Lonoke County Judge Doug Erwin, Ward Mayor Art Brooke and Carlisle Mayor Ray Glover are among 114 officials in 63 counties who have declared May as Historic Preservation Month and Arkansas Heritage Month.
“As we enjoy these month-long celebrations of our Arkansas heritage, we hope all of the people of Arkansas will take time to reflect on the importance of their local historic sites, especially those listed on the National Register of Historic Places,” Department of Arkansas Heritage Director Stacy Hurst said.
Lonoke County has dozens of Historic Places on the National Register.
Camp Nelson Confederate Cemetery
Carlisle Rock Island Depot
Coy Mound Site
Dr. E. F. Utley House
First Christian Church
First Presbyterian Church
Joe P. Eagle / D. R. Boone Building
Keo Commercial Historic District
Lonoke County Courthouse
Lonoke Downtown Historic District
Memphis to Little Rock Road - Bayou Two Prairie Segment
Memphis to Little Rock Road - Brownsville Segment
Old US 70, Union Valley Segment
Rock Island Depot
Thomas Sloan Boyd House
Toltec Indian Mounds
W. P. Fletcher House
Walls Farm Barn and Corn Crib
The proclamations from Erwin, Brooke and Glover note that historic preservation is an effective tool for managing growth, revitalizing neighborhoods, fostering local pride and maintaining community character while enhancing livability; and that historic preservation is relevant for communities across the nation, both urban and rural, and for Americans of all ages, walks of life and ethnic backgrounds.
The officials declare that it is important to celebrate the role of history in our lives and the contributions made by dedicated individuals in helping preserve the tangible aspects of the heritage that shaped us as a people. Noting that “This Place Matters! ” is the theme for National Preservation Month 2017 and “A State of War: Arkansas Remembers World War I” is the theme for Arkansas Heritage Month, cosponsored by Lonoke County, Ward, Carlisle, the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, the Department of Arkansas Heritage and the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the officials proclaimed May as National Historic Preservation Month and called upon their constituents to join their fellow citizens across the United States in recognizing and participating in the special observance.
For a list of Arkansas Heritage Month events, visit http://www.arkansasheritage.com/News-Events/Heritage_Month/heritage-month-events.