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Boston Preservation Alliance

141 Cambridge Street

Boston, Massachusetts 02114

Advocate Certification Training

ACT Class

Each of Boston’s neighborhoods is unique featuring architecture, character, and a historic narrative that reflects generations of Bostonians. The individual components that make up our neighborhoods⁠—from the storefronts in the commercial corridor to the steeples and meeting houses to the parks and statues⁠—combine to create a distinct sense of place from East Boston to the Back Bay to Mattapan. As our city continues to grow and evolve, the Alliance is dedicated to preserving that character throughout Boston’s neighborhoods, but our voice is stronger and more effective when our partners and supporters join our effort.  

If you would like to be an advocate for historic preservation in your neighborhood, or if you already are and would like further guidance, the ACT Class is a great opportunity to learn how to better protect, promote, and preserve what makes your Boston neighborhood special. 

The ACT Class is a four-month course with one class a month. Each class will focus on a different topic including the basics of historic preservation, the development process in Boston, how to be an effective advocate, and connecting with local partners in your neighborhood. All four classes must be completed before earning the ACT certificate. The four-month course will be offered three times a year in different neighborhoods in Boston. 

Registration is required and seats are limited. 

The ACT Class is made possible by grants from MassHousing and the BSA Foundation

ACT Class: 2021

Registration has not yet opened for 2021 classes. All classes will be virtual for the foreseeable future. If you would like to be added to our waitlist to join a future class contact Alison Frazee,

Registration fee: $30
Class times: 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Class Location: Virtual via Zoom
Class dates
2021 dates TBD

The Boston Preservation Alliance is a nonprofit organization that protects and improves the quality of Boston’s architectural heritage. Through advocacy and education, we bring people and organizations together to influence the future of Boston’s historic buildings, landscapes, and communities.

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