The Western Massachusetts Historical Commission Coalition

The Western MA Historical Commission Coalition (WMHCC), organized in 2014, meets 2-3 times each year and offers opportunities for members of local historical commissions, and other historic preservation advocates, to network with colleagues and explore current challenges and successes in the field. Meeting locations are rotated within western MA.  The WMHCC Steering Committee includes representatives from the Franklin Regional Council of Governments, Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, Berkshire Regional Planning Commission, Massachusetts Historical Commission and Preservation Massachusetts.

2021 WMHCC Meetings

The WMHCC is continuing to meet and host presentations virtually during 2021.

For questions and more information, please contact Stacia Caplanson at

March 18, 2021

An Introduction to MACRIS Maps:

A great presentation about an amazing tool for local preservationists, commission members, advocates, etc. Many thanks to the Massachusetts Historical Commission for the informative walk through and helpful hints on how to use MACRIS Maps. This was a joint presentation between the Western and Central MA Historic Commissions Coalitions. 

WMHCC Presentation Archive

Click on the folder icon below to view the presentations and materials available on Dropbox. Each meeting folder includes presentation topics, including windows, cemetery preservation, moving buildings and more. 


All presentations are available with the permission of their presenter. 


Please do not copy or distribute without contact Preservation Massachusetts. 

June 9, 2020 - WMHCC - Local Preservation Success Stories

Be inspired with stories and insight from those who have done the work and seen the results that local preservation projects and initiatives can have for our communities.