Historical Commission

Contact:  Diane Provenz & Gail Gelburd
Address: One North Main Road, PO Box 237, Otis, MA 01253
Phone: (413) 269-0100
Email: otishistoricalcommission@gmail.com
Meetings: First Tuesday of each month at 10:30 AM
Additional LinksMembersInfoAgendasMinutes

Otis Preservation Trust Website

History of Berkshire County
Historical Documents
MA Cultural Resource Info System

Related Organizations

Government Organizations

Massachusetts Historical Commission
“…the Massachusetts Historical Commission (MHC) was established by the legislature in 1963 to identify, evaluate, and protect important historical and archaeological assets of the Commonwealth..”

National Park Service Technical Preservation Services
“Technical Preservation Services develops historic preservation standards and guidance on preserving and rehabilitating historic buildings, administers the Federal Historic Preservation Tax Incentives Program for rehabilitating historic buildings, and sets the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties.

National Register of Historic Places
“The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the Nation’s historic places worthy of preservation. Authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Park Service’s National Register of Historic Places is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect America’s historic and archeological resources.”

Other Organizations

Historic New England
“Historic New England is the oldest, largest, and most comprehensive regional heritage organization in the nation. It was founded in 1910 to preserve and present the cultural and architectural heritage of New England, from historic properties to humble necessities, from art and artifacts to gardens and furniture.”

National Trust for Historic Preservation
“The National Trust for Historic Preservation protects significant places representing our diverse cultural experience by taking direct action and inspiring broad public support.”

Preservation Massachusetts
“Founded in 1985, Preservation Massachusetts is the statewide non-profit organization that actively promotes the preservation of historic buildings and landscapes as a positive force for economic development and the retention of community character.”

June 30, 2022
Judith MabeeJune 30, 2022
Celeste WatmanJune 30, 2023
Gail GelburdJune 30, 2023
Diane ProvenzJune 30, 2024
Thomas RagusaAlternate MemberJune 30, 2022
Cynthia Flint-RagusaAlternate MemberJune 30, 2022
The Town of Otis Historical Commission is dedicated to the preservation of historic buildings, landmarks, trails, cemeteries, and Indian burial grounds. We assist people who are searching for their ancestral information. We also will assist people trying to receive grants from the MA Historical Commission, along with how to get on the National Register of Historic Places.

Marks the Knox Trail – “Ye Trodden path”

65 Miles to Albany Milestone!  Photographs by Cynthia Flint-Ragusa