What is the difference between the Town Historian and the Historical Society?

The Town Historian is authorized by the town to oversee the local historic districts, create new districts and advise the Planning & Zoning Commission on issues related to historic properties. The Historical Society of the Town of Bethany is a private not-for-profit organization that collects and preserves the cultural heritage and ongoing history of Bethany. They do have historic preservation programs, but they are not a Town agency.