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May is Preservation Month
Blanco Historic Preservation Commission
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 • Posted May 5, 2011

Citizens in Blanco, Texas will join thousands of individuals across the country to celebrate National Preservation Month this May. The National Trust for Historic Preservation has chosen the theme, "Celebrating America’s Treasures" for the month of May 2011.

The Blanco Historic Preservation is pleased to announce its participation in National Preservation Month in May 2011. Across the United States communities will celebrate historic preservation through outreach programs. America’s treasures are more than landmark properties. They are individual houses and historic neighborhoods that create an inviting place to call home. Blanco is full of wonderful, unique buildings at the square.  National Preservation Month gives us the opportunity to celebrate those places and educate the public on why they matter.

Here in Blanco’s Preservation Month of May 2011 will be observed by:

• Blanco Historic Preservation Commission invites you to follow up on articles on tips, awareness, the on-goings, and more ‘how to’ here on this newspaper.

• The local preservation will be ready to present information and displays and self-guided history tours of the square are scheduled. Stay tuned for more details!

Here are some ideas on how you too can celebrate Blanco’s historic Town.

• Everyone is being asked to help keep the City of Blanco neat and to clean up.

• Thousands of visitors will travel the Texas Highways this coming month of May. This year invite loves one and old friends to come and visit our town. Take a walk on the square on the weekends. Stop by and visit the stores on the square and spend time at our State Park.

• Prevent usable building materials from going to a landfill while making home improvements more affordable.

• Remodeling this year? Ask your local contractors to contribute leftover construction materials, such as cabinets, lighting and plumbing fixtures, doors, lumber, flooring and windows, to the community for use in historic districts or for local landmarks.

• Do your part to preserve old building materials and use only what is appropriate for the building. For example, even if it is donated, a vinyl window should never replace a historic wood window.

• Although everyone hates to see the demolition of a historic treasure, unfortunately it does happen. Do not send the valuable wood windows, siding, doors or other important architectural pieces to the landfill. Add them to the stock of the building supply closet. If the building could not be rescued, at least its pieces may be used to save another treasure. However, never demolish a building or part of a building in an attempt to increase the stock of building supplies, and do not use the opportunity for architectural salvage as an excuse for demolition.

• Learn more about National Preservation Month at www.PreservationNation.org/PreservationMonth.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation is a non-profit membership organization bringing people together to protect, enhance and enjoy the places that matter to them.

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