This Place Matters
Historic Preservation Month is celebrated nationally each May. Spearheaded by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the annual recognition seeks to heighten awareness about the wonderful buildings that are part of our shared history.
As part of Historic Preservation Month, the National Trust launched a “This Place Matters” campaign to inspire conversation about preservation, why it’s important and how you can get involved. The campaign further encourages people to share the historic places and spaces that mean something to them through social media.
To join the national conversation, use the hashtag #ThisPlaceMatters on your preferred social media platforms.
2019 HUNTSVILLE “THIS PLACE MATTERS” CAMPAIGN
In Huntsville, the Historic Preservation Commission (HHPC) and the City’s Preservationist Katie Stamps will celebrate National Preservation Month with a campaign specifically for Rocket City citizens and fans.
Mayor Tommy Battle kicked off the 2019 This Place Matters campaign on April 30 with a news conference declaring the month of May as Huntsville Preservation Month. Preservation events for May are posted below, and the HHPC team will be posting photos of historic places and spaces on social using the hashtag #ThisPlaceMattersHsv. Watch weekly Facebook Live events in beautifully restored homes at locations throughout Huntsville’s historic districts.
Histories in the Making: A Passion to Preserve
Thursday, May 30, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Location: Stovehouse
“Preservation Speaks: Stories from Huntsville’s People of Preservation” will offer an evening of intimate storytelling to celebrate the people who are dedicated to the preservation of Huntsville’s history. These honored speakers have a passion for preserving historic architecture and heritage, and have significantly invested in their community’s legacy. Moderated by Leslie Walker, Chairman of the Historic Huntsville Foundation, featured storytellers include: Ollye Conley, long-time preservation advocate and member of the Huntsville/Madison County African American Bicentennial Committee; Kirk and Cindy Giles, Five Points Historic District Homeowners; and Dr. John Kvach, Vice President at Liberty Learning Foundation.
After the stories are shared, Leslie Walker will guide the speakers in an intimate conversation about their unique experiences in historic preservation and how they have impacted their lives. This free event is co-hosted by the City of Huntsville and the Huntsville Historic Preservation Commission.
Finding Huntsville: A Kid Friendly Field Guide to Huntsville’s Historic Architecture – Guided Tour
Saturday, May 11, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Location: 124 Southside Square, Huntsville AL
Finding Huntsville is free, funded through grants from the Alabama Historical Commission and the Community Foundation of Greater HSV and will be available to classrooms through Free2Teach. This resource is a 12-page activity book that takes kids on an architectural scavenger hunt around Huntsville’s courthouse square.
Pick up a free Finding Huntsville activity book on May 11 at Harrison Brother’s Hardware and enjoy a walking tour and scavenger hunt. Sign up through Eventbrite for a free guided tour with a Historic Huntsville Foundation Host or follow the book for a self-guided tour. Special Mother’s Day Cards with sketches from the Color Me, Huntsville coloring books will be available to color. Cards and colored pencils provided by Historical Huntsville Foundation.
Recognizing the People of Preservation
Throughout May, the City will celebrate the People of Preservation to recognize their hard work and efforts to preserve Huntsville’s historic structures. Look for City Blog profiles and social media posts featuring bicentennial property owners and Huntsville Historic Preservation Commissioners.
Participate on Social
Throughout the month of May, the City will recognize its People of Preservation with special events, photos, blogs and videos.