There are two openings on the Harvard Historical Commission and we are seeking candidates. If you might be interested, please come to our next meeting on Wednesday, Jan 4, at 7 p.m. in the Old Library and meet us, and we can answer your questions. The position is open to any Harvard resident that would like to serve. If you are interested, but cannot make our Jan 4 meeting, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Harvard is fortunate to have retained much of its historic architecture and landscapes. Harvard has two historic districts. Town Center is considered uniquely evocative of 18th century New England, with is large common surrounded by antique houses, civic buildings and churches. Shaker Village has many excellent examples of typical Shaker buildings and also one of a kind items — an Herb Drying House and a Burial Ground with cast iron (“lollipop”) markers — the only one left in the world.
In 1972 Harvard town meeting approved a town bylaw that established the Historic Commission in order to preserve the architectural integrity of these two gems. We also support historic preservation efforts throughout town. We meet on the first Wednesday evening of each month, and are comprised of seven members and two alternates.
Harvard’s bylaw specifies that a variety of groups nominate historic commissioners. One of the two current openings is nominated by the Conservation Commission and then appointed by selectmen, and the other is selected and appointed by the selectmen. After candidates discuss the openings with the Historic Commission on Jan 4, any interested candidates would then fill out the town’s volunteer application and go to these two boards for interviews and selection. We will accompany you, and if there are many candidates we will recommend which we suggest would be the best at this time, but the final selection is made by the Board of Selectman.
These two openings were created when two of our long standing members decided to leave. Jonathan Feist and Roseanne Saalfield each served the commission diligently, including as chairperson. We thank them for their years of caring and service.