Nantucket Historical Commission

Mission

The Nantucket Historical Commission serves the public by protecting the National Historic Landmark of Nantucket.  Nantucket’s period of historical significance ranges from the Settlement Period, beginning in 1659, up to and including the preservation-oriented, revivalist development of the “Beinecke period” ending in 1975.  Historic assets include not only the structures erected from 1659 – 1975 but also the setting and context of these structures, the American and Native American artifacts, and the island’s special visual quality, as expressed in the natural and built environment.

The NHC advises the Select Board on matters of preservation, and works with Nantucket’s Preservation Planner, Planning Director, and other municipal agencies. It creates plans and guidelines for historic preservation, directs surveys of buildings and lands of archaeological and historic significance, and advocates through the Select Board on issues of historic preservation. 

The NHC complements the local Historic District Commission, which is Nantucket’s regulatory architectural review board.  It also liaises with the Massachusetts Historical Commission and local preservation and conservation non-profits.

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.

Most Recent Agenda (PDF) | View All Agendas and Minutes

2020 Meeting Schedule (PDF)

Members

Hillary Hedges Rayport, Chair
Term Expires: 2022

Angus MacLeod
Term Expires: 2021

Thomas Murray Montgomery
Term Expires: 2021

Georgia U. Raysman
Term Expires: 2020

Milton Rowland
Term Expires: 2021

David Silver
Term Expires: 2020

Clement Durkes
Term Expires: 2022

Alternate Members

VACANT
Term Expires: 2020

Don DeMichele
Term Expires: 2021

Ben Normand
Term Expires: 2022

Useful Information

This page was last updated on July 29, 2020.