Historical Commission Meeting

Monday, August 2, 2021, 7:00 pm until 8:30 pm
Online only: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86125147556
A meeting of the Historical Commission

Meeting of Historical Commission

Members: (No Quorum)

  • Present: Ann Tweedy, at 7:00 PM
  • Present: Susan Mareneck, Chair, at 7:00 PM
  • Present: Edie Field, Honorary, at 7:00 PM

Also Present:

  • No quorum. Discussed inventory project and possible "10 to 1" event at Moores' Corner Schoolhouse
  • then adjourned. Agenda will be addressed at September meeting.

See original Agenda Approved Meeting Minutes

Meeting opened: 7:00 PM

Meeting closed: 7:30 PM

  1. Meeting Preliminaries

    • Meeting Opened / Attendance Taken (see above).

    • No minutes to approve.

  2. Review and document CPA-funded properties

    • In-person meeting - Observations and documentation of historic properties which have received preservation funding from the Community Preservation Act account.

  3. 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.

  4. Historical Commission Mission and Vision

    • Mission statement - Mission & Vision statement draft (see Agenda item #4). In addition to identifying and evaluating sites, how does LHC mission sync with encouraging sustainable preservation of our historical assets?

  5. 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?

  6. 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." Finishing up 2021 with Chestnut Hill Mill and investigation into a signage program ("Town Pound" test case?)? Outline for 2022 programs? Is a focus on sustainable re-use for prominent historic buildings in village centers desirable?

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

      General Discussion...
      Engaged with UMASS Public History program to find students who will assist in the inventory of LHS collections. Equipment purchase logistics are being worked out.

    • Slarrow Sawmill and other prominent historic properties - UPDATE - 250th goal to work with the Historical Commission, Planning Board, etc. to plan for sustainable preservation of historic buildings in the village centers. (Ad hoc committees forming on options for historic properties in two village centers). 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?

  7. History-related Cultural Events

    • Leverett 250 - Planning for 250th year 2024 in Leverett. Fund-raising questions. Next meeting Sunday, July 18, 3pm Library (raindate 7/25). (Judith Inglese received Cultural Council grant and will proceed.)

    • 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?

      General Discussion...
      Possible to hold event to present "10 to 1" at the Moore's Corner Schoolhouse?

    • 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.

  8. Cemeteries

    • Individual Cemetery Issues

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

  9. CPA - Reconnaissance

    • Reporting - Template for monitoring CPA funded properties. Protocols for Historic Preservation Restrictions TBD. Town Hall HPR? When to tour sites - July meeting?

  10. Old Business

  11. LHC - Schedules/ Meetings/ Duties

    • LHC Membership - LHC Vacancy

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

  12. Special topics

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

  13. New Business

  14. Meeting Wrap-up

    • Next Meetings:
      1. Mon, Sep 13, at 7:00 PM "Historical Commission Meeting" -- Online only: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86125147556
      2. Mon, Oct 18, at 7:00 PM "Historical Commission Meeting" -- Online only: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86125147556
      3. Mon, Nov 8, at 7:00 PM "Historical Commission Meeting" -- Online only: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86125147556
      4. Mon, Nov 22, at 7:00 PM "Re-scheduled Historical Commission meeting" -- Online only: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86125147556
      5. Tue, Nov 30, at 7:00 PM "Historical Commission meeting" -- Online only: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86125147556
      6. Mon, Dec 13, at 7:00 PM "Historical Commission meeting" -- Online only: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86125147556
    • Published! Meeting Closed at 7:30 PM.

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, Oct 12, 2021

Posted to: Historical Commission