May Preservation Month in Somerville

On May 6, 2013, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times


Throughout the month of May, the Somerville Historic Preservation Commission (SHPC)  partners with other local organizations to host events honoring Somerville’s history and historic districts. All events are open to the public and free unless otherwise noted.

Saturday, May 11, 10am-3pm. Workshop on “Repairing Versus Replacing Your Old Windows,”
led by David Liberty, founder of a long-standing Boston business, Takes place at
the Somerville Museum at One Westwood Road, at the corner of Central St. Hands-on
demonstration of work on an actual window removed from the Museum. Limited to 15, giving
individual attention to attendees. $50 per person, with proceeds benefitting the Somerville Museum
Building Fund.

Sunday, May 12, 2-5pm. The 12th Annual Historic Bike Tour “Industrial Somerville, Past and
Present” is co-sponsored with the Somerville Bike Committee. This year’s theme will take us from
one end of the City to the other, learning about Somerville’s industrial growth and evolution. The
guided ride, escorted by the Somerville Police, is designed for all ages and riding levels, and
includes a couple of rest stops and a tour of the soon to open Brooklyn Boulders site. Starts at City
Hall at 2:00 pm and ends at the Somerville Museum around 4:30pm, for light refreshments. $3.00
donation appreciated. Ride will be dedicated to Somerville resident and police officer, Sean
Collier, who was fatally wounded as a result of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.

Sunday, May 19, 2-4:30pm. Walking Tour of East Somerville: “New Insights into its Rich
Architecture and Historical Figures.” Edward Gordon, President of the New England Chapter of
the Victorian Society of America, will lead a lively and informative tour of one of the oldest and
architecturally diverse sections of Somerville, this time with a focus on pre-Civil War buildings and
architectural features. Sponsored in collaboration with East Somerville Main Streets, the walk begins
at the Sullivan Square transit station, and concludes with appetizers at a local eatery. Rain or shine.

Thursday, May 23, 6:30-9pm. Historic Preservation Awards Ceremony. A reception, with
light refreshments, will be followed by a ceremony to honor 11 Somerville owners for their
award-winning preservation work on the exterior of their properties. The properties include
both historically designated homes and older buildings in the City. SHS students will present
their original drawings of each property to the owners. The event takes place in the historically
unique space within the Somerville Armory at 191 Highland Avenue.


Sunday, May 26: Memorial Day Parade – join the Historic Somerville contingent! For more
information contact Rain or shine.

Wednesday, May 29, 7-8:30pm. A talk “Researching the History of Your House and Your
Family,” will be given by Kristi Chase, Preservation Planner for the SHPC. Find out how the
Somerville Library can help you research the histories of your house and family. Mini tour of
genealogy resources at the library and beyond, as well as tips for getting started. Somerville
Central Library, 79 Highland Avenue.
For more information, contact SHPC Executive Director Brandon Wilson at 617-625-6600 x2532
or via or visit for
updates and photos.


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