May is National Preservation Month

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Residents in Campbellsville will join thousands of individuals across the country to celebrate National Preservation Month this May. "See! Save! Celebrate!" is the 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 grassroots 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.

Because of 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 an even longer opportunity to celebrate the diverse and unique heritage of our country's cities and states and enable more Americans to become involved in the growing preservation movement.

When residents reinvest in older and historic buildings, live in a historic home or even become a member of the National Trust for Historic Preservation or a local preservation organization, they support a more sustainable world.

Campbellsville Renaissance/Historic Preservation Commission will celebrate National Preservation Month by:

• Posting signs in storefront windows downtown announcing "Celebrate National Preservation Month."

• Placing a photograph with the history of the building in storefront windows.

• Selling the 2012 Campbellsville Renaissance/Historic Preservation Commission Cookbook for $15 at Purcell's Business Products, Tucker Diamonds and Gold, Chandler's Office Supply and Cozy Comforts and at Market Off Main on April 19.

• Producing a series of news stories about selected historic buildings that will be featured in the News-Journal during the month of May. The stories will be published beginning May 6 and continue each Monday throughout the month.

The Campbellsville Renaissance/Historic Preservation Commission meets the First Tuesday of each month at noon at Campbellsville Development Center located at 107 W. Broadway to discuss preservation related projects, funding and activities.

Its mission is to improve the image of downtown Campbellsville as well as to help, encourage, promote and support its economic structure through organization, promotions, design and economic restructuring.

For more information, contact Downtown Development Coordinator Donna Logsdon at 465-9636 or donna@teamtaylorcounty.com.