Public invited to tour of downtown Vermillion national historic site

Public invited to tour of downtown Vermillion national historic site The Clay County Historic Preservation Commission (CCHPC) has several activities planned in observation of Preservation Week 2003, which takes place May 5-12.

Preservation Week was created by the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 1971 to spotlight preservation efforts throughout the nation.

The CCHPC has received nominations for historic preservation awards in the following categories: urban residential, commercial, agricultural, miscellaneous/other, preservationist of the year, and preservation organization of the year. Historic preservation awards are an opportunity to acknowledge contributions of individuals and organizations to historic preservation efforts in Clay County.

It is anticipated that awards will be announced later this month.

The CCHPC sponsored a training session for Vermillion area realtors on historic preservation issues that they face in the community. The training session was held on May 6, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in the meeting room at the Vermillion Public Library.

The public is invited to attend a walking tour of the Vermillion Downtown Historic District which was recently given the distinction of being placed on the National Register of Historic Places. The tour is being held on Sunday, May 18 at 1:30 p.m. and will begin at the Clay County Courthouse, 211 W. Main St. The tour will be led by Jennifer Jones.

This is an opportunity for everyone to learn a little more about the history of some of the downtown properties, preservation efforts, and the significance of being designated on the National Register of Historic Places. This event is free and open to the public.

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