Mayor Bill Bencini signed a proclamation declaring the month of May as National Preservation Month.
“This Place Matters,” is the theme of the month-long celebration sponsored by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and locally cosponsored by the High Point Museum and the High Point Historical Society. National Preservation Month celebrates the diverse and unique heritage of our country’s cities and states. This Place Matters is a national campaign that encourages people across the country to celebrate the places that are meaningful to them and their communities.
The proclamation states “it is important to celebrate the role of history in our lives and the contributions made by dedicated individuals in helping to preserve the tangible aspects of the heritage that has shaped us as a people.”
The 1786 John Haley House, located in the Historical Park adjacent to the High Point Museum, is listed on the Register of Historic Places. The Hoggatt House (1801) and a blacksmith shop (1841) also are located in the Museum’s Historical Park. The Little Red Schoolhouse served as a one-room public school for first graders between 1931 and 1961 and now sits on the Museum’s campus. The City of High Point has three historic districts and numerous historic structures.
To commemorate National Preservation Month, the Museum will be hosting a preservation workshop Tuesday, May 16 from 5:30 pm to 7 pm. High Point Museum staff will discuss how to preserve some of your family memories and mementos. The staff will focus on easy at-home tips and tricks to keep your heirlooms around for the next generation. Learn about the best ways to preserve your birth and death certificates, journals, photographs, and a variety of other paper goods. Woods, metals and textiles also will be discussed. Learn when you can do the work yourself and when you should call a professional in to help.
The National Trust for Historic Places, a privately funded nonprofit organization, works to save America’s historic places. For more information, visit SavingPlaces.org.
The High Point Museum, a division of the High Point Public Library, is dedicated to sharing Greater High Point’s history, providing perspective for current issues, and strengthening the sense of community.
The City of High Point aims to serve as the catalyst for bringing together the community’s human, economic and civic resources for the purpose of creating the single most livable, safe and prosperous community in America. For more information on the City, visit www.highpointnc.gov