Celebrate Community History During National Historic Preservation Month

For immediate release April 20, 2006



Contact: Jeff Morgan, Jeff.Morgan@iowa.gov, (515) 281-3858

DES MOINES – A day-long symposium of historic preservation topics and award presentations will highlight National Historic Preservation Month in May.

Celebrate Community History day is 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, May 8 at the State Historical Building, 600 E. Locust Street in the heart of Des Moines’ Historic East Village. Created in 1995 with the 10-year anniversary of the Certified Local Government Program, this annual event recognizes Iowa’s varied and important historic properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2005 and a variety of awards presentations and workshops.

“We’re pleased to recognize and celebrate the historic preservation efforts being made every year throughout Iowa,” said Anita Walker, director of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs. “The preservation of our historic assets not only reminds us of our past, they keep our heritage alive for future generations of Iowans to study, research and enjoy.”

During the day-long event, awards will be presented in the following categories: Federal and Iowa Tax Credit, 2005 National Register of Historic Places, Iowa Historic Preservation Alliance’s Preservation at its Best, National History Day Kids Count!, Benjamin F. Shambaugh and Loren Horten Community History.

Afternoon workshops include “Care and Feeding of Your Historic Property,” “Department of Cultural Affairs Grant Programs,” “Historic Rehabilitation Tax Projects,” “Iowa Great Places,” and “Get to Know More About the Silos and Smokestacks National Heritage Area.”

Registration is $15 per person, due April 28 by calling Lavon Grimes at 515-281-8743. Registrations made after April 28 or at the door are $30 per person. Each registration includes lunch and one workshop. The event is sponsored by the State Historical Society of Iowa and the Iowa Historic Preservation Alliance. Please visit www.iowahistory.org for more information.


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