In FY'13 the Community Preservation Committee and Town Council approved funding for a Historical Perservation Plan for the Town of Randolph. To view the Randolph Preservation Plan and Appendix final report, please click on the links listed below.
Randolph Historical Commission - Annual Report for 2012
2012 Was a busy year for your Historical Commission, with several accomplishments:
- Survey & Planning Grant – In December 2011, the Historical Commission was invited to submit a full application for a survey and planning grant for the development of a town-wide historic preservation plan as part of the Town's Master Plan to guide Town boards and commissions in their duties. The Commission was successful in making the Town one of eleven communities to get a Survey and Planning Grant to partially fund our project, with the balance coming from a successful application for a Community Preservation Grant from the Town.
- Randolph Historic Preservation Plan Project – Once the Commission secured the needed funds, they solicited proposals from across the region. Several companies responded, and after reviewing all the proposals, the Commission selected Eric Dray Associates of Provincetown, MA to research and develop a Historic Preservation Plan for the Town. Mr. Dray and his associates will work closely with Commission members and the Massachusetts Historical Commission, as well as the Town Planner to craft a plan that will help the Town to identify and manage its historic resources, and to develop a plan for preservation of significant buildings and other historic resources. In 2013, the contractor will be meeting with town departments and local residents in the development of the plan, and will make a final presentation of the report in May for acceptance by the Town
Council as part of the Master Plan.
- Historical Wayside Markers for Powers Farm – in the spring of 2012, the Town Planner requested the Commission's assistance in the development of historical wayside markers for the pathways at historic Powers Farm Park. The images, objects and captions were to be used by the company crafting the signs to guide them. Since the actual signs would not be ready in time for the opening of the Park on Memorial Day, the Commission crafted several temporary display boards for use on opening day. Today, the permanent markers are in place at the entrance to the park. The Historical Commission has also begun work on two additional markers; one for on the history of North Randolph to be placed at the intersection of North Main and Old St, and one on the railroad and the boot and shoe industry near the former grade crossing on Warren Street. These
signs will be installed sometime in 2013.
- Cataloging of Randolph's Civil War historical resources – In November, Commission member Lynn Feingold, assisted by Massasoit College student and Randolph resident Randi Marenburg, undertook the cataloging and organizing of the Town's Civil War era historical resources, including several manuscript volumes, six boxes of loose documents, and a box of letters belonging to the Randolph Historical Society. The collection of muskets and swords that came to the town by way of the Grand Army of the Republic at Stetson Hall have been cataloged and will be appraised for insurance purposes in early 2013.
- Friends of Randolph History – Commission member Lynn Feingold set up the Friends of Randolph History page on Facebook as a way for disseminating local historical information and notices of Randolph history and preservation events being offered by the Historical Commission, the Historical Society, the Turner Free Library, and the Randolph Women's Club. It is hoped that plans can be developed through the Friends for a “museum without walls” concept for presenting Randolph's rich history to a diverse audience.
The Commission regretfully accepted the resignation of D. Joseph Griffin in October. Joe had been on the Historical Commission for eighteen years, and also served as a member of Town Meeting, the Town Charter Committee, and the Stetson Hall Construction Committee, to name a few. We shall miss the experience and insights he contributed to our efforts, and wish him well in his retirement.
Randolph Historical Commission
Stetson Hall accepted for listing on the National Historic Register.