Appointment Authority: Members appointed by the Board of Selectmen to three-year terms.
Description of Duties: Town Meeting established the Stow Historical Commission by accepting Chapter 40: Section 8D of the General Laws, for the preservation, protection, and development of Stow’s historical and archeological assets.
As described in MGL C.40, s.8d, a local historical commission conducts research for places of historic or archeological value. To protect and preserve such places, it may make recommendations that any such place be certified as an historical or archeological landmark.
To further the commission’s program, it may hold hearings, contract for services, cooperate with local or regional associations, sign agreements, and perform any and all acts which may be necessary or desirable to carry out its purpose.
Local historical commissions may, in the name of the town, accept gifts, contributions, and bequests of funds and may acquire and manage real or personal property of significant historical value.
(Updated April 10, 2010)