DHR to Present Programs that Support

Historic Preservation and Recognition

of Southside Virginia’s History and Historic Resources

—Staff of the Virginia Department of Historic Resources will discuss programs and tools for preserving sites and buildings during the afternoon of Oct. 24 at the Colonial Center for the Performing Arts in Town of South Hill—

In October staff from the Virginia Department of Historic Resources (DHR) will offer presentations and the opportunity to speak with staff about programs available to residents, property owners, and localities to recognize and preserve historic buildings and sites in Southside Virginia.

The event begins at 1 p.m., Thursday, October 24 at the Colonial Center for the Performing Arts, located at 220 South Mecklenburg Avenue in South Hill. Admission is free and open to the public. Welcoming remarks will be provided by Kim Callis, South Hill’s Town Manager and by Lauren Epps, manager of the Colonial Center for the Performing Arts.

The afternoon’s agenda will include brief presentations by DHR staff to highlight various programs including–

· the process and criteria for listing a historic property on the Virginia Landmarks Register (VLR) and the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP);

· the state’s unique Cost Share program, through which DHR awards on a competitive basis matching grants to localities interested in survey and inventory of their historic resources, often with the goal of later listing those resources on the VLR and NRHP;

· Certified Local Government, a program through which jurisdictions earn CLG designation by strengthening and expanding their local preservation programs; CLG communities are also eligible to apply for federal Historic Preservation Funds awarded on a competitive basis by DHR;

· archaeology in Southside Virginia and programs for the stewardship or investigation of archaeological sites, especially those currently threatened; and

· an overview of the state and federal historic rehabilitation tax credit programs and qualifications for eligible tax credit projects.

After the presentations, which are expected to wrap-up by 3 p.m., DHR staff will be available to discuss programs and answer questions with those in attendance during group sessions. Persons interested in the event may attend in its entirety or for only a portion of the afternoon. An agenda is available on DHR’s website: www.dhr.virginia.gov.

Although pre-registration is not required, persons planning to attend are encouraged to contact DHR architectural historian Marc Wagner at (804) 482-6099 or by email, marc.wagner@dhr.virginia.gov, as it will help DHR in planning for the event.

The Colonial Center for the Performing Arts was listed on the Virginia Landmarks Register and National Register of Historic Places in 2003 under the building’s historic name, Colonial Theatre. It was constructed in 1925 to showcase live entertainment including vaudeville and musical productions, and later, movies. The building had stood vacant for many years before it was rehabilitated using tax credits and re-purposed as South Hill’s Colonial Center for the Performing Arts.

For more information about the event, contact DHR’s Randy Jones at randy.jones@dhr.virginia.gov or 540-578-3031 or Marc Wagner.

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