Preservation Month 2013: See! Save! Celebrate!
May is Preservation Month and preservation and Main Street organizations, both large and small, will take the time to celebrate history and historic places. This year’s theme is “See! Save! Celebrate!” and we encourage you to think creatively about fun events to engage your members and draw in new audiences.
This year's theme works to shine a spotlight on your community's distinct historic places. We want to encourage visitors and residents to see these places, work to save them, and celebrate their vital role in your community.
The list of Preservation Month activities is as endless as your imagination. But here are a few ideas to get you started.
Community Service Opportunities: Possible projects might include a clean-up day at a local house museum or along a historic Main Street. Consider partnering with other local nonprofit organizations in your area to sponsor the event. This will allow you to forge new relationships to build on in the future and will also provide an opportunity to attract new volunteers that may not be familiar with your organization or site.
Demonstration Projects: Many people who own a historic property enjoy learning more about restoration techniques and new products. Consider hosting lectures, workshops, or demonstrations for historic home owners. Topics might include how to select appropriate paint colors, proper methods to repair older windows, plant choices for historic garden styles, or ideas for improving energy efficiency in older homes.
Special Events: Host building tours, open houses, living history events, and special exhibits for your members and potential new members or supporters. Sponsor a photography contest and post the photos on your website or ask folks to send in letters about their favorite local landmark. Don’t forget to take advantage of social media. Encourage attendees to use Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter to share photos or spread the word. The official hashtag for Preservation Month 2013 is #presmonth.
While this year there is no formal Preservation Proclamation, we encourage you to write your own, and share your events using the hashtag. Don't forget to post your pictures in our Preservation Month Flickr group.
So go ahead, run with it! See! Save! Celebrate!