Preservation Resources

The Historical Commission has identified the following Internet links to useful preservation resources. We welcome recommendations of other preservation sites for inclusion on this list.

  • The Weston Historical Society is a wealth of information for anyone with an interest in Weston's history. On its website, one can find collections, back issues of its Bulletin, and timelines of Weston’s history. 
  • The National Park Service maintains an excellent website with information on preservation resources, tax credits for preservation, and links to historic buildings and landscapes. Especially useful are the Technical Preservation Services section and Preservation Briefs, providing how-to information on almost every aspect of historic building preservation. 
  • Historic New England provides information for homeowners on available preservation programs and maintains an extensive knowledge base with additional preservation resources.
  • The Massachusetts Historical Commission offers information on preservation programs and activities, recent state National Register Listings, the differing characteristics of local historical and national register districts, and historic places that are available for functions.
  • The mission of the National Trust for Historic Preservation is all about enriching lives by saving our past. Its website lists a number of useful preservation books and manuals for homeowners, in addition to a calendar of programs and descriptions of house museums.

Preservation Briefs

The National Park Service provides extensive guidance on preserving, rehabilitating and restoring historic buildings. With 50 online publications, the purpose is to help historic building owners recognize and resolve common problems prior to work. The briefs are especially useful to Historic Preservation Tax Incentives Program applicants because they recommend methods and approaches for rehabilitating historic buildings that are consistent with their historic character.

From preserving slate roofs and wood porches to making old windows new and historic homes more energy efficient, there is a lot to gain from this valuable resource.

Visit the National Park Service website to find the Technical Preservation Service Preservation Briefs.