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Commission declares May 2016 as "National Preservation Month"

Post Date: 
Fri, 04/22/2016 - 11:30am

Office of the County Commission
National Preservation Month May 2016 for Douglas County, Kansas

WHEREAS, historic preservation is an effective tool for economic development, sustainable development, tourism promotion, community revitalization, fostering local pride and maintaining community character while enhancing livability; and

WHEREAS, historic preservation is relevant for communities across the nation, both urban and rural, and for Americans of all ages, all walks of life and all ethnic backgrounds; and

WHEREAS, it is important to celebrate the role of history in our lives and the contributions made by dedicated individuals in helping to preserve the tangible aspects of the heritage that have shaped us as a people; and
WHEREAS, Douglas County Kansas, has recognized the importance of cultural resources protection by establishing the Heritage Conservation Council and the Natural and Cultural Heritage Grant program;

WHEREAS, the Heritage Conservation Council of Douglas County and Lawrence Preservation Alliance will present two preservation programs for local and regional citizens during the month of May:

On Saturday, May 14th we will conduct a public walking tour of the area near 11th and Massachusetts Street entitled a WALKABOUTLAWENCE that will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the Watkins Museum. The tour will include the J.B. Watkins Building, the historic Douglas County Courthouse, a stroll through South Park to the Band Stand and fountain, the business block across from the courthouse along Massachusetts Street, and will wind around the corner to observe the Art Moderne style and history of the Lawrence Community Building beginning with its origin as the Lawrence Armory. We invite the public to come out and get walking and talking about our rich local history that is demonstrated in the buildings and places we work to preserve for future generations.

On Thursday, May 19th we will present a preservation workshop on How to Write a National Register Nomination. Guest presenter, Amanda Loughlin, National Register Coordinator for the State of Kansas, will provide insights into how to research and complete the nomination forms. The workshop may be of interest to those who own historic homes or business buildings or those who have interest in having a church or historic site placed on the state or national register. (Buildings on the state or national register may be eligible for state tax credits.) The session is free and will be held at the Cider Gallery in Lawrence.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of County Commissioners of Douglas County, Kansas, hereby proclaim the May 2016 as “NATIONAL PRESERVATION MONTH” in Douglas County.
ADOPTED this 20th of April, 2016.