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Historical Commission
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Chairman: 413.967.7223
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Board Members:
Term Expires June 30 of:
Lynn Caulfield Lak
Wanda Mysona
Vice Chairman
Kathleen Galford
Judi Mosso
Cindi Labombard
Tracy Opalinski
Martha Rohan
For information about the actual history of Ware, we recommend the book entitled History of Ware, Massachusetts, 1911-1960, by John Houghton Conkey (1961); Ware (Images of America) by Warren Bacon and Claudia Chicklas (1996); History of Ware, Massachusetts 1961 to the Present by the (2011) .  If you are researching geneology regarding Ware residents, please contact the Town Clerk's office at 413-967-9648, ext 177, for an appointment .

The Ware Historical Commission welcomes community input.  Feel free to contact our Chairman, Lynn Lak by phone or email; or drop by a meeting to share your ideas or voice any concerns.  Current projects include: ongoing fundraising for maintenance of the newly-restored Nenameseck Square fountain, replacement windows at Town Hall, repair of the Town Hall portico columns, and organizing and cataloging historic items and documents.  We are updating the inventory of historic places in town and continue to mark the historic districts in town. We currently have three historic districts:

        ~Church Street Historic District (Church Street between Park Avenue and Highland Street)
        ~Ware Center Historic District (Route 9 east and west of Greenwich Plains Road)
        ~Ware Millyard Historic District (roughly the area bounded by South Street, Ware Street, Ware River, Upper Dam Complex, Park Street, Otis Avenue and Church Street)

Other places on the State Register are:
        ~First Congregational Meeting House aka Ware Center Meeting House - 299 Belchertown Road
        ~Guild Block - 66-80 Main Street
        ~Kaplan Block - 85-91 Main Street
        ~Methodist Episcopal Church - 13 Church Street
        ~Otis Company Mill #1 - East Main Street
        ~Otis Company Worker Housing - 6-28 Otis Avenue
        ~Robinson-Hitchcock Block - 112-114 Main Street
        ~Unitarian Church - Main Street
        ~Ware-Hardwick Covered Bridge - Old Gilbertville Road/Bridge Street
        ~Ware Town Hall - 126 Main Street

You can purchase a copy of the Register here:

The Ware Historical Commission meets on the fourth Monday of every month except May (third Monday), July and December (no meeting). We meet in the Selectmen’s Meeting Room in the Town Hall at 7:00 p.m. unless otherwise posted. Please check with the Town Clerk's office for up-to-date meeting dates, official agendas and venue.

Role of the Ware Historical Commission:
The Ware Historical Commission is the town's agency responsible for identifying, evaluating and protecting the historic, architectural and archaeological assets within the town. The Historical Commission maintains a link to the Massachusetts Historical Commission, which in turn is linked to the National Park Service and the United States Department of the Interior.


Town of Ware
126 Main Street, Ware, MA 01082
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