The State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) of the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, in collaboration with Preservation Alliance of West Virginia and the Wheeling Historic Landmark Commission, is offering a historic landmark commission training session on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2008. The free session will be held at the first State Capitol Building, 1413 Eoff St., Wheeling, from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Lunch will be provided. Members of historic landmark commissions, interested government officials and the general public are encouraged to attend.
The program will explore how cities and counties can encourage preservation in their communities through historic landmark commissions. Topics of discussion will include certified local government designation, available grants, National Register of Historic Places, local historic district designations, design review, roles and responsibilities of historic landmark commissions, financial incentives, and tax credits.
Registration is required by Jan. 7, 2008, for the Wheeling session at the first State Capitol Building. To register, contact Jeremy Morris at the Wheeling National Heritage Area Corporation at (304) 232-3087, or by e-mail at [email protected] In case of inclement weather, the meeting will be held on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2008.
This training session is the second of several regional workshops for historic landmark commissions throughout the state. Anyone interested in sponsoring a workshop should contact Chris Knorr, certified local government coordinator for the SHPO, at (304) 558-0240, 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.