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Nantucket Preservation Trust Announces Scholarship Recipient

The Nantucket Preservation Trust (NPT) has awarded their first full-time scholarship totaling $47,736 to Nantucket resident Chris O’Reilly who will attend the North Bennet Street School’s two-year preservation carpentry program. The Mary Helen and Michael Fabacher Scholarship will allow O’Reilly to begin his education at the Boston institution this September. For further information please visit the NPT website: <>

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Chris O’Reilly has been awarded the Nantucket Preservation Trust scholarship.

The Mary Helen and Michael Fabacher Scholarship was established to encourage and promote traditional building methods essential for the preservation of Nantucket’s historic architecture and to provide education opportunities to increase knowledge of these important crafts. It was designed to assist high school graduates looking to enter the construction field with the intention of returning to the island to practice their traditional building skills, and the island building trade person interested in perfecting old skills or in learning new ones. The scholarship is specifically tailored for those looking to attend the premiere woodworking school: The North Bennett Street School and its two-year comprehensive Preservation Carpentry program.

O’Reilly grew up and now resides on the island where he has worked alongside plaster, Pen Austin, Nathan Killeen, Sanford Kendal and most recently restoration carpenter, Michael Burrey. O’Reilly along with Burrey this past spring spent time in London, England where they worked hewing timbers for the Tower of London. “It was an extremely rewarding experience and I’m so happy to be able to say that I helped out in the rebuilding of a stairwell at the Tower of London. These stairs should last anywhere between 70 to 100 years. I can’t wait to see them up next time I get over there,” said Chris. His passion for the island and experiences working with experienced preservationists has lead him to strive for further education. The NPT hopes upon completion of the two-year program O’Reilly’s new skills will help further the goal, “To preserve our architectural heritage for present and future generations to enjoy.”

New recipient of the Mary Helen and Michael Fabacher Scholarship Chris O’Reilly was awarded full tuition totaling $47,736 for the two-year North Bennet Street School Preservation Carpentry Program. The NPT supports future generations in their endeavors to preserve Nantucket’s architectural past. To learn more about the scholarship program or apply today please visit

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