State Historic Preservation Office Leads Way in Writing a New State Preservation Plan

Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs to hold public meetings seeking input for Delaware’s 2018–2022 state historic preservation plan

(DOVER, Del.—Feb. 24, 2017)—In order to solicit information for use in drafting Delaware’s 2018–2022 statewide historic preservation plan, the Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs will be holding five public meetings at locations across the state in March 2017. All meetings are free and open to the public. For directions and other information, call the division at 302-736-7400. In the event of inclement weather, notice of cancellation will be announced via local radio stations.

A Home in the Laurel Historic District

Home in the Laurel Historic District

Dover Green Historic District

Dover Green Historic District

Those interested in Delaware’s historic buildings, communities and sites are invited to attend these public meetings in order to share their thoughts on the future of historic preservation in the state. Public input will be incorporated into the updated historic preservation plan which is scheduled to be released in January 2018. For background information, individuals may review the goals and objectives identified in the last planning process by accessing Delaware’s current historic preservation plan.

Written comments may also be submitted to the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs, 21 The Green, Dover, DE 19901; or via e-mail at preservationplan@state.de.us.

While the Delaware historic preservation plan is extremely useful for the division, it is not a blueprintt for state government alone. Rather, it includes goals and strategies that benefit preservation advocates across Delaware. The plan provides all Delawareans who are passionate about historic preservation with a framework for effective decision-making; for coordinating statewide preservation activities; and for communicating statewide preservation policy, goals and values to the preservation constituency, decision-makers and interested and affected parties across the state

Wilmington's Lower Market Street

Street scene in Wilmington’s Lower Market Street Historic District.

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Preservation 50

Delaware Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act!

Preservation 50 is a nation-wide coalition of citizens from all backgrounds who are coming together to celebrate an important anniversary. 2016 marks the 50th year since the passage of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, a moment when the country officially recognized the value of preserving and protecting the places that reflect its historic heritage. The act established programs and funding to assist states, Indian tribes and local communities in identifying and preserving their significant historic properties.

Delaware’s communities have seen the benefits of these programs. The anniversary offers the opportunity to raise public awareness and heighten interest about historic preservation in our towns and cities, counties and our state. The Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs invites YOU to join in these efforts and share in the fun.

Throughout the year we will be part of a force across the state to share ideas, present workshops, offer expertise and generally connect neighborhoods and citizens with the tools that can help make a difference in preserving our heritage, our cultures and our communities. You will see us and other preservation partners at festivals and fairs, lectures and workshops and online.

How do you get involved? Look for the Delaware Preservation 50 logo and check out the events. Tell us about success stories you have on historic preservation. If you are interested in joining our efforts, just give us a call, or go to the Delaware Preservation 50 Calendar of Events and see all the many opportunities to play a role in this celebration. For information on activities nationwide, please go to the Preservation50.org website.

Call 302-736-7400
history.delaware.gov/Preservation50

What Preservation50 means to me.

Guest Article

Historic Preservation Is a Career!
By Robin L. Krawitz

As a kid living on Long Island in New York, I loved history. My mother routinely took me with her to museums, on walks through the town cemetery to look at the grave markers, and to hear speakers talk about interesting subjects. So at age 12, when I heard historic archaeologist Roland Robbins talk about uncovering mill ruins in Massachusetts, I was hooked! Under those vines he showed in his slides was a brick building with a fascinating story. I wanted to do that!

In college at the University of South Florida in Tampa, I explored archaeology and historic preservation through classwork and field school experiences, which led to internships working beside professionals in the archaeology lab as well as doing neighborhood architectural surveys for the Tampa Preservation Board, the local government historic zoning agency. In the end, I chose to focus on the above-ground resources. Graduate school at Colorado State University provided, in addition to the opportunity to understand a very different landscape from that of central Florida, the needed credentials to compete for jobs in this competitive field.

My first job was with the Tennessee Historical Commission brought me in touch with what would become my lifelong interest in the preservation of the places beyond the architecturally grand, the overlooked places important to regular people. And I met Linda T. Wynn, a passionate advocate for the dissemination of the long and proud history of the Nashville African American community and the preservation of the places that reflected that history. She was a role model to me whose example I have taken with me for my entire career, focusing on understanding and preserving the stories and places important in African American history and heritage.

To me, historic preservation is an interdisciplinary set of skills that intersect the worlds of architecture, community planning and development, conservation, politics, and history. It provides the tools to understand the world in a whole new way. The landscape is full of clues about how this place came to be. As a profession, historic preservation is a framework about understanding what makes a place unique and provides the tools to help communities wrestle with the bigger issues of growing and changing without losing their identity. Part of that is understanding how the landscape is viewed by all its citizens, and working to save places important to those willing to step up and save them.

About Author

Director Historic Preservation Graduate Program Department of History, Political Science and Philosophy Delaware State University

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