- Department of Conservation & Recreation
Troy Wall, Press Secretary
BOSTON — Today, in recognition of National Preservation Month, the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) announced it will be showcasing cultural sites throughout the Commonwealth’s state parks system during the month of May. Additionally, this year marks the 125th anniversary of the DCR’s acquisition (then as the Metropolitan Parks Commission) of the Waverley Oaks in the Town of Belmont, which became Beaver Brook Reservation in 1893. During Preservation Month, the DCR has designed specific programs celebrating the agency’s 125 years of stewardship by highlighting the Department’s efforts to preserve the Commonwealth’s rich history.
“For 125 years the Department of Conservation and Recreation and its predecessor agencies have worked diligently to preserve some of the state’s and nation’s most historic landmarks to ensure future generations will have the opportunity to enjoy them,” said DCR Commissioner Leo Roy. “I can’t think of a better way to celebrate National Preservation Month than by visiting some these important landmarks contained within the Massachusetts state parks system.”
Throughout the month of May, visitors can take part in both group programs that are being offered by the DCR or visit historic properties across the state on self-guided tours to learn more about Massachusetts’ legacy of conservation efforts. Some of the programming opportunities include open houses to locations such as the Dorothy Quincy Homestead in the City of Quincy, specially designed walks that highlight historically significant contributions like those made by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s in the Town of Templeton, and tours of historic properties including Mount Greylock’s Massachusetts Veterans War Memorial Tower in the Town of Lanesborough.
The DCR’s core mission is to protect, promote, and enhance the state’s natural, cultural, and recreational resources for the well-being of all. As a major preservation organization, the agency protects thousands of years of history within the state parks system, from Native American sites to designed gardens. These properties exhibit centuries of human ingenuity in adapting the Commonwealth’s land for everyday life. Through programming, capital investments, and careful stewardship and park management, the DCR is promoting National Preservation Month as a time to acknowledge the Commonwealth’s shared history and to celebrate DCR’s 125 years of work to preserve the past.
For more information regarding DCR’s Preservation Month programming, including locations and events, please visit the agency’s webpage. Additionally, please share your Preservation Month experiences on social media: @MassDCR, #DCRpresmo, #preservationmonth, #ThisPlaceMatters, and #DCR125years.