We will probably be judged not by the monuments we build but by those we have destroyed.
Architecture Critic Ada Louise Huxtable
MESSAGE FROM THE COMMISSION CHAIR
The Harvard Historical Commission welcomes you to its website. Here, you can learn more about the rich history of our town, and you can even work with us in our historic preservation effort by joining our conversation on our ‘BLOG’. (See NAVIGATION TABS at top of page.) We are fortunate to live in a town that has retained so much of its traditional New England character; from our picturesque villages, to our farmsteads and landscapes and our many landmark buildings.
The first role of the Commission is to preserve and protect the historic assets of the town and its Harvard Common and Shaker Village historic districts. If you live in one of these districts, please familiarize yourself with our ‘DISTRICT RESIDENTS’ PAGE‘, where you will find our Design Guidelines, and Harvard’s Historic Preservation Bylaw. If you would like to know where the historic districts are located, click the HISTORIC ASSETS / ‘DISTRICTS‘ to see the maps. You are welcome to browse other sections of our website including our ‘BLOG‘ by selecting the appropriate TAB shown at top of page.
The second role of the Commission is to advocate for the preservation of all historic assets throughout our town. The Commission can help as a historical and restoration resource to property owners and managers who are remodeling or maintaining their historic properties. Check out our “HISTORIC HOUSE MARKER PROGRAM” to read about the Marker (shown above) that is officially sanctioned by the Historical Commission.
Our projects typically begin with our planning discussions which you may read about right here on our “Harvard Historical Commission” website. Look at our ‘LIST OF ALL POSTS’ in our ‘QUICK LINKS‘ in the right sidebar to see which discussion in our ‘BLOG‘ you would like to join.
Harvard has a rich history to be told, and we welcome anyone to help us tell the stories of Harvard on our historical walks around town. Please visit our HARVARD HISTORY / ‘HISTORICAL WALKS‘ page. Beyond that, please consider joining us in our work. Read our posting “Our Historical Commission Needs Your Help“ and checkout our JOB OPENINGS page. We encourage you to join us at our monthly meetings at 7PM on the first Wednesday of each month at the Hildreth House and other meetings shown on OUR WORK / ‘CALENDAR‘ page. There, we will formulate our plans, make our decisions and execute our programs. While you browse our ‘LIBRARY‘, I encourage you to familiarize yourself with the MEETING AGENDA on the COMMISSIONERS’ PAGE for our next meeting.
To complete our place on the Internet, we devote a page to ‘OUR PRESERVATIONISTS’. For those volunteers and dedicated preservationists, we take time to acknowledge their work beginning in 1970 with the Planning Board advocating the formation of an Historic District Study Committee. This was followed with the town voting to enact a new Historic Districts Bylaw which formed the Historic Districts Commission and a year later, the Historical Commission.
Finally, please remember that we, on the Commission, are people of Harvard, your neighbors, who are here to serve the people of Harvard. So we hope to hear from you. Please leave us a note or question below in the ‘LEAVE A REPLY’ box.
With kind regards,
Harvard Historical Commission