Preservation Action, Legislative Update
Volume 19, Number 40, October 28, 2016 →
Check Out the Results From Our 2016 Federal Candidate Historic Preservation Survey
With the Nov. 8th election right around the corner we are pleased to share the results from our “2016 Federal Candidate Historic Preservation Survey” with you and encourage you to share those results even further. We want everyone to see where U.S House and Senate candidates in their state and district stand on historic preservation.
The survey was sent in August to candidates running in every U.S House district and every U.S Senate race. Overall we received approximately 125 responses from 38 different states. We asked the candidates their position on a series of historic preservation policies they’ll be faced with in Congress, including:
1. Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) reauthorization
2. Regular increases for the HPF
3. Support of the Historic Tax Credit (HTC) during potential tax reform efforts.
4. Continued support of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA)
We also asked candidates why historic preservation is important to them and their district/state. Check out the complete survey survey results to see those responses.
Take a look, find out where the candidates from your state or district stand on historic preservation and be sure to vote on Nov. 8th! Don’t see responses from your district/state? Reach out to your candidates and encourage them to complete the survey.
Important Sites of the Civil Rights Movement Move One Step Closer to National Park Designation
Historic sites in Birmingham and Anniston Alabama are moving one step closer to becoming units of the National Park Service (NPS). This week Secretary of Interior,Sally Jewell, and National Park Service Director, Jonathan Jarvis, joined Rep. Terri Sewell (D-AL) and the mayors of Anniston and Birmingham for a tour of the proposed historic sites and a community meeting about the proposed designation. The sites being considered for inclusion as part of a National Historical Park are the A.G Gaston Motel, 16th St. Baptist Church, Bethel Baptist Church, Kelly Ingram Park and the Civil Rights Institute in Birmingham. Iconic sites of the Freedom Rides are also being considered for protection in nearby Anniston, including the former Anniston Greyhound Station and the site of the firebombed Freedom Ride bus in 1961.
Birmingham Mayor, William Bell, entered into an agreement this week with the NPS for the preservation of the A.G Gaston Motel and the transfer of a small portion of the motel to the NPS. This is an important step in allowing for the permanent protection of the motel. The A.G Gaston Motel was an important site in the Civil Rights Movement. Martin Luther King Jr. and other leaders of the movement stayed here in the spring of 1963 in room 30, which was dubbed the “war room”. In recent years the motel fell into disrepair, even earning a place on the Nation Trust for Historic Preservation’s annual list of the 11 most endangered places in 2015.
Encourage President Obama to use his powers under the Antiquities Act of 1906 to designate these iconic historic sites of the Civil Rights Movement as a National Monument. Sign the petition today!
Join Preservation Action During the National Preservation Conference as We Celebrate Houston
Join Preservation Action for an exciting event in Houston, TX coinciding with the National Preservation Conference on November 17th from 7pm-9pm at the Treebeards Restaurant. Join us in a Celebration of Houston and the recent dramatic surge of downtown historic building rehabilitation. Take in the spectacular views of downtown from the balcony and enjoy a classic Southern Style Cajun buffet at Treebeards Restaurant, located in a historic, circa 1861 building on Market Square. Learn from Anna Mod, a historic presentation specialist at SWCA Environmental Consultants in Houston, about the full range of historic tax credit rehabilitation projects she is currently involved with, including The Texas Company (Texaco) and the Houston Fire Museum. Following her presentation, Minnette Boesel, whose real estate firm led in specialization in downtown residential properties, will provide the context for the redevelopment of the Market Square area and the role of Treebeards in that story.
The buffet dinner is free for Preservation Action members. Not a member? Admission will be $40, which includes an individual Preservation Action annual membership. The buffet is a fabulous Cajun style dinner including red beans and rice, jambalaya and dessert. Cash Bar.
Reservations are required. You can make reservations or purchase tickets online at https://pa-celebrates-houston.eventbrite.com. Admission will also be available at the door, space permitting. Email Rob Naylor at email@example.com with any questions.
Stories From Around the States
West Virginia: “Congressman Promotes Historic Preservation Tax Credit“
California: “50 Years in LA: Historical Preservation in LA“