Historical Commission

In accordance with Massachusetts State Laws Chapter 40, Section 8D, the Somerset Historical Commission identifies, protects and preserves the historical heritage and resources of the Town of Somerset. To accomplish this mission, the Commission shall perform, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Identify, compile, and maintain an inventory of the town’s historic assets according to the Massachusetts Historical Commission’s guidelines;
  • Identify resources for nomination to the National Register of Historic Places;
  • Encourage community awareness of and promote interest in Somerset’s historical heritage; educate the community about preservation issues and how preservation can positively impact the town’s economic development and property values;
  • Advocate thoughtful, preservation-minded planning and development in keeping with the character and history of the town and be an active participant in the town planning process;
  • Advise and work with Town boards, committees, departments, and administration in all matters relating to historic preservation, including any proposed destruction of buildings over seventy-five years old, in accordance with the Somerset By-law entitled: “The Preservation of Historically Significant Buildings”, enacted at the Annual Town Meeting on May 17, 2004. 


Board Members

Name Title
James J O'Rourke, Jr. Chairman, Secretary
Sheila Weinberg Vice Chairperson
Anthony Kucikas Treasurer
Karen Doyle Member
Timothy Turner Member
Derek Richard Member
Holly Mcnamara Member