The Whately Historical Commission is appointed by the Select Board to oversee the preservation, protection and development of the historical or archeological assets of the town.
The Commission works with state and regional planning organizations to identify the town’s historically significant areas and structures and to recommend methods for preserving them. It helps maintain the inventory of Whately’s historically significant neighborhoods, landscapes and structures which is on file with the Massachusetts Historical Commission and may be viewed at their MACRIS website. It also reviews historical preservation and rehabilitation projects which seek Community Preservation Act funding and has a representative on the Community Preservation Committee.
The Commission presents recognition certificates to outstanding preservation projects in Whately and is always happy to receive nominations for these certificates.
The Whately Historical Society is an independent, volunteer-managed 501(c)(3) organization, separate from the Town of Whately.
The WHS maintains a substantial collection of Whately artifacts and historical materials and is housed in Whately's historic Town Hall.
Their website is http://www.whatelyhistorical.org/