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Historical Commission
Contact TypeContact Information
Contact:
Chairperson
Barbara Deschenes
Secretary
Address:
140 Worcester Street
West Boylston, MA 01583
Phone:
774-261-4010
Fax:
Alternate Phone:
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Meetings:
3rd Thursday of the month
3:30 p.m. at the
Historical Society
65 Worcester Street
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Historical Commissioners
Term Expires
Nancy Barakian
4-30-2016
Sandra Carlson
4-30-2017
Barbara Deschenes, Secretary
4-30-2017
Beverly Goodale, Chair
4-30-2016
Kim D. Hopewell
4-30-2014
Neil Norum
4-30-2015
Dennis Parker
4-30-2016
Associate Commissioners
Term Expires
Monica A. Sullivan April
4-30-2017
The West Boylston Historical Commission was established under the provisions of Chapter 40 § 8d of the General Laws of Massachusetts by an Annual Town Meeting vote in 1970 and was established in March 2, 1970 under Article 21.

The Historical Commission consists of 7r residents appointed for 3-year terms by the Town Administrator.

Mission Statement
The Historical Commissioners are agents of local government.  Their most important goal is the preservation of the community's historic places.  Their purpose is to work toward this goal by planning for and implementing programs for the identification, evaluation and protection of its community's historic resources.

The Historical Society members serve under the direction of the commission on tasks, such as the inventory, extensive research on the community, its buildings and the lives of people associated with the town's development.

Duties:
Chapter 40 § 8d identifies five responsibilities for all commissions established under the chapter. They are:

1.
Conducting research on places of historical or architectural value;
2.
Cooperating with the State Archaeologist in conducting surveys and reporting on sites;
3.
Coordinating with other preservation organizations;
4.
Keeping accurate records of its actions and filing an annual report; and
5.
Maintaining a membership of not less than three, nor more than seven members, duly appointed by the appropriate municipal officer.
Beyond these five responsibilities, the commissions are free to undertake any number of activities for the purpose of preserving, protecting, and developing the historic an archaeological assets of the community. They may:

1.
Prepare and distribute publications:
2.
Make recommendations to the Board of Selectmen and Massachusetts Historical Commission;
3.
Hold hearings;
4.
Enter into contracts and other agreements;
5.
Accept gifts to further its work;
6.
Hire staff; and
7.
Acquire property in the town's name.

 
Town of West Boylston 140 Worcester Street, West Boylston, MA 01583
Phone: 774-261-4010
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