Captain Edward Penniman House Received Centennial Challenge Funding with Partner Match

Richard G. Ryder, President of the Friends of Cape Cod National Seashore, hands Superintendent George Price a check for $100,000 as a partner match for the Centennial Challenge funding to repaint the Captain Edward Penniman House.
Richard G. Ryder (right), President of the Friends of Cape Cod National Seashore, hands Superintendent George Price (left) a check for $100,000 as a partner match for Centennial Challenge funding to repaint the Captain Penniman House, pictured behind.

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News Release Date: May 12, 2015

Contact: George E. Price, Jr., Superintendent, 508-957-0701

Superintendent George Price announces that the project to re-paint the Captain Edward Penniman House in Eastham was awarded $85,000 of funding from the National Park Service's "Centennial Challenge Fund" to match $100,000 pledged by the Friends of the Cape Cod National Seashore (Friends), the seashore's nonprofit partner, and $15,000 of funds that were donated by Eastern National, the seashore's cooperating association.

"We are thrilled that the Friends of the Cape Cod National Seashore were willing to step forward to make a substantial donation in support of the historic Captain Penniman House," said Superintendent Price, "The Friends support the seashore in many ways and we thank them for their continued support and efforts. We were particularly fortunate the donation was matched by the national Centennial Challenge Fund, which will enable the seashore to proceed with the painting to upgrade the Penniman House as part of our Centennial program."

Work includes inspection and repair or replacement of architectural details, including trim, gutters and downspouts, columns, doors, cupola, porch, chimneys and storm windows; repointing of chimneys and repair to flashing; preparation and painting of the house;and preparation and staining of the mansard roof and chimneys.

A special educational component of this project involves students from the carpentry program at Cape Cod Regional Technical High School who will meet with National Park Service (NPS) preservation specialists at the house while the project is underway to learn about preservation principles and methods. This program is part of an ongoing relationship seashore staff has with this school to help train their trades students and to convey NPS resource values and career opportunities.

"As President of the Friends of the Cape Cod National Seashore, I am pleased to say that the present Board of Directors voted unanimously in support of this project and approved the funding, as it is consistent with our mission," said Richard G. Ryder. "Thanks to the commitment of our 600 dues-paying members, we are able to be supportive of Cape Cod National Seashore. This is a major project for the seashore, and we are pleased to be part of it. None of us can do it alone."

Eastern National, a cooperating agency of the National Park Service, operates the bookstores at both visitor centers and at the Highland Lighthouse and Museum. Kevin Kissling, Chief Operating Officer of Eastern National said, "As part of our commitment to support and promote America's national parks, Eastern National is proud to be able to contribute to the improvements being made at the Penniman House at Cape Cod National Seashore. Since 1963, we have partnered with the seashore to provide quality educational experiences, products, and services, and we are thrilled to support this initiative as they prepare for the NPS Centennial celebration."

The year 2016 marks the Centennial of the establishment of the National Park Service. During this time of celebrations there are many initiatives, including the NPS Centennial Challenge for projects and programs at national parks. The goal of the Centennial Challenge is to inspire creative initiatives to improve visitor services, support outreach to new audiences, and leverage partnerships to reinvigorate the parks while forging connections with communities. The Centennial Challenge awarded funding to more than 100 projects across the National Park Service to leverage a $10 million congressional appropriation with $15.9 million matching funds from more than 90 partner organizations.


Last updated: May 12, 2015

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