Historical Commissions are agents of local government. Their most important goal is the preservation of the community's historic places. The purpose of a local historical commission is to work toward this goal by planning for and implementing programs for the identification, evaluation and protection of the community's historic resources.
Sherborn Historical Commission works in cooperation with other town agencies to insure that the goals of historic preservation are considered in planning for future development of the community. The Commission works with the Board of Selectmen, Planning Board, Historic District Commission and other town agencies. Sherborn Historical Commission also works with local groups whose interests involve history or historical preservation, such as Sherborn Historical Society. Finally it is the local historical commission's mandate to be the local municipal watchdog for state and federal preservation agencies, alerting them to local preservation issues.