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Boston’s Old North Church Gets Federal Grant

May 29, 2003

Boston’s Old North Church Gets Federal Grant
The Old North Church in Boston, famous for its connection to Revolutionary War legend Paul Revere, will receive federal grant money for renovations thanks to a change in government policy on church and state. The church regularly hosts tours for school and other groups.

According to the Associated Press, Old North is still an active Episcopal church, and has been ineligible for federal historic preservation grants up until now because of concerns about the separation of church and state.

But Interior Secretary Gale Norton said Tuesday that, under a new policy, all nationally significant historic structures can get grants. A $317,000 grant has been approved to repair and restore windows in the building and make it more accessible to the public.

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