Volunteers needed for historic building survey

Volunteers needed for historic building survey Have you ever wondered about the history of the oldest buildings in the Vermillion area? The Clay County Historic Preservation Commission is looking for volunteers to help survey historic buildings in the area this fall.

Vermillion area history and architecture buffs are invited to polish their investigative skills and contribute to historic preservation efforts this fall at a free training session to be offered at The University of South Dakota in Vermillion.

Participants will learn about the architectural history of South Dakota and how to research, document, and photograph historic buildings in preparation for a historic survey project that will begin this fall. Training and survey manuals will be provided by professional historic preservation officers at no cost to participants. However, each participant will be asked to survey at least one historic building this fall, a task that will take two to five hours.

Interested citizens should contact Tom Reasoner at 677-5341 to reserve a place in the Sept. 28 training session as space is limited.

The Clay County Historic Preservation Commission is appointed by the Clay County Commission and charged with working to preserve historically significant buildings and sites within the county. It is funded by National Park Service grants and through the state of South Dakota. Current projects include the establishment of a Downtown Vermillion Historic District, the completion of historic surveys for older buildings throughout Clay County and the establishment of a Historic Preservation Plan that reflects the county's unique heritage.

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