Since the National Trust created Preservation Weeks in 1971 to spotlight grassroots preservation efforts in America, it has grown into an annual celebration observed by small towns and big cities with a wide array of events.
Due to its overwhelming popularity, the national trust has extended the celebration to the entire month of May and declared it Preservation Month to provide an even longer opportunity to celebrate the diverse and unique heritage of our country's cities and states and enable more Americans to become involved in the growing preservation movement. The first official Preservation Month was observed in 2005.
This Preservation month 2007 is even more special for Juneau as it has recently received designation as a Preserve America Community. Preserve America is a White House initiative that encourages and supports community efforts to preserve and enjoy our nation's cultural and natural heritage.
This program recognizes and designates communities that protect and celebrate their heritage, use their historic assets for economic development and community revitalization, and encourage people to experience and appreciate local historic resources through education and heritage tourism programs. Benefits include the eligibility to apply for Preserve America grants.
This is a yearly offering of accurate and interesting information about Juneau for tour guides and the general public. Instructor Richard Stokes, a 36 year resident of Juneau will share information about Juneau's historic sites, local lore, eye-catching plants, wildlife watching, and much more. After retiring from a 23 year career with the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, Richard has driven buses and led hikes and whale watches for Gastineau Guiding. He was chosen as Princess Cruises Guide of the Year for Juneau in 2006. Thursday, May 17, 6-9pm at the Juneau-Douglas City Museum, pre registration and prepayment required. Cost is $27.33 per person.
Hands-On Preservation at the House of Wickersham.
State Architectural historian Doug Gasek will host this free program on the planning and execution of the current preservation rehabilitation project going on at the House of Wickersham. Participants will learn how to work with preservation techniques and helping to restore trim from the house. Saturday, May 19 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the House of Wickersham, pre-registration required, please call the Museum to register.
How to Research Your Historic House Workshop.
Within the seven-block radius that forms the original downtown, there are still approximately 60 buildings built before 1904, and 140 built before 1914. Bring your walking shoes and your questions. This workshop will be held at the end of May with the time and date to be announced.
For more information, contact the Juneau-Douglas City Museum at 586-3572. The Juneau-Douglas City Museum is located at 4th and Main Street and is a program of Juneau Parks and Recreation Department and is observing summer hours of 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Admission is $4 for adults. Youth 18 and under are admitted free.