n early October I left Historic Massachusettsto accept a newly created position in theBoston Parks and Recreation Department.I will serve as the city’s Director of Historic Parks.While it is very difficult to leave Historic Massa-chusetts, this is an extraordinary opportunity tohelp shape and protect the historic landscapes of my hometown.The past six years have been incredible. I amhonored to have been involved in preservation ata time when preservationists in Massachusettsmade tremendous strides toward making protec-tion of historic assets a fundamental element of economic development projects, environmentalprotection efforts, and broad-based planning strat-egies. We have gathered to train wonderful vol-unteers from local Historical and Historic Dis-trict Commissions and opened those trainingworkshops to planners, transportation engineersand consultants. We have passed the Commu-nity Preservation Act, giving communities whoadopt the Act a way to set up a dedicated fundfor historic preservation. We have changed theSchool Building Assistance Program to providemore state funds for school renovations than fornew construction; in doing so Massachusetts hasbecome a model for the nation. We have workedwith the Franklin County Regional Housing Au-thority to restore the Crocker Bank Building inTurners Falls National Register Historic District.This developed into the Authority’s first combinedhistoric preservation/affordable housing tax creditproject, as they went on to restore the CutleryBlock worker housing in the same district.Above all else, the greatest pleasure has beenworking with the people of preservation. I aminspired by your joy in the historic resources of the Commonwealth, your pleasure in the resto-ration of community landmarks, and your un-flagging optimism and commitment in the faceof threats to historic resources. I will carry yourenergy and dedication with me always.Many thanks,Margaret Dyson
Dear Friends of Historic Massachusetts Inc.,
he Board of Directors congratulatesMargaret Dyson as she moves to hernew job with the Boston Parks andRecreation Department. Margaret will be join-ing Justine Liff, Park Commissioner, in the ParksDepartment’s ongoing efforts to protectOlmsted’s great legacy to Boston, the EmeraldNecklace. We want to thank Margaret for herwork as an advocate for historic preservation, asa tireless voice on Beacon Hill, and as a bridgebuilder to environmental and housing advocacygroups. These partnerships, along with her work on the Community Preservation Act, serve as themarks of her tenure at Historic Massachusetts.Historic Massachusetts is at an exciting cross-roads as we continue our efforts to bring the fif-teen-year-old organization into the new century.Since last January, the Board and Staff are ac-tively involved in a Strategic Plan for our futureand in October voted some of the first steps to-wards that plan. Historic Massachusetts remainscommitted to its core mission as the non-profitprivate partner of the Massachusetts HistoricCommission and other preservation organiza-tions throughout the Commonwealth.As we search for a new executive director, weare grateful for the active participation of all theboard officers: Otile McManus, Sam Knight, andClaudia Wu. Claudia Wu will continue as headof the ongoing strategic plan. Past PresidentMarcia Molay has graciously offered to help uswith this year’s dinner. Kathryn Coggeshall, Pro-gram Manager, will be heading the office duringthis interim time, and Sarah DiSano, an internfrom the Boston University Preservation Pro-gram, will be assisting her.Please feel free to contact me at HMI or atmy office during the next couple of months.Best regards,Clarissa Rowe
Board of Directors, Chair Brown and Rowe, Landscape Architects and Planners
Messages from theBoard of DirectorsChair, Clarissa Roweand Margaret Dyson.
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