Category Archives: National Historic Preservation Month

Phoenix…Celebrate a place that matters to you!

[Source: Jim McPherson, National Trust for Historic Preservation] — National Preservation Month is celebrated during May and the National Trust for Historic Preservation wants you to join in a viral marketing campaign around this year’s theme, “This Place Matters.” By simply printing a sign and taking a picture, you can tell the story about a place in Phoenix that matters to you. Click here to submit your entry and follow these simple instructions:

1. Register on the National Trust’s website,

2. Download and print out a special Phoenix “This Place Matters” sign available at If you know of a spot outside of Phoenix, click on for a sign with the Arizona flag.

3. Snap a photo of people holding the sign and standing in front of a building or place of particular personal significance.

4. Then, upload the photo (or photos) to the National Trust, and post a brief story about the place and why it matters.

We’ve already had a number of communities participate, including, Fremont, NE and Greenville, OH, just to name a few. So don’t get left out. Post your picture today!

Want to do more?

  • Spread the word about the campaign by mentioning the campaign in your enewsletter.
  • Post your picture and story on your own website and link to
  • Challenge your supporters to post other pictures from your town to the site.
  • Learn how City Lore and the Municipal Arts Society in New York City have been using their own “Place Matters” campaign for years to advocate for local places at risk by visiting their website at

Historic Preservation update for City of Glendale

  • The Glendale Historic Preservation Commission was presented a proclamation from Mayor Scruggs at their April meeting declaring May 2008 as National Historic Preservation month in Glendale.
  • The Commission is hosting the fifth annual historic preservation tour of Glendale on May 17, 2008. There is a full bus of 35 people taking the tour.
  • On May 22, 2008 the Commission will award the 2008 Ruth Byrne Historic preservation Award to John Akers.
  • The Preservation Commission is making and installing 27 historic preservation banners throughout historic downtown Glendale.
  • This past Sunday at 7:00 PM a new 30 minute production called “Glendale’s Hidden Treasures” was aired on Channel 11. It is a terrific review of many of Glendale’s lesser known historic resources. It will be shown on a regularly basis on Channel 11.
  • 18 large cast bronze interpretative plaques will be installed at various historic resources in addition to 28 National register Plaques for historic resources already registered on the National register. There are already eight interpretative plaques installed.

Sedona Historic Preservation Commission hosts tours of historic places in Sedona in May

[Source:] — Sedona will join thousands of people around the country as part of a nationwide celebration of National Preservation Month in May 2008. “This Place Matters” is the theme of this year’s celebration, which is sponsored by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Since the National Trust created Preservation Week in 1971 to spotlight grassroots preservation efforts in America, it has grown into an annual month-long celebration observed by small towns and big cities. The purpose is to celebrate the diverse and irreplaceable heritage of our country’s cities and states and enable more Americans to become involved in the growing preservation movement.

An event in honor of National Historic Preservation Month for Sedona is being planned by the Sedona Historic Preservation Commission (HPC). Friday, May 16th the Commission will co-host an open house at the historic Hart Store, now Hummingbird House on Brewer Road from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The open house will celebrate the Hart Store being added to the National Register of Historic Places. More details will be forthcoming about this free street party intended for the entire community. Pioneer descendants and Hart relatives are planning to attend.

[Note: To read the full article, click here. Photo: Janeen Trevillyan (center holding paper), Historic Preservation Commission Chairperson, leads a recent tour in Uptown, Sedona.]

May 6th lecture in Phoenix: "The role of historic preservation in sustainable development”

Donovan Rypkema, Principal of Place Economics and nationally-renowned speaker and consultant on historic preservation issues, will address “The Role of Historic Preservation in Sustainable Development” at a luncheon on May 6, 2008 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Phoenix’s historic Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa. This kick-off event to National Historic Preservation Month in Arizona is hosted by the Capitol Mall Association, City of Phoenix, Arizona Department of Commerce, Arizona State Historic Preservation Office, and Arizona Preservation Foundation. All advocates for Arizona’s heritage and sustainability are encouraged to attend and showcase, on available display tables, your efforts to foster a more sustainable Arizona. To RSVP or for more information, contact Kay Jerin by email or phone at 602-340-0745. Please include your name, organization, and day phone. Cost is $50 per person.