Marblehead’s new designation by the National Park Service as a Certified Local Government is already paying off, said Chris Johnston, chairman of the town’s Historical Commission. Marblehead has received one grant since submitting its application for the status, $25,000 for a coastal zone historic preservation survey, and has applied for a second grant to conduct a historic preservation survey of the shipyard district. “We’re very pleased to achieve the designation, and we hope it will be helpful to us as we go forward,” said Johnston. Marblehead is one of 34 communities in the United States to receive the designation, a partnership with the park service to gain access to historic preservation guidance and grants. The program is intended to promote historic preservation at the grass-roots level, according to a statement from the park service. For more information, go to nps.gov/clg.
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