Poinsett County Judge proclaims Historic Preservation Week

Thursday, May 8, 2003

Poinsett County Judge Doyle Hillis is among 78 officials in 55 Arkansas counties who have declared May 5-12 as Historic Preservation Week, Arkansas Historic Preservation Program Director Ken Grunewald announced today.

"The theme of Historic Preservation Week 2003 is Preserving the Spirit of Place'," Grunewald said. "We hope all of the people of Arkansas will take time to reflect on the importance of their local historic sites, especially those listed on the National Register of Historic Places."

Judge Hillis's proclamation reads as follows:

"WHEREAS, historic preservation is an effective tool for managing growth, revitalizing neighborhoods, fostering local pride and maintaining community character while enhancing livability, and

"WHEREAS, historic preservation is relevant for communities across the nation, both urban and rural, and for Americans of all ages, all walks of life and all ethnic backgrounds; and

"WHEREAS, it is important to celebrate the role of history in our lives and the contributions made by dedicated individuals in helping to preserve the tangible aspects of the heritage that has shaped us as a people; and

"WHEREAS, "Preserving the Spirit of Place" is the theme for National Historic Preservation Week 2003, cosponsored by Poinsett County, the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, the Department of Arkansas Heritage and the National Trust for Historic Preservation

"NOW, THEREFORE, I, Doyle Hillis, do proclaim May 5-12, 2003, as National Historic Preservation Week, and call upon the people of Poinsett County to join their fellow citizens across the United States in recognizing and participating in this special observance."

The AHPP is the Department of Arkansas Heritage agency responsible for identifying, evaluating, registering and preserving cultural resources. Other agencies are the Arkansas Arts Council, the Delta Cultural Center, the Old State House Museum, the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission and the Historic Arkansas Museum.

Local sites on the National Historic Register

LEPANTO - Willie Lamb Post #26 American Legion Hut, 205 Alexander St., 1937-38 structure designed in simplified Neoclassical style, 01/08/03.

MARKED TREE - Marked Tree Lock and Siphons, on the St. Francis River, unique 1939 flood control project, 05/02/88.

RIVERVALE - River-vale Inverted Siphons, Hwy. 35, 1926 structure draining St. Francis and Little River basins, 03/22/91.

HARRISBURG - Modern News Building, 216 N. Main, home of Harrisburg Modem News newspaper from 1880-present, 06/18/76.

Poinsett County Courthouse, Court Square, 1917 Classical Revival design by Pine Bluff architect Mitchell Selligman, 11/03/89.

TRUMAN N - Poinsett Community Club, Main and Poinsett Sts., 1927 Craftsman-style public building, 10/09/86.

WHITEHALL - Bacon Hotel, SE of junction of Homestead Rd. and railroad tracks, 1912 Folk Victorian-style rooming house, 12/13/95.

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