The Southbridge Historical Commission was established on March 19th, 1973 in accordance with Article 50 at the annual town meeting. It is comprised of a 7-Member Board appointed by the Town Manager and confirmed by the Town Council.
Historical Commission Bylaws
3-210.2 Authority and Responsibility- The historical commission shall have such authority and responsibility as is provided to historical commissions under Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 40, Section 8D
The historical commission shall act for the preservation, promotion and development of the historical assets of the town.
The commission shall conduct research into places of historic value and shall seek to coordinate the activities of unofficial bodies organized for similar purposes.
The commission may acquire by gift, purchase or otherwise articles, artifacts, books, paintings and other materials of historic interest or value and shall provide a proper place for the storage and display of any such materials.
The commission may advertise, prepare, print and distribute books, maps, charts, plans and pamphlets which it deems necessary for its work.
For the purpose of protecting and preserving places of interest as it deems worthy, the commission may recommend to the town that such places be certified as an historical landmark.