Massachusetts Historical Commission's Programs & Services

Preservation Planning

Preservation Planning Divison

Since its inception in 1963, MHC has worked closely with local preservation groups. The majority of the communities in the Commonwealth now benefit from preservation programs. The Preservation Planning staff is responsible for assisting and encouraging local groups to become strong advocates for historic preservation planning.

Technical Services

Technical Services Division

The Technical Services Division staff provide a wide range of technical preservation assistance to public agencies, communities, and the public.


Grants Division

Economic incentives for historic preservation and rehabilitation serve to stimulate research and preserve our historic properties. The MHC administers a federal grants-in-aid program for survey and planning projects as well as a state matching grant program for restoration, rehabilitation, and research of properties listed in the State Register. When funds are available, reimbursement grants are awarded annually through a competitive application process.

The National Register of Historic Places

The National Register of Historic Places

United States Department of the Interior National Park Service. The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the American cultural resources worthy of preservation.

On the Road Program for Local Communities

On the Road Program for Local Communities

The "On the Road" program is designed to assist Local Historical Commissions and Local Historic District Commissions. MHC's Director of Local Government Programs is available to visit communities, discuss local historic preservation issues, and offer ways to resolve problems.

Massachusetts Cultural Resource Informational System

Search MACRIS Database

The Massachusetts Cultural Resource Information System (MACRIS) allows you to search the Massachusetts Historical Commission database for information on historic properties and areas in the Commonwealth.