NATIONAL PRESERVE AMERICA SUMMIT IN NEW ORLEANS OCTOBER 18-20 -- 010/16/2006
Office of Lieutenant GovernorFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 16, 2006
NATIONAL PRESERVE AMERICA SUMMIT IN NEW ORLEANS OCTOBER 18-20
LT. GOVERNOR MITCH LANDRIEU WELCOMES FIRST LADY LAURA BUSH ON EVE OF LOUISIANA'S CELEBRATION OF HISTORIC PRESERVATION 24 TOWNS SHOWCASE THEIR "PRESERVE AMERICA" EFFORTS
Mrs. Laura Bush, First Lady of the United States and Honorary Chair of the Preserve America initiative, will lead a national Preserve America Summit Oct. 18-20, 2006, in New Orleans to mark the 40th anniversary of the passage of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA).
"We're honored to have First Lady Laura Bush visit Louisiana," Lt. Governor Landrieu said. "In Louisiana, we are committed to preserving our unique cultural assets around the state, and the First Lady and Preserve America have been strong partners in this effort. Next month, 24 Louisiana communities will host events that celebrate their historic 'main streets,' thanks in part to a $150,000 grant award from Preserve America."
Louisiana State Historic Preservation Officer, Pam Breaux, said her department looks forward to showing visitors the state's assets. "The Summit presents a wonderful opportunity for Louisiana to show decision-makers from across America that hurricanes Katrina and Rita did no lasting damage to the majority of our historic architecture, and that we are busy restoring the historic architecture on which these two hurricanes did leave their mark."
The Preserve America Summit is an effort to take stock of the strides made over the last four decades in historic preservation because of the NHPA, and explore how to best continue protecting America's rich national cultural and historic heritage resources into the next century.
At the New Orleans Preserve America Summit, more than 300 persons from around the nation representing preservation, government, business, education, tribal, and other entities involved in historic preservation will participate to offer their expertise, suggestions and insight on the NHPA and how it can better serve communities, states, and the nation. Members of 11 panels have been studying the following topics in preparation for the summit:
Building a Preservation Ethic and Public Appreciation for History
Preserve America is a White House initiative that encourages and supports community efforts to preserve and enjoy our priceless cultural and natural heritage. The goals of the initiative include a greater shared knowledge about the nation's past, strengthened regional identities and local pride, increased local participation in preserving the country's cultural and natural heritage assets, and support for the economic vitality of our communities.
Three Louisiana communities have been designated as Preserve America communities: Bastrop, Baton Rouge, and Natchitoches. During 2006, the state received three Preserve America grants. The first two awards were to the cities of Bastrop and Natchitoches. Bastrop received approximately $28,000 to develop heritage signage and tools to market the city. Natchitoches received $150,000 to enhance a heritage walking-trail by developing electronic visitor information, map kiosks, signage and landscaping. The third grant, $150,000, was awarded to the State Historic Preservation office, overseen by the Office of the Lt. Governor, for a heritage tourism campaign, "Louisiana Main-to-Main: A Cultural Roadshow." As a result, 24 Main Street communities will participate in Louisiana's first annual statewide Main Street extravaganza, a month-long festival devoted to celebrating the state's unique local culture.
Media Notes: Reporters and photographers interested in covering the summit plenary sessions in New Orleans will need to be credentialed and details will be available on Oct. 17, 2006. That information will be prominently posted on the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) Web site, www.achp.gov, as soon as it is made available. For more information on the Preserve America Summit, should contact Bruce Milhans at 202-550-7165.
Background: The Preserve America Summit is being administered by the ACHP, which is an independent federal agency that promotes the preservation, enhancement, and productive use of the nation's historic resources, and advises the President and Congress on national historic preservation policy. It also provides a forum for influencing federal activities, programs, and policies that impact historic properties. In addition, the ACHP has a key role in carrying out the administration's Preserve America program. See www.achp.gov for more information.