Activities planned for Preservation Month

Activities planned for Preservation Month The Clay County Historic Preservation Commission (CCHPC) is proud to announce that the month of May has been declared as National Historic Preservation and Archaeology Month by the U.S. Dept. of Interior.

Preservation Month was created by the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 1971 to spotlight preservation efforts throughout the nation. The Clay County Historic Preservation Commission has several activities planned in observation of Preservation and Archaeology Month.

The commission seeks nominations for historic preservation awards in five categories: Urban Residential, Rural Residential, Commercial, Agricultural, and Miscellaneous/ Other. Additional awards are available for Preservationist of the Year, and Preservation Organization of the Year.

Nomination forms can be obtained at the Vermillion Public Library or Austin-Whittemore House and submitted to the Clay County Historic Preservation Commission c/o The Austin-Whittemore House, 15 Austin Avenue, Vermillion, SD 57069, (605) 624-8266. The deadline for submitting a nomination is April 15. Awards will be presented to category winners during May, in observation of National Historic Preservation and Archaeology Month.

With an increased emphasis on archaeology this year, the commission is inviting Dr. Larry Bradley, USD Anthropology and Archaeology, to do a presentation on "Reconstructing the Wreck of the Steamboat North Alabama." The public is invited to attend this event, currently scheduled for the second week of May at a place yet to be determined.

The public is also invited to attend a workshop on "Applying for Preservation Grants" to be given by Phyllis Packard, a Clay County Historic Preservation Commissioner. Packard recently was awarded a Deadwood Grant by the S.D. State Historical Society to preserve the commercial building at 11 Center St.

Packard's workshop is currently scheduled to be given at 2 E. Main during Historic Preservation Month. This is an opportunity for everyone interested in preservation to learn a little more about how to apply for preservation grants, 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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