Preserving Historic Melrose, a consortium of local preservation groups, will sponsor a training workshop on a "Cultural Resource Inventory" on Monday, October 21, 7:30 pm at the Beebe Estate, 235 W. Foster Street.
The workshop will begin with an explanation of how the inventory relates to the programs of the Massachusetts and Melrose Historical Commissions, a review of the inventory forms, and the sources of information needed to complete these forms.
The workshop will be conducted by Ed Gordon, a popular and frequent lecturer on residential architectural styles. He is President of the New England Chapter of the Victorian Society of America and very active in the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities.
Preserving Historic Melrose is seeking to attract and train volunteers who are interested in researching and inventorying their own homes and possibly other buildings in Melrose. Skills sought include map drawing, black and white photography, researching titles at the Registry of Deeds, architectural description writing, leadership skills for captaining an inventory district, organizational and administrative and secretarial skills to put together the inventories, and most importantly enthusiasm.
The inventory will be a listing and authoritative description of the historical resources of Melrose as mandated by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for communities seeking state funding. It will also help identify candidates for the National Register of Historic Places as well as local Historic Districts.
"Cultural Resources" include most of the older residences of Melrose as well as burial grounds, monuments, landscapes, and many of the commercial and public buildings. The survey and inventory are the keystones to the Melrose Historic Registry Inventory Project, which was the beneficiary of the "Secret Gems of Melrose" house tour held this past June.