Lille historical church to receive funds for preservation

LILLE, Maine — The Association culturelle et historique du Mont-Carmel will receive upwards of $78,480 in grant funds from the Northeast Heritage Economy Program through Maine Preservation.


An April 6 press release states that the funds were made possible through partnerships with Maine, New Hampshire, New York and Vermont, all states from the Northern Border Regional Commission. 

The grants are intended to boost economic development and possibly create jobs in areas that are affected by the decline of the forest products industry, according to the release. 

“For nearly five decades, the volunteers and staff of Maine Preservation have been dedicated to maintaining and restoring historic sites throughout our state. Their hard work has helped to strengthen local economies and promote community spirit,” Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King said in a joint statement. 

“We have fought to ensure that funding awarded through the Northern Border Regional Commission supports areas impacted by the decline of the forest products industry and are encouraged by these community-driven preservation projects announced by Maine Preservation. This investment will help make significant improvements in Thorndike, Dover-Foxcroft, Lille, and Belfast.” 

The Association culturelle et historique du Mont-Carmel will use its funds to restore the frescoed plaster and repair the roof and sills of the Musée Culturel du Mont-Carmel. According to the release, the Musée is on Maine Preservation’s Most Endangered Historic Places list as an especially important historic building. 

“Unlike our partner states, there is limited public funding for historic preservation projects in Maine and this program shows the great demand and the great opportunities for positive economic impacts throughout Maine,” Greg Paxton, executive director of Maine Preservation, said.

As a whole, the group of states were awarded $1 million and is split evenly.

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