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On July 1, 2016, the Delaware House of Representatives passed Senate Joint Resolution No. 11 commending the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966. The resolution, which had previously been approved by the Delaware Senate on May 17, 2016, was sponsored by Sen. Brian Bushweller and Reps. Deborah Hudson and Ronald E. Gray. Kim Burdick, historian and curator of the Hale-Byrnes House, was the leading advocate for the resolution with assistance from staff of the Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs’ State Historic Preservation Office.
The resolution’s passage marks a high point in efforts by Delaware preservationists in support of Preservation50, a nationwide celebration taking place throughout 2016 that marks the 50th anniversary of the passage of the National Historic Preservation Act. As part of its provisions, the act created a historic preservation office in each state to administer a preservation program, and to assist and encourage citizens to value, preserve and protect the historic resources that reflect the nation’s history and heritage. Go to the following for more information on the recent accomplishments of the Delaware State Historic Preservation Office.