During May, Georgia preservationists will join in a nationwide celebration
of 2014 National Historic Preservation Month. “New Age of Preservation: Embark, Inspire, Engage” is the national theme of the month-long celebration sponsored by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Since the National Trust for Historic Preservation created Preservation Week in 1971 to spotlight grass-roots preservation efforts in America, it has grown into an annual celebration observed by small towns and big cities with events ranging from architectural and historic tours and award ceremonies, to fundraising events, educational programs and heritage travel opportunities. Due to its overwhelming popularity, in 2005, the National Trust for Historic Preservation extended the celebration to the entire month of May and declared it Preservation Month to provide a greater opportunity to celebrate the diverse and unique heritage of our country’s cities and states and enable Americans to become more involved in the preservation movement.
Georgia Preservation Month will be observed with activities hosted by The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation and the Historic Preservation Division (HPD) of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. In addition, dozens of communities across Georgia will offer local celebrations for community members through their local historical societies, Main Street Programs, and other local Preservation Non-Profit groups.
The Georgia Trust and Georgia Historic Preservation Division, will again, for the sixth year, host their Preservation Month Lecture Series on Thursdays in May (8, 22, and 29) at Rhodes Hall, 1516 Peachtree Street, Atlanta. Topics include the National Register of Historic Places, the Great Locomotive Chase in Georgia, Historic Preservation and Sustainability, and Moving the Historic Randolph Lucas House.
The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation is hosting several other events
including the 2014 Spring Ramble in Cartersville from May 16-18; an exclusive tour of the Randolph Lucas House in Atlanta on May 30; and a special preservation volunteer workday at Griffin City Hall on May 10, which was placed on the 2014 list of the Trust’s Places in Peril.
The Georgia Historic Preservation Division’s fifth annual photo contest is supported by the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation and this year focuses on “Historic Railroads of Georgia” for the online photo contest. Entries will be judged by a panel of experts based on creativity, choice of subject matter, and composition. Submitted photos must depict historic resources associated with the railroad industry in Georgia. This includes depots and other buildings as well as structures like bridges or tunnels. Entries are due by May 25.
Founded in 1973, the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation is one of the country’s largest state-wide, non-profit preservation organizations. The Trust is committed to preserving and enhancing Georgia’s communities and their diverse historic resources for the education and enjoyment of all. The Trust generates community revitalization by finding buyers for endangered properties acquired by its Revolving Fund and raises awareness of other endangered historic resources through an annual listing of Georgia’s 10 “Places in Peril.” The Trust helps revitalize downtowns by providing design and technical assistance in 102 Georgia Main Street cities; trains Georgia’s teachers in 63 Georgia school systems to engage students in discovering state and national history through their local historic resources; and advocates for funding, tax incentives and other laws aiding preservation efforts.
The Historic Preservation Division (HPD) of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources serves as Georgia’s state historic preservation office. Their mission is to promote the preservation and use of historic places for a better Georgia. HPD’s programs include archaeology protection and education, environmental review, grants, historic resource surveys, tax incentives, the National Register of Historic Places, community planning and technical assistance. The mission of the Department of Natural Resources is to sustain, enhance, protect and conserve Georgia’s natural, historic and cultural resources for present and future generations, while recognizing the importance of promoting the development of commerce and industry that utilize sound environmental practices.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation is a non-profit membership organization bringing people together to protect, enhance and enjoy the places that matter to them. By saving the places where great moments from history – and the important moments of everyday life – took place, the National Trust for Historic Preservation helps revitalize neighborhoods and communities, spark economic development and promote environmental sustainability. With headquarters in Washington, DC, nine regional and field offices, 29 historic sites, and partner organizations in all 50 states, the National Trust for Historic Preservation provides leadership, education, advocacy and resources to a national network of people, organizations and local communities committed to saving places, connecting us to our history and collectively shaping the future of America’s stories.