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Hilltowns Archives —The Altamont Enterprise, December 25, 2008

Historic trinity church gets grant for restoration

By Zach Simeone

RENSSELAERVILLE — The condition of a sacred site in town will soon be assessed, now that funding has become available.

The Trinity Episcopal Church has been awarded a $5,000 grant by the New York Landmarks Conservancy’s Sacred Sites Program, designed to provide monetary aid for the maintenance, repair, and restoration of New York State’s religious properties.

Michael Devonshire, director of conservation at Jan Hird Pokorny, Inc. in New York City, has been retained to perform the survey.

The grant will “serve as a base to determine preservation and improvement efforts required for future generations to use and enjoy this historic structure,” said a release from the church. “Once the survey is completed, the vestry will present options to the congregation for improvements.”

A matching grant was also received locally, but the source was not specified in the release, and no representative of the church was available.

The church, built in 1815, is now almost 200 years old. “It is the goal to secure funding to implement the improvements in time for the bicentennial celebration in 2015,” the release said.

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