Tuesday, November 3, 2009

2010 Places in Peril - 10 Places That Need Your Help!!!


Historic schools. Courthouses. Old movie theaters. Many we pass by so often we no longer notice the swooping ornate marble, the 100-year-old brickwork, the grand courthouse clock. But these places and more face threats everyday–perhaps more so because we’ve grown so used to seeing them.

That’s why The Georgia Trust is bringing attention to 10 Places in Peril across the state and providing ways you can help in your community. Each site represents hundreds of similar sites throughout our state that are just as endangered and in need of community help as the 10 we have identified. So take a look at this year’s list, learn more about the program, and find out how you can help protect these properties and others in your community.
In 2009, each Place in Peril received direct assistance as part of The Georgia Trust’s new Partners in the Field program, a partnership with the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Our new field services representative, Jordan Poole, visited each designee and worked with the local property owners and community leaders to help form a preservation strategy.

As part of the new program, the 2009 Places in Peril received nearly $50,000 in grant money.
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The Georgia Trust’s Places in Peril program seeks to identify significant historic, archaeological and cultural properties that are threatened by demolition, deterioration or insensitive public policy or development, and have a demonstrable level of community interest, commitment and support. The 10 Places in Peril are selected for listing based on several criteria. Sites must be listed or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places or the Georgia Register of Historic Places. Sites must be subject to a serious threat to their existence or historical, architectural and/or archaeological integrity. There must be a demonstrable level of community commitment and support for the preservation of listed sites.

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