Historical Commission

"It has been said, at its best, preservation engages the past in a conversation with the present over a mutual concern for the future."

- William J. Murtagh, Keeping Time: The History and Theory of Preservation in America (New York: Sterling Publishing Co., Inc., 1988), p. 168.


Mission Statement:

In accordance with Massachusetts State Law Chapter 40 Section 8D, the Swampscott Historical Commission identifies, protects and preserves the historical heritage and resources of the Town of Swampscott. 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 Swampscott's historical heritage; educate 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 alteration, destruction, or relocation of historical assets in accordance with Swampscott General Bylaw, Article IX, Section 14, the Preservation of Historically Significant Buildings.


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Three-Year (3) Term.  7 Members, 2 Associates.