Saturday, July 19, 2008

Nominations for Most Endangered Resources Due August 1

This is public policy and public pressure at its best.

The announcement (below) of the opening of this year's nominations for the most endangered historic resources in the Commonwealth is a welcome opportunity to note that Amherst is home to two sites that have made that sad list in the recent years. Although the outcomes have varied, there is no doubt that the designation helped to bring attention to the need. The first case is an unqualified success. In the second case, danger has already turned into destruction, and the fate of what remains is uncertain, though, we hope, improving.

In both cases, the Amherst Historical Commission (full disclosure: I am the current Chair) is playing an important role in the preservation process.

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Preservation Massachusetts is now accepting nominations to our 2008 Ten Most Endangered Historic Resources List!

2008 marks the 15th Anniversary of the Ten Most Endangered program. PM is excited to use this year as an opportunity to reflect on this program, our successes, struggles and ongoing challenges. Through the commitment and determination of communities, organizations and individuals, we hope that all of the Ten Most Endangered Historic Resources will be prove to be preservation success stories in the coming years!

Established in 1993, the Ten Most Endangered Historic Resources Program is one of our most important preservation advocacy and education tools. Local groups or individuals who are deeply concerned about the potential loss of these significant resources nominate sites from across the state. The list is one of the first steps in focusing statewide attention on the condition of these historic resources and their importance to communities, and often serves as a catalyst for extensive preservation opportunities.

Nomination forms are available for download in PDF form and are due by 5:00 PM on Friday, August 1, 2008.

Questions? call 617-723-3383 or email

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