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Geographers and sociologists speak of the “POWER OF PLACE” as that quality of certain places that attract us and then shape what we become, individually and collectively.
Harvard’s Power of Place was first derived from its natural wealth: its elevation, vistas, five rolling hills, a Great Pond, a river, water power, rich soils, terrain not easy to develop and a strategic location. ‘Power of Place’ can be further enriched or diminished by its caretakers.
John Prescott was drawn in 1668 and was inspired to stay and be the first to build in present-day Harvard…
As did settlers Ralph Houghton, Major Simon Willard and others who built their garrisons and influenced Harvard’s geography…
As did the Alcotts, Emerson, Thoreau, Sears, the Shakers, the Warrens and others who influenced our culture…
As did Colonel Bromfield, Luther Farwell, Warren Hapgood, Edward Houghton and the Hildreth’s who added agriculture, orchards, mining, manufacturing, engineering and education…
And as did Elvira Scorgie, Winifred Sturdy, Rodney Eaton, the Harris’, the Cases and others who taught us historic preservation.
Will we be as talented? Will we be as generous?
J.R.Theriault, Aug 2015
In collaboration with the National Alliance of Preservation Commissions, this month we are focusing on No-No #10. (If you’re curious to see the rest of the ‘Top Ten List of Historical Commission No-No’s’, click on title above):
Number Two. Arbitrary Decisions
Making decisions that might be perceived as arbitrary. Using language that makes it appear as if a decision is based on personal opinion, rather than the guidelines, is one of the most common and damaging things a Commission member can do. Stating “I don’t like that,” or “it doesn’t work for me” leaves the applicant and public with the impression that the Commission’s decisions are a matter of taste. Always relate your statements to specific provisions of your Bylaws or guidelines.
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BE READY FOR OUR NEXT MEETING:
- MEETING AGENDA January 6th, 2016 (Agenda may be revised until it is published by the Town Clerk 3 days prior to the meeting.)
- MEETING MINUTES NOVEMBER 4, 2015 (Review the minutes to identify need for corrections.)
- ACTION ITEM LIST
- APPLICATIONS STATUS
- HHC POLICIES & PROCEDURES VOL 1 OFFICIAL revision 4a UPDATED! For December, please review para 3.2.4 pps 12-13
- HHC P&P VOL 2 OFFICIAL revision V3.3
- HHC DESIGN GUIDELINES OFFICIAL revision 2a UPDATED! For December, please review pps 8-9 and ‘Certificate Process’, pps 9-11.
- ‘CRITERIA FOR DETERMINATION’ the paper
- CRITERIA FOR DETERMINATION (Reference) REVISED!
- GUIDELINE FOR COMMISSION ADVOCATE REVISED!
- APPLICABILITY AND SUBSTANTIALITY REVISED!
- HHC PRESERVATION PLAN DRAFT VERSION Basic
- OPEN MEETING LAW GUIDE Version 8.1.13
New Website Material
- “OUR PRESERVATIONISTS”: An important part of historic preservation is recognizing, acknowledging and rewarding exceptional efforts in historic preservation. This new page attempts to do this. This is perhaps a warm-up of our launching a Preservation Award in this new fiscal year. DECISION: Need improvements?
- New Harvard GIS HISTORIC PRESERVATION DATA Layer Specifications Our new HarvardGIS Historic Preservation Data layer is on the horizon! Very soon, we will be able to get on HarvardGIS, click on our HPD layer and see our new maps along with the individual properties which have been designated on the National and State Registers or protected with Preservation Restrictions. To gain an appreciation for this new technology, we will spent time at our next meeting to access HarvardGIS and explore its capabilities. DECISION: Is the specification complete and correct?
- BRIEFING TO BOS ON HHC STRATEGY Sep 8 2015
- HHC CPC Funding Requests for FY2017
- HHC – CPC POLICY COLLABORATION
- CPA Funds: Excerpts from MGL and the Town of Harvard bylaw
- CAPITAL MAINTENANCE: Tool to Project Needs
- MPSC: HARVARD HISTORIC AND CULTURAL RESOURCES WORKING PAPER
- Add Bromfield, Hildreth Houses to Historic District
- Powder House Project
- Preservation of the Hildreth House-CONDITION ASSESSMENT AND PRESERVATION
- HOW TO APPLY NATIONAL REGISTER CRITERIA FOR EVALUATION
- HOW-TO on conducting PUBLIC HEARING for Historical Commissions
- Department of the Interior Standards for Rehabilitation
- Department of the Interior Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties
- PRESERVATION THROUGH BYLAWS AND ORDINANCES (MHC)
- DEMOLITION BY NEGLECT, by National Trust for Historic Preservation
- Live in a historic district and plan to work on your house?
- FREEDOM’S WAY: Harvard Reconnaissance Report: Landscape Inventory, 2006
- HHC: Local Register of Historic Places by Date
- MHC: Effects of Designating a Property for the Register
- MHC: Historic Properties Survey Manual, 1995 Revision
- MHC: PROGRAM AND STAFF RESOURCE LIST
- PRESERVATION MASSACHUSETTS: Questions on Funding, Preservation Advice and Assistance