About May Preservation Month

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 assets. 

All events are open to the public, ADA accessible, and free.

Jane's Walk (Part of May Preservation Month)

Theme for this year’s annual event celebrating Jane Jacobs, a world-renowned urban activist, is “Somerville’s Winter Hill and Gilman Square: Past, Present and Future.” Co-sponsored with the Gilman Square and Winter Hill Neighborhood Associations, this neighbor-led tour will start atop Winter Hill (425 Broadway), and meander downward to end at Gi

Researching the History of Your House and Your Family (Part of May Preservation Month)

A talk will be given by 3 key resources -- Preservation Planner Kristi Chase, and Kevin O’Kelly, Reference Librarian for the SPL. Find out how each place can help you research the history of your house and family through a mini tour of genealogy resources at the Somerville Library and beyond, as well as some tips for getting started.

Historic Preservation Awards Ceremony (Part of May Preservation Month)

A reception, with light refreshments, will be followed by the 24th annual ceremony to honor 8 Somerville owners for their award-winning preservation work on the exterior of their properties. Properties include both historically designated homes as well as older buildings in the City.