Historical Commission

What We Do:

We live in a unique and historic town – it's places, structures, people and stories tell the history of New England in a microcosm.

Our mission is to identify, preserve and protect Marblehead's historical assets – it's places, artifacts and stories, while making these accessible to all. We want to educate the public about and publicize Marblehead's proud history.  We also want to work with other organizations to help achieve our mission.  Finally, we fulfill our legally required obligations per Mass. General Laws Chapter 40, Section 8d by working with the state Historical Commission and State Archeologist. 

The Marblehead Historical Commission was established in 1964.  The Commission consists of a seven-member board that is appointed by the Board of Selectmen for staggered three-year terms.

Commission's Website

When We Meet:

The Historical Commission meets on the second floor of Abbot Hall, generally on the third or fourth Wednesday of each month, except in December. The Historical Commission staff is available by appointment or chance to assist researchers on the history of Marblehead or Marbleheaders.

E-mail the Historical Commission.

Staff Contacts

Name Title
Peter Stacey Collections Manager


P. Chris Johnston


Eleanor Rhoades


Harry C. Christensen, Jr.


William E. Conly


Pam Peterson


Peter Stacey


Edward Nilsson


David Krathwohl


Gail Gray

Associate Commissioner

C. Pat Franklin

Associate Commissioner