First grants from Hingham Greenbush Trust awarded

Nearly $100,000 from the $1.35 million Greenbush Trust Fund has been awarded to local organizations for several historic projects along the MBTA line. Town officials finished collecting the settlement money last year, received as part of an agreement allowing the commuter train to be routed trough Hingham. Officials and the Massachusetts Historical Commission have since worked to develop grant guidelines. According to Tom Willson, chairman of the Hingham Historical Commission, the funding will be spent in $100,000 annual increments on projects that help preserve Hingham’s history, with no single project to receive more than $50,000. “The applicants have to live within the various historic districts that line the track through the town,” Wilson said. “This is for keeping the historic nature of Hingham along the railroad line intact and for upkeep of historic homes and any other buildings.” This year, grant projects include building projects at New North Church, Old Fort House, Old Colony Masonic Lodge, Hingham Historical Society, Ames Chapel, and the Thomas Barker House.