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

November 4, 2021

Introduction to Historic Preservation Planning for Small Towns

Jennifer Doherty, Local Government Programs Coordinator for the Massachusetts Historical Commission, will present an overview of Historic Preservation Planning, focusing on how identification is key, but tailored to best practices for smaller towns with budget and staffing challenges. Case studies from Chesterfield, Lenox and Leverett rounded out the presentation, recorded on Zoom. This meeting was hosted by the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission. Individual presentations are in the WMHCC Presentation Archive. 

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. 

See more WMHCC presentations on our
YouTube Channel.