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Celebration brings Preservation50 to a close


Delaware’s year-long observance of Preservation50, the 50th anniversary of the passage of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, came to a close with a celebratory program that took place on Friday, Oct. 7, 2016 at the Painted Stave Distillery in Smyrna.

Preservation 50 event

Sponsored by the Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs and Delaware State Parks’ Time Travelers program, “Preservation50 Historic Preservation Celebration: Past, Present and Future” attracted 68 people who came out to hear the encouraging words of National Park Service historian Dr. John Sprinkle; Erik Hein, executive director of the National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers; and Robin Krawitz, graduate director of the historic preservation program at Delaware State University as each shared their perspective of where historic preservation has been, where it is today and where it is going in the future. The program concluded with the presentation of a certificate of recognition to Kim Burdick, historian and curator of the Hale-Byrnes House, who led a grassroots effort to make historic preservation more well-known to the public.

Kim Burdick with her certificate of recognition.
Kim Burdick with her certificate of recognition.
Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer Gwen Davis (front, left) and State Historic Preservation Officer Tim Slavin addressing the Preservation50 celebratory program at the Painted Stave Distillery in Smyrna.
Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer Gwen Davis (front, left) and State Historic Preservation Officer Tim Slavin addressing the Preservation50 celebratory program at the Painted Stave Distillery in Smyrna.

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