NEW PALTZ – Historic Huguenot Street (HHS) has been awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Preservation Assistance Grant to augment emergency preparedness for the 10-acre National Historic Landmark District in the Village of New Paltz.
This is the second NEH grant awarded to HHS in two years.
HHS was notified of the award by U.S. Congressman John Faso’s office in early December. “We are extremely grateful for this support which helps us update and strengthen our readiness in case of severe storms, fire, and other disasters,” said Josephine Bloodgood, Director of Curatorial and Preservation Affairs. “With more than 14,000 collections pieces and seven stone houses dating to the 18th century, planning for emergency preparedness and disaster response at the site is critical. We appreciate that our representatives understand the importance of preserving our nation’s rich cultural heritage through grants like this.”
“Historic Huguenot Street is an important historical site to preserve what remains of one of the earliest Huguenot settlements here in America,” said Congressman Faso (R-NY19). “The Huguenots came to America to escape religious persecution and their experience is just one example of the life the European settlers came to North America to live. This grant will help preserve that story and ensure Historic Huguenot Street continues to live on.”
Conservator Barbara Moore will work with HHS staff to guide the effort. Moore has led a number of similar NEH-funded emergency preparedness efforts, including recently at Historic Deerfield in Massachusetts. The project at HHS entails a risk assessment for each of the historic houses and other buildings where collections are stored or displayed, completion of a comprehensive Emergency Preparedness and Response Plan, and subsequent training for HHS staff and volunteers.