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City celebrates National Preservation Month

TYLER, April 29, 2013-- The City of Tyler Preservation Month 2013 will be observed at three events. First, is a Landmark Plaque ceremony for the Bergfeld Shopping Center at 10 a.m., on May 2, at 108 8th St. Also, a Landmark Designation Ceremony honoring this years’ recipients of the Local Historic Landmarks will be at 4 p.m., on May 2, at 1619 S. College Ave.

Next is an educational event, “Preserve Tyler Presents: Tyler’s Treasures,” scheduled for 7 p.m., on May 3, at Liberty Hall, located at 103 E. Erwin St. The City of Tyler Historical Preservation Board, Historic Tyler, Smith County Historical Society and Heart of Tyler will offer residents the opportunity to learn how to preserve and restore their historic properties. A complimentary cocktail reception will be held from 6 to 7 p.m., at Regions Bank, located at 100 E. Ferguson St. before the educational event. As part of this event, participants will have the opportunity to attend the following presentations:

  • Tyler’s Treasures and Styles
  • The Architecture of Shirley Simons, Sr.
  • Tyler Programs to See, Save, Celebrate

“Preserve Tyler Presents: Tyler’s Treasures” is being held in conjunction with the National Trust for Historic Preservations’ National Preservation Month. “See! Save! Celebrate!” is the theme of the month-long celebration sponsored by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Since the National Trust for Historic Preservation created Preservation Week in 1971 to spotlight grassroots preservation efforts in America, it has grown into an annual celebration observed by small towns and big cities with events ranging from architectural and historic tours and award ceremonies, to fundraising events, educational programs and heritage travel opportunities. Due to its overwhelming popularity, in 2005 the National Trust for Historic Preservation extended the celebration to the entire month of May and declared it Preservation Month to provide an even longer opportunity to celebrate the diverse and unique heritage of our country’s cities and states and enable more Americans to become involved in the growing preservation movement.

Event sponsors include: Historic Tyler, Inc., Heart of Tyler, Tyler Historical Preservation Board, Regions Bank, Tyler Area Builders Association, Nix Construction, Smith County Historical Society and the City of Tyler.

For more information, please visit www.tylerhistoricpreservation.com or call the Planning Department at 903-531-1175. Learn more about National Preservation Month at www.PreservationNation.org/PreservationMonth.

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