The Bourne Historical Commission, along with the Bourne Archives, is housed in the Jonathan Bourne Historical Center- a building named after the town's namesake. It is here that retired town records and other documentary resources about Bourne may be found. The Commission also disseminates the history of the town through a book publishing program and through assistance to the other historical groups in town. In addition to preserving town records and to its publishing program, the Historical Commission is engaged in a detailed inventory of sites in Bourne of historical significance - a program funded by a grant from the State Historical Commission.
The Jonathan Bourne Historical Center is a notable example of the skill of well-known architect Henry Vaughan. The 1896 building, originally built to be the Bourne town library, overlooks the Cape Cod Canal. It is a fine example of American Colonial (English Renaissance) style, featuring yellow tapestry brick and red slate roof construction along with large Palladian windows. A handsome stained-glass window depicting "St. Michael and the Dragon," by Clayton & Bell of London, England, graces the former reading room. The building is worth at least a drive-by look, if an interior visit is not possible.