Historical Commission


The Historical Commission is an official town body, an agent of local government. Commissions are set up according to the laws of the Commonwealth under Chapter 40, Section 8 and members are appointed by the Selectmen, and are sworn in by the Town Clerk to serve three year terms. The law requires a minimum of three people and a maximum of 7 to be on a commission. The commission’s meetings must be publically posted. The commission’s budget is provided by taxpayers through town meeting vote.

The law requires a historical commission to conduct research on places of historical or architectural value, to cooperate with the State Archaeologist in conducting surveys and reporting on sites, to coordinate with other preservation organizations, and to keep accurate records or its actions. The law also enables a local commission to do other things like prepare and distribute publications, make recommendations to the selectmen, enter into contracts, and essentially develop an effective local program for preservation that is based on the needs and desires of our community.

Staff Contacts

Board Members

Name Title
Joan Longcope Vice Chair (June 30, 2019)
Roni Beal Chair (June 30, 2021)
Bill Waight Treasurer (June 30, 2017)
Carol Bramante Member (June 30, 2017)
Betsy Hannula Member (June 30, 2019)