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2014 Historic Preservation Month Activities

The historic Ashland Memorial Mausoleum at Mountain View Cemetery will be open for self-guided tours on Wednesday, May 21 from 8:30-4:00 PM. The cemetery and the Mausoleum are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Egyptian style building was constructed in 1924 on land purchased from the Ashland IOOF Lodge #45. Its interior includes a chapel, vestibule, and wings that project from the center; a large stained glass window in the chapel is the work of the Povey Brothers Company of Portland. Among those buried in the mausoleum are J. P. Dodge, Alice Applegate Peil and Emil Peil, and Henry G. Enders.

The Historic Preservation Awards ceremony will be held on Wednesday, May 21 at 1:00 PM in the Women's Civic Improvement Clubhouse, now known as the Ashland Community Center located at 59 Winburn Way. The Community Center was constructed in 1921 for the women’s civic organization which was instrumental in obtaining additional land for Lithia Park, in supporting Ashland's Fourth of July parade and promoting civic pride.

A walking tour of the Skidmore Academy Historic District hosted by the Ashland Heritage Committee and the City of Ashland Historic Commission will be on Friday, May 23. The tour will take you from Granite Street, up a portion of Nutley, and onto Winburn Way.  Some of Ashland’s most prominent citizens built their residences in the Skidmore Academy including former Mayor Grainer, Emil and Alice Applegate Piel, Domingo Perozzi and Jacob Wagner. The area is where some of the first neighborhoods were constructed close to the flour mill, stores and other services. Most development occurred primarily between 1860 and 1949. The Skidmore Academy retains a strong connection to its past and retains a high degree of historic integrity. Meet at the Community Development and Engineering Services building at 51 Winburn Way at 10:00 AM.

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