Massachusetts Historical Commission - 2008 Preservation Award Winners
William R. Power • Peabody
William R. Power  Peabody

Local Preservationist

William Power has been the guiding force behind the city of Peabody’s historic preservation initiatives for the last 20 years. He has conducted extensive research on the historic buildings and burial grounds in the city. Mr. Power has been involved with a number of impressive preservation projects. He was instrumental in renovating both Felton Houses, which are the oldest in Peabody, dating to 1644 and 1683. He was also involved in renovating the Smith Barn and the George Peabody House, the birthplace of the city’s primary benefactor. He has helped the city acquire historic properties and protect historic areas from development. He supported the creation of a local archive in Peabody and authored Peabody in Vintage Postcards. He was instrumental in the creation and building of the Leather Worker’s Museum and created a display of historic photos throughout City Hall.
Mr. Power chairs many committees and boards including the George Peabody House Museum, the Peabody Historical Commission, the Peabody Mass Archives Committee, and the Citizen’s Preservation Alliance. He is a trustee of the Peabody Institute Library Foundation and a trustee emeritus of the Essex National Heritage Commission. He is the president of the Peabody Historical Society & Museum and the editor of A Definitive History of Peabody and author of Peabody, Then & Now. He supported the adoption of the Community Preservation Act and currently serves as the chairman of the Community Preservation Committee. He is also the Cofounder and Chairman of the Peabody Historic Graveyard Coalition. Mr. Power’s tireless work on local preservation projects and strong lobbying efforts have benefited the city of Peabody immeasurably.

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