Historical Commission meeting

Tuesday, November 30, 2021, 7:00 pm until 8:00 pm
A meeting of the Historical Commission

Meeting of Historical Commission

Members: (Quorum)

  • Absent: Edie Field, Honorary
  • Present: Susan Lynton, at 7:00 PM
  • Present: Anne Schuyler, at 7:00 PM
  • Present: Eva Gibavic, at 7:00 PM
  • Present: Ann Tweedy, at 7:00 PM
  • Present: Sara Robinson, at 7:00 PM
  • Present: Susan Mareneck, Chair, at 7:00 PM

Also Present:

  • Linda Whiting

See original Agenda Approved Meeting Minutes

Meeting opened: 7:00 PM

Meeting closed: 9:14 PM

  1. Meeting Preliminaries

    • Meeting Opened / Attendance Taken (see above).

    • No minutes to approve.

  2. Access to Historical Commission monthly meeting - https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86125147556

    • SM contact - leveretthistoryinfo@gmail.com Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86125147556 Meeting ID: 861 2514 7556 Since the state will allow virtual meetings to continue until 4/22, the LHC plans to hold a virtual meeting on zoom until further notice.

  3. Preservation Planning for Historical Assets

    • Industrial History programming - UPDATE on "A Sense of Where You Are: Getting to Know Leverett's Industrial Past' Virtual and in-person tours to Leverett's historic industrial landscape and sites." Signage program ("Town Pound" test case?) Slarrow Mill, Brushy Mtn. industries - mill, charcoal, other industries for 2022 programs?

      General Discussion...
      This meeting (the 3rd this month) was called specifically to address draft CPC applications due on 12/1/21. Two versions were submitted for consideration, one which included both the creation of an alliance to refurbish historic properties and to continue and expand the ongoing "Sense of Place..." industrial heritage programming, and the second which submitted the two requests separately. It was agreed to submit them separately. The "A Sense of Where You Are" programming will incorporate interviews with living skilled craftspeople who formerly worked in the historic industries, particularly sawmills, but also perhaps also the local charcoal-making industry. Another extension of the "Sense of Place..." programming derived from suggestions made during discussion sessions after programs during the past two years, indicating a desire for permanent interpretive signage to continue to educate townspeople and visitors about historic sites in Leverett.

      MOTION, moved by Eva Gibavic, seconded by Anne Schuyler: "Moved that "A Sense of Where You Are" industrial heritage programming grant proposal be submitted to the CPC on 12/1/21 as per the draft submitted to LHC by Pleun Bouricius, including "embodied history" oral history interviews with living craftsmen who worked in these industries and the inauguration of an interpretive historic signage program.".

      Pass: Aye: Ann Tweedy, Eva Gibavic, Susan Mareneck, Anne Schuyler, Sara Robinson, Susan Lynton. Not Present: Edie Field.

    • LHS Collection Inventory - UPDATE - Moore's Corner Schoolhouse and Field Family Museum collections of the Leverett Historical Society inventoried and digitized.

    • Slarrow Sawmill and other prominent historic properties - UPDATE - Select Board's ad hoc committee on question of accepting ownership of North Leverett (Slarrow - Kirley) Sawmill and Dam property. Discuss Historical Commission role in preserving town's historic properties. Most are privately owned. How can the Historical Commission take a pro-active stance to encourage preservation and sustainable adaptive re-use?

      General Discussion...
      Discussion regarding the submission of an application to the Community Preservation Commission for refurbishing two prominent historical properties: the former Field Library in Leverett Center and the Moores' Corner Schoolhouse in preparation for reuse to coincide with Leverett's 250th Anniversary celebration in 2024. This would be a separate request from the "Sense of Place..." programming continuation and expansion. A motion was made and accepted to proceed in submitting the proposed application on 12/1/21, with amendments to the wording as discussed. More work needs to be done, even after submission, to bring together the "alliance of stakeholders" and to secure additional bids to do the work at the two sites.

      MOTION, moved by Sara Robinson, seconded by Susan Lynton: "Moved that the LHC support the submission of an application to the Community Preservation Commission to research and plan with an alliance of stakeholders to refurbish significant historic properties in two of Leverett's villages in preparation for their rededication as contributing assets at the town's 250th Anniversary in 2024.".

      Pass: Aye: Ann Tweedy, Eva Gibavic, Susan Mareneck, Anne Schuyler, Sara Robinson, Susan Lynton. Not Present: Edie Field.

      Language to be amended as discussed.

      1. RevisedMOTION-11-30-21_as_per_12-13-21_mtg.docx - Amended language
  4. History-related Cultural Events

    • Leverett 250 - Planning for 250th year 2024 in Leverett. Fund-raising questions. Next meeting Sunday, October 17, 3pm Town Hall. Activity subcommittees are working. A budget draft is underway.

    • Schooling in Leverett - "10 to 1", One-Room Schoolhouse Oral History Project publication. Collaboration with Leverett Education Foundation to highlight Leverett Elementary School and education's historical importance in Leverett. Next steps?

    • Stone walls - Preserving stone walls in Leverett - "Mapping Leverett", a project for 250th that brings together neighbors to locate and restore Leverett's stone walls.

  5. Historical Commission Mission and Vision

    • Mission statement - Mission & Vision statement draft. In addition to identifying and evaluating sites, how does LHC mission sync with encouraging sustainable preservation of our historical assets? Sterling mission statement - https://www.sterling-ma.gov/sterling-historical-commission

  6. LHC Activities Timeline

    • LHC Activities Timeline - Timeline illustrates Mission & Vision - draft. At this juncture, 3 years from the 250th, what focus of LHC might be most effective?

  7. Cemeteries

    • Individual Cemetery Issues

    • Veterans Recognition Project - New resource listing Leverett veterans from the TH vault..

  8. LHC - Schedules/ Meetings/ Duties

    • LHC Membership - LHC Vacancy

    • Town website - Update history section on Town website -"Leverett History" on town website

  9. Special topics

    • Suggested topic - Suggested topic for future exploration - updating the Howe's Brothers photos now (30 years after last "update")?

  10. Review and document CPA-funded properties

    • Review template - Yearly observations and documentation of historic properties which have received preservation funding from the Community Preservation Act account.

  11. New Business

  12. Meeting Wrap-up

The listing of matters is those reasonably anticipated by the Chair which may be discussed at the meeting. Not all items listed may in fact be discussed and other items not listed may also be brought up for discussion to the extent permitted by law.

Minutes prepared by SM

Minutes approved on Tuesday, Jan 4, 2022

Posted to: Historical Commission