Historic Preservation: Connecting our Past with Our Future
This virtual presentation will review core goals of historic preservation and some key policies and tools to make it happen as communities plan for their future. Among those tools are the National Register of Historic Places and the Historic Preservation Act (passed in Illinois in 2019) which added an important financial incentive for preservation efforts. We will consider some examples where preservation has saved excellent buildings and has helped community stability and economic growth, including some from DeKalb County which has 16 sites on the National Register.
Dr. Moline is a retired professor of geography at Augustana College and a member of the State of Illinois Historic Sites Advisory Council which reviews and acts on nominations for the National Register.
Image is of the Shabbona Hotel, the latest building in DeKalb County to be nominated for the National Register and receiving a positive judgment from the Ill. Historic Sites Advisory Council during the February 2021 meeting.
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