HARVARD – Senator Jamie Eldridge (D-Acton) and Representative Jennifer Benson (D-Lunenburg) announced today that the Town of Harvard, Massachusetts has been awarded $192,000 by the Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund to renovate and make accessible the Hapgood Library (also known as the Old Library).
The Old Library, located at 7 Fairbanks Street in the center of town, is currently leased by the Harvard Cultural Collaborative. The Collaborative uses the library as a community center and cultural exhibit space.
“I was happy to support the Harvard Cultural Collaborative’s mission to improve the accessibility of the Old Library,” said Representative Benson. “They’ve done so much to support the arts and culture in the region, and I’m excited that once the renovations are complete, even more people will have access to their programs.”
“I’m very happy that the Town of Harvard has received this grant to upgrade the Old Library,” Senator Eldridge said. “The library is an important community space that serves as a center of learning, including educating Harvard residents about the town’s unique history, cultural contributions, and people. I was pleased to advocate for this state funding for the Hapgood Library, which I have fond memories of visiting earlier on in my legislative career.”
“I’m thrilled that the Old Library will soon be accessible to everyone,” said Willie Wickman, Treasurer for the Harvard Cultural Collaborative. “Thank you to Senator Eldridge and Representative Benson for your advocacy and support in helping us secure this funding.”
Built in the late 19th Century, the building is a cultural treasure of historic value. The funding from the Massachusetts Cultural Facility Fund will allow for the construction of a single wheelchair-accessible front entrance, so that all Harvard residents will be able to participate in the artistic displays and activities offered by the Harvard Cultural Collaborative.
The Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund was established by the Massachusetts Legislature in 2006 to increase investment in the development of cultural facilities across the Commonwealth. Over the past 11 years, the Fund has made more than 800 grants totaling more than $100 million. The Fund is administered by MassDevelopment and the Mass Cultural Council.