Historic Preservation Update

May is National Preservation Month and The Office of Historic Preservation (OHP) is offering numerous events and activities as part of our extensive education and outreach campaign on the Role of historic preservation in achieving economic, cultural and environmental sustainability.

Historic preservation has a demonstrated positive impact on economic development efforts in our community.  It is not simply a matter of aesthetics or quality of life, but also a tool for neighborhood stabilization and community revitalization that is connected to broader strategies of land use, smart growth, sustainability and job creation.

To kick off Preservation Month, OHP is hosting the State of Preservation Reception today at 6pm, at the Mission Branch Library overlooking Mission San Jose.  Speakers will include Assistant Secretary of the Interior Rachel Jacobson, Councilwoman Rebecca Viagran and Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff. The speakers will highlight the importance of preservation to San Antonio and discuss the community’s efforts to obtain World Heritage status for the San Antonio Missions.

The list of events during Historic preservation month include.

  • A lecture by Peg Breen, President of the New York Landmarks Conservancy on May 8th, entitled “New York City Preservation: At The Pinnacle or on the Precipice.”
  • The annual Amazing Preservation Race for Adults will take place on Friday, May 9th, which is a fun adventure race for Teams.  It is a Great way to get exercise and learn about our downtown!
  • The annual Amazing Preservation Race for Kids will be held Saturday, May 17th, in the beautiful Monte Vista Historic District. This popular free event gives kids the chance to learn about history and buildings while solving clues and being active.
  • Wrapping up the month’s activities will be Preservation Day SA on Saturday, May 31st, where volunteers will complete repairs to homes in the Government Hill Historic District.

Many in the community will follow the City Council’s lead and participate in the ‘This Place Matters’ Photo Awareness campaign throughout the month of May.

Historic preservation is not about freezing time or resisting change.  It is about making careful decisions to protect our sense of place and preserve what makes San Antonio unique while supporting growth and development in our community.

For more information about all of the events and activities, visit the OHP website at www.sanantonio.gov/historic

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