The Hingham 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 "certified" status through the Massachusetts Historical Commission, which in turn is linked to the National Park Service and the United States Department of the Interior.
The Historical Commission provides the following services:
Administers the Preservation Projects Fund, a fund established to assist carrying out projects and programs important for preserving the historic character of the town.
Maintains the inventory of the town's historic assets, which currently includes information on over 1,500 properties. Updates are made to the inventory throughout the year as more historical properties are researched and additional information is added to properties currently listed.
Administers specific statutes that protect historic properties, such as the demolition delay By-law, and also gives advice through a variety of environmental review processes, particularly the Federal Section 106 historic review process and the Massachusetts Historical Commission State Register program.