the annual Festival of Trees holiday event are encouraged to cast their vote for their town to be considered for a grant to help fund a restoration/preservation project in their town. Salem received the most votes during the 2007 Festival and was awarded the matching grant.
“Our goal has always been to be a catalyst for historic preservation in our community, and we wanted to expand the efforts to other cities or towns to help raise awareness its importance,” said Maureen Pollard, president of the Methuen Festival of Trees. “We are thrilled to be able to assist in preserving such an important historical building as the Salem Depot.”