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. Department 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 2005, which takes place throughout May.

With an increased emphasis on archaeology this year, the commission is having Dr. Larry Bradley, USD Anthropology and Archaeology, do a presentation on Reconstructing the Wreck of the Steamboat North Alabama.

With the recent drought in the Missouri River Basin, Dr. Bradley has had the rare opportunity to examine and do research on the wreckage of the steamboat. The public is invited to attend this event, scheduled Tuesday, May 10, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the W.H. Over Museum. Refreshments will be served after the presentation.

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, and along with state officials from the Historic Preservation Office.

Packard recently had the distinction of being awarded a Deadwood Grant by the S.D. State Historical Society to preserve the commercial building at 11 Center Street. The workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, May 18, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Main Street Gallery (2 East Main).

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.

The CCHPC will be presenting its annual Historic Preservation Awards on May 31, at the conclusion of Preservation and Archaeology Month. Awards will be given out for preservation efforts in the categories of Urban Residential, Commercial, Miscellaneous/Other, Preservationist of the Year, and Preservation Organization of the Year.

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