Preserve America News |October
Learn About Historic Communities and Tourism at the National Trust Conference Preserve America Affiliate Session
we celebrate the 10th anniversary of Preserve America this year, we’re
offering a forum on “Historic Communities and Tourism: How Do We Connect
the Dots?” in conjunction with the National Preservation Conference in
Indianapolis, Ind. This affiliate session is listed in the conference
program and will take place Oct. 30, from 1-3 p.m. in the Edison North
meeting room of the downtown Indianapolis Crowne Plaza Hotel.
Representatives of Preserve America Communities as well as other
historic communities and their partners
are invited to participate. While registration for the entire National
Preservation Conference is encouraged, it is not required to attend this
hear speakers talk about their communities’ or region’s preservation
and heritage tourism accomplishments, and how they are gauging the
economic and other successes of their efforts. Case studies from the
historic Irvington neighborhood of Indianapolis, the historic National
Road corridor in Indiana, the Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area in
Illinois and Kentucky’s bourbon belt region will focus on partnerships,
collaboration and the potential for further development of U.S. heritage
tourism. The topic will be explored in the context of the National
Travel and Tourism Strategy, which focuses on easing overseas visitor
entry, sharing our special places and creating and sustaining
jobs. The forum will include time for questions and discussion.
would love to see and exchange ideas with participants from Preserve
America Communities, Certified Local Governments and Main Street
Communities, heritage areas and scenic byways, gateway communities to
National Parks and other significant public resources, as well as
communities named by the National Trust to the annual Dozen Distinctive
Destinations list. The forum also welcomes others working with these
communities, including state and tribal preservation officials,
statewide and regional heritage organizations, convention and visitor
bureaus and tourism offices.
We encourage those interested in attending the forum to register by e-mailing us your name; title; organization/agency; Preserve America involvement (if applicable); e-mail address and phone number.
Whether or not you’re able to let us know ahead of time, however, we hope you can join us in Indianapolis!
Preserve America Community Oak Park, Ill.
New Preserve America Stewards Designations
Lady Michelle Obama has signed designation letters for two new Preserve
America Stewards: the Amache Preservation Society in Colorado and the
Friends of Mount Hope Cemetery in New York. This brings the total
nationwide to 40. Read more.
Apply for designation.
Ceremony at Amache, Granada, Colo.
First Lady Designates Three Preserve America Communities
Lady Michelle Obama designated three new Preserve America Communities:
Cincinnati, Ohio; Placerville, Calif.; and Kendall County, Texas. Read more here.
Apply for designation. The next deadline is Dec. 1.
Historic Union Station, Cincinnati, Ohio
Preservation of African American Historic Places Benefits Nation’s Communities
national experts discussed how historic preservation tools can assist
economic, educational and cultural renewal in the nation’s communities
at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation annual conference on Sept.
19. The panel included ACHP Vice Chairman Clement A. Price and was
titled “Preserving African American Historic Places: Breathing New Life
into Our Communities.”
Read about this informative session.
National History Teacher of the Year Named
Szymanski, a 4th/5th grade teacher from the Red Clay Consolidated
School District in Wilmington, Del., is this year's National History
Teacher of the Year. The ceremony took place in New York City Oct.
21. Preserve America has been a partner in honoring exceptional history
teachers for the full 10 years of the award's existence. Read more about this exciting award.
Preserve America Forum Provides ACHP Members Opportunity to Explore Program’s Future Direction
years after the initiative’s launch, four panelists representing
different facets of the Preserve America program discussed the current
state and future direction of the program with ACHP members at a forum
The invited guest panelists, who made presentations and then responded
to questions and explored the program’s operation with members, were
Mayor Salvatore Panto, Jr. of Easton, Penn.; Robert Billington of the
Blackstone River Valley Tourism Council, Rhode Island; Kathleen
Kilpatrick, Virginia State Historic Preservation Officer; and Cheryl
Oliver of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
The forum resulted from the ACHP’s desire to offer an opportunity for
several local, regional and national Preserve America program
participants and beneficiaries from various parts of the country to
share some of their experiences. Collectively, the panelists provided
the ACHP members, staff and audience with an excellent understanding of
the reach and benefits of the program. This will assist the ACHP to
begin an examination of the future of the Preserve America program
within the current Administration’s priorities and examine how to best
utilize its components as part of the commemoration of the 50th
anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act in 2016. Read more.
Lancaster County Forum on Historic Preservation
Office of Preservation Initiatives Director Ron Anzalone was the
featured keynote speaker Sept. 19 at the first Historic Preservation
Forum for Municipal Officials in Lancaster County, Penn. Sponsored by
the Lancaster County Preservation Trust, the forum included elected
officials and other representatives from 22 of the municipal
jurisdictions in the county, including the city of Lancaster, six
borough governments, and 15 townships. Staff and board members from the
nonprofit Lancaster County Preservation Trust, the Central Pennsylvania
community assistance representative from the Pennsylvania Bureau of
Historic Preservation (SHPO), the staff director of the Lancaster County
Planning Commission, and the retired Historic Preservation Specialist
for the Planning Commission were also in attendance. There were
lively discussions of economic and design issues as they relate to local
efforts with preservation, including various examples of major
development and heritage tourism-related projects, as well as ongoing
historic property inventory, and local creation, review and enforcement
of zoning and demolition ordinances under the Pennsylvania Municipal
Planning Code. Officials noted several significant issues related to the
retention and protection of agricultural lands and historic farms that
make up a large portion of Lancaster County townships, as well as the
difficulty of enforcing historic preservation requirements
with absentee property owners in area historic districts.
County, the city of Lancaster, and the Borough of Columbia are
designated Preserve America Communities. Several of the
jurisdictions are also Certified Local Governments or Main Street
Communities. The Lancaster area has long been known for its
outstanding historic resources, its cultural landscapes and its
associated Amish and Mennonite traditions, its barns and other
agricultural structures, and its extensive network of rural byways and
covered bridges. Read a summary of the forum from the
newspaper or see photos of the forum.
Historic games in Lancaster County.
Publicize Your Event!
some extra exposure for an event you are hosting? The National Trust
for Historic Preservation’s new and improved Calendar of Events welcomes
listings of festivals, tours, lectures and exhibits at historic sites
or in historic communities. Fill out the form on the page linked here, and your event will be live on the calendar within 48 hours.
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Section 106 Courses and Webinars Available
is open for Section 106 courses in Indianapolis, Ind., in October and
online courses throughout the fall. Sign up now to receive training
taught by preservation experts on a variety of topics you'll need in
Section 106 Advanced course
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