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Historic Preservation Month in the Virgin Islands

May 13, 2007 – The State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) in conjunction with the National Trust for Historic Preservation is celebrating the month of May as National Preservation Month, according to a press release from the Department of Planning and Natural Resources.
This year's national theme is "Making Preservation Work!" SHPO has expanded this theme to include the yearlong commemoration of the 90th anniversary of the Danish-United States Transfer, as "Making Preservation Work: Recalling Our Past, Forging A Future."
Historic preservation is an effective tool for managing growth, revitalizing neighborhoods, fostering local pride and maintaining community character while enhancing livability. 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. SHPO will continue its tradition of activities throughout May, to include:
· Archaeological and historic preservation educational lectures,
· Issuing and placement of historically-commemorative bronze plaques,
· Awarding of federal Historic Preservation Fund grants.
For more information on this month's events, contact David Brewer at SHPO 776-8605.

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