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Historic Preservation Week May 17 - 23rd 2015

Each May, cities across Oregon create events, host tours and create displays to highlight their local historic properties for National Preservation Month.  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. 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 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.
Here in Ashland, Preservation Month 2015 will be observed by citizens throughout town with the following events planned for the week of May 17 – 23rd.
 
Thursday May 21st, 8:00am – 4:30pm – The Mountain View Mausoleum will be opened for a self-guided tour. The Mountain View Mausoleum is located on the south side of Ashland St. at the intersections of Normal and Sherwood Avenues.   
 
Wednesday, May 20th, 1:30 pm – Historic Preservation Award Ceremony and will be held in the Ashland Community Center, 59 Winburn Way.
 
Friday, May 22nd, 2:00 pm – Walking Tour of the Railroad District with Terry Skibby from the Ashland Historic Commission.  Meet in the gazebo at the Railroad District Park on A Street.  The tour will last approximately 1 ˝ hours. 
 
Additionally, property owners in Ashland’s historic districts are invited to an open house to discuss possible modifications to the City’s requirements in regards to nonstructural exterior changes to historic contributing properties. Specifically, the City is soliciting feedback from property owners when it comes to alterations of windows (e.g., wood to vinyl), door alterations, roofing changes (e.g., shingles to metal), siding and fencing materials. The open house is from 3:30 – 5 PM on Wednesday, May 20th in the Siskiyou Room of the Community Development and Engineering Services Building located at 51 Winburn Way. Please contact Amy Gunter at 541-552-2044 or send an email message to amy.gunter@ashland.or.us.
 
More information about these events can be found on the City of Ashland’s website at www.ashland.or.us/historicpreservation   or call 541-488-5305.

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