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Historic Commission members attend State Preservation Conference

Pictured are Donalsonville Historic Preservation Commission members Shelia Williams, David Maxwell and Becky Grantham

The three member City of Donalsonville Historic Preservation Commission – Shelia Williams, Becky Grantham and David Maxwell – attended the 2019 Georgia Statewide Historic Preservtion Conference this past week in Rome, Georgia.

The three day conference offered sessions on parterning for preservation, preserving history with community archives, keys on sustainability, relvoving funding, facade and exterior condition assessment, making defensible decisions, preservation as economic development and more. The conference’s opening keynote speaker Tom Mayes, Chief legal officer and general council of the National Trusts for Historic Preservation, offered an hour and a half discussion of preservation points from his recently published book Why Old Places Matter.

The group also participated in tours to Rome’s historic City Hall building, the DeSoto theatre, the Rome Area History  Museum, the River Museum, the clock tower and its mountainous Myrtle Hill Cemetery.

Commission members each learned volumes at the conference and plan to present a mission statement and a projected  list of work in the next few weeks.

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