Western Massachusetts Historical Commission Coalition

Western Massachusetts Historical Commission Coalition Meeting
Introduction to Historic Preservation Planning for Small Towns
Hosted by the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission 

Thursday November 4, 2021, 10:00 a.m.

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Meeting ID: 897 8979 3208
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Jennifer Doherty, Local Government Programs Coordinator for the Massachusetts Historical Commission, will present an overview of Historic Preservation Planning, focusing on how identification is key, but tailored to best practices for smaller towns with limited budgets and town staff support.

Case Studies:
Chesterfield Historical Commission: Dee Cinner and Eileen McGowan, of the Chesterfield Historical Commission, will discuss how they came to create their Draft Chesterfield Historic Preservation Plan outline and notes as a starting point for local preservation planning and what they’ve accomplished since this first step.  They will discuss what led them to put this together, how it has helped with local preservation planning efforts and what they see as next steps.

Leverett Historical Commission Leverett Historical Commission member Susan Lynton and consulting historian Pleun Bouricius will present on the Leverett Town Wide Survey and how the information gathered has informed the LHC’s work.

Lenox Historical Commission Olga Weiss from the Lenox Historical Commission will present regarding the Town’s 2018 preservation plan and will discuss progress they have made in the preservation priorities identified in this plan.

Questions and Answers with the Presenters