Help celebrate preservation week Preservation Week was created by the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 1971 to spotlight preservation efforts throughout the nation. The Clay County Historic Preservation Commission (CCHPC) is sponsoring two activities planned in observation of Preservation Week 2004 which takes place May 3-9, with a national theme of "New Frontiers in Preservation."
The CCHPC has received nominations for historic preservation awards in the following categories: urban residential, rural residential, and miscellaneous/other. 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 public is invited to attend a walking tour of Spirit Mound. The tour will begin at the Spirit Mound parking lot on Sunday, May 16 at 2 p.m. The tour will be led by Ron Thaden, former Clay County Extension agent, who currently works for the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish, & Parks.
This is an opportunity to learn about preservation and restoration efforts at the Spirit Mound site. Thaden will discuss the history of Lewis & Clark at the site, the many different types of prairie grasses that have been planted and occur naturally, and what is being done to maintain this site in its natural condition.
Contact Holly Straub (624-3049) for additional information on any of the activities described above.