WHO WE ARE
In 2016, a new organization was formed in response to the structural crisis at the Friends Meeting House.
Friends of Somerset Historic Preservation (FOSHP) is a public non-profit 501c3 organization of Somerset residents whose interest is the preservation of our historic structures and landmarks.
Twenty-first century townspeople are surrounded every day by visible clues to Somerset's history and culture. Our goal is to identify, commemorate, and preserve our local treasures, not only for today's residents but for future generations of townspeople
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GRANTS & FUNDRAISING
As of May 2018, due to the success of our 1st annual event, we have raised enough money through the event as well as grant applications to begin structural repairs and roof replacement!
In 2016, the Town of Somerset applied for Community Preservation funding to obtain the materials necessary to "restore and preserve the roof of the Quaker Meeting House." The Somerset Town Meeting, by a nearly unanimous vote, approved an appropriation of
$43,000 dollars to purchase historically accurate materials. Funding for labor costs to reroof the building is not included in the CPA award, and no part of the CPA award may be used for labor costs. The Somerset Historical Commission has committed to providing $8,500 from an account established for donations to the Quaker Meeting House for its restoration. We have reached our goal of raising enough to reroof the structure and will continue to raise money until the entire building is preserved! Thank you for your support!
Our organization, Friends of Somerset Historic Preservation, is applying for grant monies to assist in restoring and preserving the Friends Meeting House. We hope to have adequately described the historic and cultural significance of the structure. We hope as well to have explained its potential for loss. We are looking for grants to assist us in taking action to save Somerset's oldest landmark.