PEABODY, MASSACHUSETTS (www.northshore-bank.com) – The Danvers Historical Society has launched an emergency fund raising effort to preserve a number of historical assets in the community, including the Derby Summer House, also known as the McIntire Tea House at Glen Magna Farms.
Thomas Page, President of the Danvers Historical Society stated,
“Over recent years, we have been unable to raise the adequate funds to meet the enormous demand for building preservation and renovation.” He went on to say, “The loss of these edifices on the Danvers cultural and historic landscape would be devastating.”
From left to right – Danvers Historical Society Trustee, David P. McKenna, Danvers Historical Society President, Thomas M. Page, NSB Danvers Branch Manager, Jodi Houghton, and Danvers Historical Society VP, George Saluto.
With $30,000 already raised for the Derby Summer House renovation project, the Danvers Historical Society is now seeking the remaining $20,000 it needs to satisfy the $50,000 matching grant from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
With a contribution of $5,000, Kevin M. Tierney, Sr., President and CEO of North Shore Bank said,
“North Shore Bank recognizes that historical preservation is important to the cultural aspect of a community, and giving has always been a significant part of the Bank’s key principles.” He continued, “When we were asked for help by the Danvers Historical Society, we didn’t hesitate to step up.”
In May of 1981 North Shore Bank moved its Danvers office to its current 48 Elm Street location — the site of the historic Putnam-Fellows-Masury house. While renovating the property, the bank worked closely with the Danvers Historical Commission, considering factors such as the extensive history and the importance of the house to the community and streetscape.
For its effort in renovating this historic property, the Bank was awarded with Massachusetts Historical Commission Preservation Award. According to Michael Joseph Connolly, Massachusetts Secretary of State in 1981,
“Through their efforts, the award winners have strengthened the cause of historic preservation in a state richly endowed with treasures of the past.”
If you would like to help, contact the Danvers Historical Society at 978-774-9165, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Danvers Historical Society
The Danvers Historical Society, a private not-for-profit, was founded in 1889 "to discover, collect and preserve objects which illustrate local history, but particularly the history, development and people of the Town of Danvers". The Historical Society owns three historic sites and a museum building and is steward of the Endicott Burial Ground. The society has many events, exhibits and fundraisers every year and is an important part of the community. Membership is open to everyone, and volunteers are always welcome.
About North Shore Bank
North Shore Bank is a full-service community bank based in Peabody, Massachusetts and serving the personal and business banking needs of the North Shore, eastern Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire. Established in 1888, the bank operates out of twelve area offices, located in Beverly, Danvers, Merrimac, Middleton, Newton, New Hampshire, Peabody, Salem and Saugus.