Historical Commission

Type:Ad Hoc
Legal Reference:Select Board Goals
Appointing Authority:Select Board
Number of Voting Members:Seven (7)
Term of Appointment:Three (3) years, staggered terms
Special Municipal Employee:Yes
Staff Support:

Year Appointed
Term Expiration
Rose Doherty, Chair
June 2023
Laura Dorfman, Vice Chair
June 2022
Dylan Attia, Clerk
June 2022
Gloria Greis
June 2024
Richard Hardy
June 2022
Jeffrey Heller
June 2024
Donald Lankiewicz
June 2022


Meetings are scheduled as required.

General Purpose

The Historical Commission was created to ensure the preservation, protection, and development of the historical assets that are the visible evidence of the Town of Needham's history. The commission conducts research to identify places of historic or archeological value, and seeks to coordinate the activities of unofficial bodies organized for similar purposes. The commission communicates with the Select Board about recommendations as to the whether an asset should be certified as an historical or archeological landmark.

The functions of the Historical Commission include:

  • Assisting residents in obtaining historical information about the town
  • Reviewing proposed demolition projects in accordance with the demolition delay by-law (2.11.5)
  • Working with the town in the evaluation of the future use of historic buildings

Inventory of Historic Houses in Needham (PDF)

For more information, contact the Office of the Town Manager.