Historical Commission

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Next 2 meetings:

  • Mon, May 13 at 7:00 PM -- Online only: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86125147556
  • Mon, Jun 10 at 7:00 PM -- Town Hall & online: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/85720560676?pwd=bThuajB1LzFWTG9ndU51WUhGZks1QT09

Members

8 of 8 seats. 2 years each seat.

  • Ann Tweedy. 2024.
  • Eva Gibavic. 2024.
  • Anne Schuyler. 2025.
  • Sara Robinson. 2025.
  • Susan Lynton. 2025.
  • Susan Mareneck, Chair. 2024.
  • Edie Field, Honorary.
  • Carole Desanti, Member. October, 2024.

Watch a Sense of Where You Are Videos on our YouTube Channel:
Leverett Historical Commission YouTube Channel

 

 

 

 

Mission Statement

 

In accordance with Massachusetts State Law* the Leverett Historical Commission’s mandate is to identify, protect, preserve and develop the material evidence of  Leverett’s historical assets.  

 

These assets encompass the entire historic and cultural landscape: our architectural, aesthetic, agricultural, cultural, economic, political and social history; and the unique heritage of Leverett. This may include geological and archeological sites and artifacts, the architectural or built environment; and social, cultural, and industrial practices. Protection and preservation of our historic inventory, which includes indigenous sites, as Leverett is located on or near the ancestral lands of the Pocumtuck, Nonotuck, and Nipmuc people.

The activities of the Historical Commission include, but are not limited to the following:

 

  1. To identify, research and inventory historical assets   
  2. To evaluate and advise on restoration, preservation, rehabilitation and reuse of historic assets
  3. To educate, engage, and promote knowledge of Leverett historical assets through interpretive programs, documentation, and community outreach   
  4. To develop and assist in preservation planning, partnering with other town committees, organizations and private residents  
  5. To be an active participant in town planning processes and to advise town boards, committees, departments, and administration in matters relating to historic preservation, including any proposed alteration, destruction, or relocation of historical assets.
  6. To review, recommend, and regulate as authorized in current bylaws, or to propose new bylaws.
  7. To facilitate access to historical public records   
  8. To explore funding and grant opportunities in support of the above  

It is the Historic Commissions belief that the distinct character of Leverett today is shaped by its past; that our history helps inform Leverett’s identity and can provide a guide to it’s future.

*The Leverett Historical Commission was created by act of Town Meeting in 1973 under the authority of Massachusetts General Laws, Part I, Title VII, Chapter 40, section 8D

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Jenn Doherty, Massachusetts Historical Commission,

Local Government Program Coordinator 

Presentation to Leverett on

"Secretary of the Interior Standards for Restoration, Preservation, Reconstruction and Rehabilitation"*

(Link to Video Presentation)

* Standards required for any project using Community Preservation Act funding 

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A SENSE OF WHERE YOU ARE SERIES
Finding and Interpreting Leverett's Industrial Heritage in the Landscape

 

 

December 1st 2022:  Virtual Visit to Leverett's Charcoal Kiln and Charcoal Industry

Watch the recording here: Recording of the Presentation
 

 

 

 

This virtual visit to the Charcoal Kiln happened on December 1, 2022.

 

A video of the April zoom visit
to the Graves' Ironworks
on the Sawmill River in North Leverett 
can be viewed at
 Click Here

 

 

A video of the October zoom visit

to the Slarrow Sawmill on North Leverett Road

can be viewed at

Click Here.

 

Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

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Volunteers cleared Leverett's historic town pound landmark this summer!

Link to a Youtube 3D video is: https://youtu.be/5hDRPg21gO0Town Pound_2021


 


Read the report on findings from the 2017-18 Historical Assets Survey -

https://leverett.ma.us/files/Leverett_HAS_Final_Report_--_corrected_version_1.pdf

 

 

 

 


Charcoal Kiln (coke kilns)

Read a report about the Leverett Family Museum

The Historical Commission, with grants from Mass Humanities (Research Inventory Grant), Community Preservation Commisstion, and Boston Public Library, is proud to release the first of many volumes of records from the Town of Leverett vault. Please feel free to browse.

Previous meetings:

Additional Info
Calendar of Events
Tue, Apr 23, 2024, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Leverett Safety Complex meeting room
Posted to: Planning Board
Select Board -- POSTED
Tue, Apr 23, 2024, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Town Hall/remote
Posted to: Select Board
Board of Assessors -- SCHEDULED
Wed, Apr 24, 2024, 11:00 am - 11:30 am
Town Hall
Posted to: Board of Assessors
Finance Committee -- SCHEDULED
Wed, Apr 24, 2024, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Town Hall
Posted to: Finance Committee
Council on Aging -- SCHEDULED
Fri, Apr 26, 2024, 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Town Hall downstairs
Posted to: Council on Aging
Annual Town Meeting -- SCHEDULED
Sat, Apr 27, 2024, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Leverett Elementary School Gym
Posted to: Select Board
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Materials for the meeting
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