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Placerville is Preserve America Community

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From page A1 | September 16, 2013 | 18 Comments

On July 20, the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation announced that Placerville had been designated as a Preserve America Community and at the Sept. 10 Placerville City Council meeting — the framed letter from First Lady Michelle Obama and the certificate of designation was presented to the council.

“This is totally a win-win,” said JoAnne Rogers, one of the Historical Advisory Committee members who had helped prepare the application for the designation. “We will have a road sign on Highway 50 showing our designation as a Preserve America Community and we will be eligible for Preserve America grants.”

Almost 900 communities across the nation have been designated as Preserve America Communities, including Salem and Plymouth, Mass.; Annapolis, Vicksburg, Lancaster, Penn.; and Williamsburg, Va. Preserve America is a federal program, the purpose of which is to encourage and support local community efforts to preserve, promote and enjoy cultural and natural heritage. It recognizes and designates municipalities, neighborhoods and tribal communities with active historic preservation programs.

White House recognition, a Preserve America Community road sign, eligibility for Preserve America grants, authorization to use the Preserve America logo on signs, flags, banners and promotional materials, listing in a Web-based Preserve America Community directory and national and regional press releases are some of the benefits of being a Preserve America Community.

Placerville’s community support of Wagon Train, the Pony Express Re-Ride, citizen involvement with the El Dorado County History Museum, the Fountain Tallman Museum and the Gold Bug Mine and Museum were examples of active cultural preservation used in the application process.

Look for the Preserve America road sign that will be placed as soon as it is received by the city.

“Depending on the size, we will most likely place it next to the ‘Welcome to Placerville’ sign on the south side of Highway 50,” said Community Development Director Pierre Rivas. “It’s a good thing for people to see right away.”

Contact Wendy Schultz at 530 344-5069 or wschultz@mtdemocrat.net. Follow @wschultzMtDemo on Twitter.

 

 

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Discussion | 18 comments

  • Phil VeerkampSeptember 15, 2013 - 11:43 am

    Perhaps the pink Nevada hooker sign could be replaced with YOU HAVE JUST DRIVEN THROUGH A PRESERVE AMERICA SITE. HAVE A NICE DAY ~:^)

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  • WezzySeptember 15, 2013 - 1:57 pm

    ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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  • Fran DuchampSeptember 15, 2013 - 3:08 pm

    lololol...grants--gotta love em. I know where I am--we lost the weekend wagon train Parties--logging day festivities...one of the parades...we have CEDAPP signs all over...does that count? I for one am looking forward to these people coming....the mill is gone...oh wait " trails." Maybe someone should save all the articles on the money going into trails. Leave out the ones where the wild animals are moving into communities--because of fires.. Preserving our history...and to think--just a few months ago...people were preserving our heritage...what was it?--ah a resort town for tourists. Id focus on square dancing now...before they come. Oh wait--people can't sell milk to their neighbors...fruit on the corners...oh my. I love this article. I will research for everyone...what qualifies us as preserving the history of American in our part of the world? I believe several times in this paper people have referred to the wagon train event in Placerville--as a "drunken" brawl...saloons--opps--how is poor reds doing?...lololol Thank goodness for Sue holding onto her dream of redoing the building in Placerville--wow. I agree with Wezzy--who would have thought Placerville would have been chosen. lololol...goodness. Well if anyone comes to Pollock--we have the ugly blue sign wishing people a cold "welcome" as they leave. And now we have the ugly brown shadow boxes...lololol

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  • Fran DuchampSeptember 15, 2013 - 4:00 pm

    http://www.nps.gov/hps/hpg/preserveamerica/index.htm Preserve America grants

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  • Fran DuchampSeptember 15, 2013 - 4:01 pm

    http://www.preserveamerica.gov/federalsupport.html federal grants

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  • Fran DuchampSeptember 15, 2013 - 4:02 pm

    sharing a term...50/50 grants...are you investing without your knowledge?

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  • Fran DuchampSeptember 15, 2013 - 4:11 pm

    ...support for the economic vitality of our communities. Does the word "vitality" sound familiar now? " increased local participation in preserving the country's cultural and natural heritage assets" (theres that word heritage" sounds like the speech from the advisory board meetings in Pollock...lolol But many of us knew this--we posted it--we warned of its coming...people need to be careful with grant money--one little "fib" and you have to give it back. And you lose the 50 % that was put up to match it. "seed" money....remember "tot" funds being given out. The general fund is a pie--there are only so many pieces. Better hope no one is "betting" with your money--because in other places...it did not work..they went bankrupt.

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  • Bill E.September 16, 2013 - 7:24 am

    Grant money is a double edged sword in the form of greater good vs financial principle. I am just not sure having the PR collateral plastered all over town is necessary or helpful in "preserving" America. Grant money is likely in play on Main Street today and the Moore Paints project is still pending. Hopefully, these do not require more visual nuisances and clutter.

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  • LpSeptember 17, 2013 - 10:10 pm

    Fran, did you grow up here?

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  • James E.September 17, 2013 - 10:18 pm

    -Lp, I think Fran has given it up for the night.

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  • LpSeptember 17, 2013 - 10:35 pm

    Thank God.....

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  • James E.September 17, 2013 - 10:54 pm

    OK, I'm checking out too. Tomorrow.

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  • Fran DuchampSeptember 18, 2013 - 8:41 am

    LP nope-- I did not grow up here. My grandmother wanting to die on her own property...but her kids wanted to put her in a home...so I came up--fought that...and allowed her to have her last wish. She knew she was dying...so she spent a year working with me on her last wishes. I was able to do that for her. My grandparents chose to retire here in the 70s. They were from Minnesota. They felt Pollock Pines was very similar to where they were from. Loggers, coal miners, and farmers have a bonding...according to my grandmother. They just didnt want the deep snow. They had been all over the USA...and found a home here. I am from Los Angeles, I grew up in the Hollywood hills. I grew up around the rich and the famous...lololol...they are just people.I met politicians and up scale lawyers as a child. My own father was a "famous" developer I rejected much of it. Graduated at 16...and was off into a very different world...one not so "shady." I had to be taught to live in the country...I always take the hard way to learn..I will be my soul to the task..it is very exhausting at times--with no one to blame--but myself.

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  • Fran DuchampSeptember 18, 2013 - 8:46 am

    I spoke with a high school friend on the east coast the other day...a non political friend. she can see what is happening and how the younger generation is just accepting unelected people choosing for them. She remembers when some of the laws took effect--that we are looking at now. No buying of fresh milk from a neighbor--no veggies in front yards...no yard sales without permits. Talk about government regulations. Advisory councils present them--local governments say "okay"--and guess what--more government ordinances. And the local government gets to say--but this is what the community wants. READ

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  • Fran DuchampNovember 19, 2013 - 12:59 pm

    Hey...- smithflatresident. I was hoping youd bite. " On July 20, the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation announced that Placerville had been designated as a Preserve America Community" Should we give the letter back? Lots of marketing going on in this country about preserving the Heritage. The painting of the ladies --downtown would be one. Many groups are using it in their advertising. CEDAPP is an organization dedicated to preserving the heritage of Pollock Pines. El Dorado chamber of Commerce: The mission of the Chamber is to advocate and promote a strong, healthy and diverse business community to preserve the quality of life in El Dorado County. “The pioneering spirit that drew the gold seekers of yesterday still thrives among our current business owners. Our county remains a land that is rich in opportunity and continues to prosper in its people.” About the drinkinking...my bad...I realise not everyone drinks--it should have been "whine"...shrugging shoulders--forgot the "h" ...I am sorry. I would never accuse anyone I do not know of drinking..that would be insensitive of me. Should I keep going with all the depts that use "our heritage" to promote "tourism" here?

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  • Fran DuchampNovember 19, 2013 - 1:03 pm

    darn typing. "Drinking." Halo back on...sarcasm off.

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  • Fran DuchampNovember 19, 2013 - 1:07 pm

    "Preserve America is a federal program, the purpose of which is to encourage and support local community efforts to preserve, promote and enjoy cultural and natural heritage."

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  • Fran DuchampNovember 19, 2013 - 1:08 pm

    Look for the Preserve America road sign that will be placed as soon as it is received by the city. “Depending on the size, we will most likely place it next to the ‘Welcome to Placerville’ sign on the south side of Highway 50,” said Community Development Director Pierre Rivas. “It’s a good thing for people to see right away.”

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