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.
Co-sponsored with Union Square Main Streets and Remnant Brewing. Documentary (92 min.) is kick-off for “Jane’s Walk” on Sun. Highlights why Jane Jacobs is so widely acclaimed for her visionary activism, enabling residents to successfully challenge a major highway project through NYC in the 60’s, and more.
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
Walking Tour: "East Somerville's Tucked Away Architectural Treasures" (Part of May Preservation Month)
America, will lead a lively walking tour of historic buildings and landscapes already undergoing changes. Co-sponsored with East Somerville Main Streets. Meet at Mudflats, 81 Broadway. End at Holiday Inn, an enduring hospitality venue offering complimentary refreshments. Rain or shine!
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.
Scavenger hunt will use manhole covers identified by local artist, plus other urban artifacts, to explore Somerville history and what makes our city tick. Designed for youth and their families. Start and ending points TBD.
Barbara Mangum, Objects Conservator and President of the Somerville Museum, Dressed in period clothing will highlight the work her firm recently completed with the City’s Community Preservation Act (CPA) funds. Many markers and the Civil War Monument were repaired, cleaned and reset in this compact burial ground.
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.