GOHSLogo150On Tuesday July 28, Julian Adams of the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) will speak about the Certified Local Government Program and other steps that municipalities can take to protect historic properties. Adams’ presentation, co-sponsored by the Greater Oneonta Historical Society (GOHS) and the City of Oneonta, will take place at 7:00 PM in the Council Chambers on the second floor of City Hall, 258 Main Street

Adams, director of SHPO’s Community Preservation Services Bureau, writes that “Local historic preservation efforts traditionally have been citizen motivated and led, today through local preservation commissions.  These commissions are official municipal boards charged with protecting local landmarks and guiding change in towns, villages, and cites.  Currently there are over 2,300 such local commissions across the US, and they are a significant part of those communities’ local land use and economic development tool kits.   The Certified Local Government Program, a federal program that fosters and recognizes effective local municipal preservation programs and provides technical assistance, partnership opportunities, and an annual grants program for member communities will be discussed, along with a brief history of the American historic preservation movement and what it means to have a local preservation law and program.”

The event, originally scheduled for June 9, is free and open to the public. For more information, contact 607-432-0960 or info@OneontaHistory.org.

Written by Julian Adams and GOHS executive director Bob Brzozowski. For more information contact GOHS executive director Bob Brzozowski (607-432-0960, info@OneontaHistory.org).