Sterling Historical Commission

Mission Statement

We are looking for more dedicated and caring members with an interest in preserving our history and increasing the awareness of our long and important past. Please apply the Municipal Building.


In accordance with Massachusetts State Law, the Sterling Historical Commission identifies, protects and preserves the historical tangible evidence of the architectural, aesthetic, agricultural, cultural, economic, political and social history and unique heritage of Sterling, Massachusetts.

To accomplish this mission, the Commission shall perform, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Identify, compile, and maintain an inventory of the town's historic assets according to the Massachusetts Historical Commission's guidelines;
  • Identify resources for nomination to the National Register of Historic Places;
  • Encourage community awareness of and promote interest in Sterling historical heritage; educate community about preservation issues and how preservation can positively impact the town's economic development and property values;
  • Advise Town boards, committees, departments, and administration in all matters relating to historic preservation, including any proposed alteration, destruction, or relocation of historical assets;
  • Encouraging renovation and adaptive reuse as alternatives to demolitions of historic properties;
  • Advocates for local ordinances, bylaws, and public actions that encourage the thoughtful, preservation-minded planning and development in keeping with the character and history of Sterling;
  • Be an active participant in the town planning process.

Board Members

Name Title
Catherine Harragian Chair (06/30/2019)
David Gibbs Member (06/30/2021)
Robert McKay Jones Member (06/30/2020)
James French Member (06/30/2020)
Vernon Gaw Member (06/30/2020)
Lindsey VanGieson Member (06/30/2020)