LOCAL PRESERVATION UPDATE E-NEWSLETTER
Published by the Massachusetts Historical Commission
July 13, 2009
This e-newsletter from the Massachusetts Historical Commission Preservation Planning Division has been prepared for local historical commissions, historic district commissions and others interested in historic preservation activities around the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. It is published roughly every other week. If you have suggestions or items of interest for this newsletter, please contact Chris Skelly at the Massachusetts Historical Commission. Christopher.Skelly@state.ma.us
HISTORIC DISTRICT COMMISSION MEMBERSHIP UPDATE FORMS
Local Historic District Commission Membership Update Forms were recently sent to local historic district chairpersons. The form should be updated with current commission member names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses and returned to the Massachusetts Historical Commission. For new members, we will send out a new member packet including the Guidebook for Local Historic District Commissions. If you haven’t sent in your membership update form already, please do so. We will also gladly accept an electronic version of your commission membership if that is easier for you.
HISTORIC PLACES FOR HISTORIC PARTIES
The Massachusetts Historical Commission is currently updating and revising Historic Places for Historic Parties, a not-for-profit publication that provides the public with an extensive listing of historic venues in the Commonwealth available for function rentals. Previous editions of this publication have been very popular and well received. MHC has sent letters to managers of properties previously listed in Historic Places for Historic Parties to update their listings. If you are aware of a property in your community that should be included in the next edition, please contact Kate Danckert at the MHC at 617-727-8470 or by email at Kate.Danckert@state.ma.us.
NEW LOCAL HISTORIC DISTRICT DVD AVAILABLE SOON
A new DVD on local historic districts will soon be available through the Massachusetts Historical Commission. Local Historic Districts in Massachusetts will describe the history of local historic districts, how local historic districts protect significant resources and how to establish a local historic district in your community. For local historic district commissions, the DVD will include sections on administering local historic districts and design review in local historic districts. This DVD is in addition to the Local Historical Commissions in Massachusetts DVD currently available from the Massachusetts Historical Commission. The new local historic district DVD will be available within the next two months.
NEW BOOK ON THE BLACKSTONE RIVER VALLEY
A new book from the Worcester Historical Museum, Landscape of Industry, offers a unique and broad perspective on the industrial development of the Blackstone River Valley. Stretching from Worcester, Massachusetts to Providence, Rhode Island, the Blackstone River Valley began its industrial legacy with the establishment of the Slater Mill in 1790. From then on, water powered mills spread throughout the valley and New England altering the landscape and work itself.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS AND DATES TO REMEMBER
July 29-30, 2009
Cemetery Landscape Preservation Workshop, Brookline, MA
July 31, 2009
Preservation Massachusetts Most Endangered Nomination Deadline
August 7, 2009
Deadline for Boston Foundation for Architecture Grants
September 17, 2009
MHC Workshop on Demolition Delay Bylaws, Wareham
For more information, email Christopher.Skelly@state.ma.us
Please forward this newsletter on to others that may be interested. If you are receiving this as a forwarded message and would like to receive it directly, please contact the Massachusetts Historical Commission. The Massachusetts Historical Commission also has a listserve, known as masshistpres, specifically for historic preservation. You can join this listserve by visiting http://mailman.cs.umb.edu/mailman/listinfo/masshistpres. This newsletter is posted on masshistpres directly and sent to local commission members. We welcome your thoughts on what you would like to see in this newsletter. The website for the Massachusetts Historical Commission is http://www.sec.state.ma.us/mhc/mhcidx.htm