Thursday, July 24, 2008

Old State House restoration

The historic Old State House in Boston has undergone some restoration in the past few months. The Bostonian Society has restored the building's tower, restored masonry in several locations, and repaired or replaced damaged window frames. The dome and weathervane atop the tower were re-gilded, and they have been restored to their 18th-century splendor. Upgrades will continue to make the Old State House handicap-accessible and improve its interpretative displays.

The Boston National Historic Park and The Bostonian Society are celebrating the completion of the recent restoration work with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday, July 25 at 11:00 AM. U.S. Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne and National Park Service Director Mary Bomar will attend the ceremony on the plaza outside the Old State House. The construction project is the first to be completed under the National Park Service Centennial Initiative, which seeks to reinvigorate the country's national parks in time for the centennial of the National Park Service in 2016.

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