The Samuel Harrison Society was awarded a $63,000 Cultural Facilities Fund grant to help pay for the historical restoration improvements at the house. The Cultural Facilities Fund grant served as a portion of the matching funds required of the National Park Service Save America’s Treasures grant that was also used to help pay for the improvements. The Samuel Harrison House is listed on both the State and National Historic Registers and was the residence of Samuel Harrison and his family. Samuel Harrison was the chaplain of the famous 54th all black regiment that fought for the north in the Civil War. The movie “Glory” starring Denzel Washington was based on the 54th regiment’s heroics. Samuel Harrison also fought for equal pay for black soldiers which eventually was granted while Abraham Lincoln was President.
As Governor Patrick is aware, the Berkshires have many, many beautiful and important cultural and historical venues that have benefited from Mass Cultural Council funding. Maintaining these important buildings and venues is key to a strong economy so it is extremely important to continue funding programs that keep our vibrant heritage alive and well. Allocating the remaining $26 million to the Cultural Facilities Fund will certainly help to preserve the State’s treasures.
Bonnie Galant, Dept. of Community Development
Below are before and after photos of the Samuel Harrison House located at 82 Third Street in Pittsfield, MA.
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