Monday, May 3, 2010

Historic preservation part of First Friday event

May is Historic Preservation month, a month to become more aware of the historic structures surrounding us and to bring focus to the importance of preserving our architectural wealth.

The Noblesville Preservation Alliance (NPA) will offer historic walking tours downtown at the First Friday event, May 7 from 5:30-8 pm. The Indiana Historical Society will provide a scavenger hunt, the Indiana Transportation Museum will be giving train rides, there will be May Day baskets for children to make, a May Pole, and also flowers and plants for sale.

The NPA web site,, has a map and photos of many of the downtown historic homes.
In a message from the National Trust for Historic Preservation's Web site ( “We know that preservation is good for communities and good for the pocketbook, but in the face of our growing climate crisis, we can also say with confidence that preservation has a significant role to play in fostering development that is more environmentally and economically sustainable. By giving Preservation Month the theme of sustainability, we are hopeful communities and organizations across the country will help us spread the word that preservation is inherently green. When you reinvest in older and historic buildings, live in a historic home, or even become a member of the National Trust for Historic Preservation or your local preservation organization, you support a more sustainable world. Spread the word this May – Old is the New Green!”

The public can download a "This Place Matters" sign from the National Trust Web site, and then have their picture taken with it in front of their favorite historic place to be uploaded back to the site for display.
Visit the NPA website at to see a map and photos of many of the downtown historic homes. Better yet, get inspired and come out May 7th to take a springtime stroll through these neighborhoods and enjoy these historic treasures.

And to all those working to restore and maintain these historic structures, thank you for your commitment to preserving the past for the future. Preservation matters.

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