The State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) of the West Virginia Division of Culture and History will continue to conduct a series of public meetings across the state to discuss future historic preservation activities in West Virginia. The meetings are free and open to the public.
In 2002, the SHPO published a five-year statewide comprehensive historic preservation plan. It included goals and objectives for the office and for use by local government agencies, property owners, non-profit organizations and other interested individuals. The plan will be revised in 2007 based partly on public input through this series of public meetings. The SHPO is interested in obtaining input regarding the current plan as it relates to future historic preservation efforts and revised goals for inclusion in the plan. A questionnaire also will be available on the Division’s website by the middle of April.
Meetings are still scheduled for April and May and will be moderated by Patricia Pitrolo, president and chief executive officer of Bradley Strategies LLC. The April meetings are as follows:
Thursday, April 19, Old Main Building, Summersville, contact Wilma Richardson at (304) 872-5626, 872-7876, or 619-0062
Tuesday, April 24, Historic Smoot Theatre at 213 5th Street, Parkersburg, contact Jim Miracle at (304) 295-3046 or [email protected]
Additional meetings are being scheduled for Lewisburg, Bluefield and Huntington.
The current statewide comprehensive historic preservation plan is available from our website at http://www.culture.org/shpo/fiveyearplan/index.html. For more information, contact Susan M. Pierce, deputy state historic preservation officer, at (304) 558-0240, ext. 158, or by e-mail at [email protected].
The West Virginia Division of Culture and History, an agency of the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts, brings together the state’s past, present and future through programs and services in the areas of archives and history, the arts, historic preservation and museums. Its administrative offices are located at the Cultural Center in the State Capitol Complex in Charleston, which also houses the state archives and state museum. The Cultural Center is West Virginia’s official showcase for the arts. The agency also operates a network of museums and historic sites across the state. For more information about the Division’s programs, visit www.wvculture.org. The Division of Culture and History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.
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