We will probably be judged not by the monuments we build but by those we have destroyed.
Architecture Critic Ada Louise Huxtable
Welcome to the FORUM for Historic Harvard
The FORUM team welcomes you to its work-space. Here, you can learn more about the rich history of our town, and you can join us in our historic preservation work by adding to our conversation on our ‘BLOG’. (See NAVIGATION TABS at top of page.) We are fortunate to live in a town that has retained some of its traditional New England character; from our picturesque villages, to our farmsteads and landscapes and our many landmark buildings.
The role of the FORUM is to promote and advocate for the preservation and protection of the historic assets of the town including the Harvard Common, Shaker Village, Still River and the Devens historic areas. Whether you live in one of these areas or not, you will find our ‘Walks through our Historic Areas’ pages (coming soon) informative and enjoyable. Of these areas, some are Local Historic Districts, some are National Historic Districts and some are neither. If you would like to know where the Local Historic Districts are located, click the HISTORIC ASSETS / ‘DISTRICTS‘ to see the maps. You are welcome to browse other sections of our website including our ‘BLOG‘ by selecting the appropriate TAB shown at top of page.
The FORUM makes itself available as an ‘extra hand’ to the historic preservation organizations of the town including the Harvard Historical Commission and the Harvard Historical Society. But much of our work is done on our own initiative. We are also a historic preservation resource to property owners and historic property managers who are remodeling or maintaining their historic properties. The FORUM works to increase and improve the educational materials that are essential to the training of our Historical Commissioners and for the public education of the adults and children of our town. Finally, the FORUM serves as the vigilant ‘eye’ on our beloved historic municipal properties to identify negligence as well as opportunities for preservation. Visit our HISTORIC MUNICIPAL PROPERTIES page.
The FORUM works to help you understand the details of the histories of your historic property and to appreciate the relationship of that history to the history of our town. Examples are our ‘HISTORIC PLACES OF THE MONTH‘ program and the HHC Historic House Marker program. Check out the “HISTORIC HOUSE MARKER PROGRAM” and read about the Historic House Marker (shown above) that is officially sanctioned by the Historical Commission.
Read the details on this Historic Place. Photo courtesy Philip Wilson, Flintlock Farm.
Our projects typically begin with our planning discussions which you may read about right here on our FORUM for Historic Harvard website. To get a complete listing of all of our blog postings, click on the ‘BLOG POSTS LIST’ in our ‘QUICK LINKS‘ in the right sidebar.
Harvard has a rich history and a wonderful story to tell, and we welcome anyone who may be interested to help us tell these stories on our historical walks around town. Please visit our HARVARD HISTORY / ‘HISTORICAL WALKS‘ page. Beyond that, please consider joining us in our work.
To complete our FORUM on the Internet, we dedicate a page to ‘OUR PRESERVATIONISTS’. For those volunteers and dedicated preservationists who preceded us, we take time to acknowledge their work beginning in 1970 when the Town of Harvard Planning Board advocated for the formation of an Historic District Study Committee. This was followed with the town voting to enact a new Historic Districts Bylaw which formed the Historic Districts Commission and a year later, the Historical Commission.
A final note: please remember that the FORUM is wholly made up of volunteers, taxpayers of Harvard and your neighbors. We are here to serve the people of Harvard. So we hope to hear from you. Please leave us a note or question below in the ‘LEAVE A REPLY’ box.
J. R. T. Theriault, FORUM for Historic Harvard Team