Historical Commission

The Maynard Historical Commission’s mission is to preserve, protect and develop the historic and archaeological assets of the community; ensure that the goals of historic preservation are considered in the planning and future development of the community.

Learn more about our responsibilities and roles within town government


Commission Meetings

The Commission typically meets third Tuesday of every month starting at 7:00 in the Trustees Room of the Maynard Public Library.  This is not a “regular” schedule so please check the meeting calendar to confirm our next meeting.

Historical Commission Meeting Minutes and Agendas


News and Updates

glenwood-fenceThe Maynard Historical Commission and the Town of Maynard recently completed the Glenwood Cemetery Perimeter Iron Fence project.  This historic replica fence was almost 20 years in the making and was funded by a grant from the Community Preservation Act as well as funds from the town’s perpetual care fund.  The original fence was erected in the 1930s as a Works Project Administration (WPA) project.  Glenwood Cemetery is listed on the National Register of Historical Places.

Other News

  • May 20, 2016 – The Maynard Historical Commission would like to thank everyone who attended our first public hearing on the proposed Demolition Delay Bylaw.  We deeply appreciate your feedback, support, and questions.  Our next hearing currently scheduled for June 23rd.  See below for more information on the proposed bylaw.
  • Mar 26, 2013 – The Maynard Historical Commission is pleased to announce the Historical House Plaque Program for residences in Maynard.   Learn more.
  • Mar 27, 2013 – The Maynard Historical Commission is pleased to announce the availability of the historical “Walk Maynard” tours.  Visit our web page and try out the five walking tours that highlight the history of the town.

MHC Projects


Contacting the Commission

You can send an email to the chair of the Historical Commission at: histcom@townofmaynard.net


Joining the Commission

The Historical Commission is actively seeking Associate Members.  We have an active set of project, particularly with the upcoming Sesquicentennial, and would encourage anyone who has an interest in local history to consider joining the Commission as an Associate Member.  Associate Members participate in Commission meetings and hearings, contribute to Commission projects, and can be elected as a temporary voting member to fill in for an absent Commissioner.



Jack MacKeenChair
Lee Caras Vice-Chair
David GriffinClerk
Ellen Duggan *
Ken Neuhauser
Priscilla Sandberg Alternate Member
Peg BrownAlternate Member
Paul BoothroydAlternate Member

* Ellen Duggan is the Commission’s representative on the Community Preservation Committee.


Proposed Demolition Delay Bylaw

maynard-house-145mainThe Historical Commission is planning to bring a Demolition Delay Bylaw to Town Meeting (Fall 2016) for approval by the town. The bylaw is proposed to be enacted for the purpose of preserving and protecting significant buildings or other structures within the Town of Maynard which constitute or reflect distinctive features of the architectural, cultural, economic, political or social history of the Town and to limit the detrimental effect of demolition of such buildings on the character and value of real property resources of the Town.

Through this Bylaw, owners of Preferably Preserved buildings are encouraged to seek out alternative options that will preserve, rehabilitate or restore such buildings and residents of the Town are alerted to impending demolitions of significant buildings. By preserving and protecting significant buildings, this Bylaw promotes the public welfare by making the Town a more attractive and desirable place in which to live and work.

Download the current version of the proposed bylaw.  (Approved by the Historical Commission on 21-Jan-2016).

The Commission is currently planning a series of education events and a public hearing on the bylaw.  Residents are encouraged to review the bylaw and submit comments to the Commission chair at: histcom@townofmaynard.net or attend a future Commission meeting.

  • Public Hearing #1 – Thursday, May 19th at 7pm, Maynard Public Library
  • Public Hearing #2 – Thursday, June 23rd at 7pm, Maynard Public Library

You can also download the slides presented at our public hearings.


Historic Preservation Guide

historic-preservation-guide-cover-2016This comprehensive guide to Historic Preservation is available to residents, business owners, developers and town officials.  It covers historic preservation practices at the national, state and local level and provides resources and success stories for approaching preservation projects.

The guide was authored by Haley Fritz in collaboration with the Maynard Historical Commission and Bill Nemser, Town Planner.  The guide was part of a Gold Award Project under the auspices of the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts.

Guide contents:

  1. What is Historic Preservation
  2. National Preservation
  3. State Preservation
  4. Local Preservation
  5. Sample Building Assessment
  6. Public Relations in Historic Preservation
  7. Private Development and Historic Preservation
  8. Historic Preservation for Homeowners
  9. Additional Resources
  10. Preservation Success Stories

Download a copy of the Historic Preservation Guide