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Statewide Preservation Organizations

New England State Historic Preservation Offices

Every New England state has a designated state agency or office that is responsible for administering federal and state historic preservation programs, the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO). Staff at each SHPO consist of the State Historic Preservation Officer and various professionals, most either trained in related historic preservation fields (architectural history, archaeology, archives, history, planning) or graduates of historic preservation programs. Every SHPO is responsible for preparing and implementing a statewide historic preservation plan, identifying and nominating historic properties to the National Register of Historic Places, maintaining architectural survey or inventory databases, providing public education and technical assistance, working with local governments to develop local preservation programs, and advising and assisting federal agencies, state agencies and local governments with historic preservation issues, including issues relating to environmental review, licenses or permits. SHPOs also administer state historic preservation grant monies, federal and/or state rehabilitation tax programs, and may have many other related responsibilities depending on state government structure.


Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism
Historic Preservation and Museum Division
1 Constitution Plaza, 2nd floor
Hartford, Conn. 06103
Phone: 860-256-2800
Fax: 860-256-2811

Karen Senich, Executive Director and State Historic Preservation Officer
David Bahlman, Historic Preservation and Museum Division Director and Deputy SHPO


Maine Historic Preservation Commission
55 Capitol Street
65 State House Station
Augusta, Maine 04333
Phone: 207-287-2132
Fax: 207-287-2335

Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr., State Historic Preservation Officer
Kirk F. Mohney, Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer


Massachusetts Historical Commission
220 Morrissey Boulevard
Boston, Mass. 02125
Phone: 617-727-8470
Fax: 617-727-5128

Brona Simon, State Historic Preservation Officer

New Hampshire

New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources
19 Pillsbury Street, 2nd Floor
Concord, N.H. 03301-3570
Phone: 603-271-3483
Fax: 603-271-3433

Elizabeth H. Muzzey, State Historic Preservation Officer & Director
Linda Ray Wilson Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer

Rhode Island

Rhode Island Historic Preservation & Heritage Commission
Old State House
150 Benefit Street
Providence, R.I. 02903
Phone: 401-222-2678
Fax: 401-222-2968

Edward F. Sanderson, Executive Director and Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer


Vermont Division for Historic Preservation
1 National Life Drive
Davis Building, Sixth Floor
Montpelier, Vt. 05620
Phone: 802-828-3540
Fax: 802-828-3206 (fax)

Laura Trieschmann, State Historic Preservation Officer

New England Statewide Preservation Non-Profit Organizations

Every New England state also has a statewide, non-profit advocacy organization dedicated to historic preservation.  These organizations function as advocates for monitoring, promoting, and coordinating historic preservation efforts at the state level and work closely with their respective State Historic Preservation Offices (SHPO) and local communities.

Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation
940 Whitney Avenue
Hamden, Conn.  06517-4002

Maine Preservation
500 Congress Street
Portland, Maine  04101

Preservation Massachusetts
Old City Hall
45 School Street
Boston, Mass.  02108-3204

New Hampshire Preservation Alliance
7 Eagle Square
P.O. Box 268
Concord, N.H. 03302-0268

Preserve Rhode Island
957 North Main Street
Providence, R.I. 02904

The Preservation Trust of Vermont
104 Church Street
Burlington, Vt.  05401-4291


Statewide Preservation Organizations