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.”
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