Select Iowa cities and counties were recognizes at the Iowa Capitol February 21, for their efforts in historic preservation as part of Cultural Advocacy Day.
The City of Laurens was awarded a Certified Local Government grant worth $3,000 through the State Historical Society of Iowa in November, for its Planning for Preservation Project. Cultural Advocacy Day was an opportunity for representatives of Laurens to have their pictures taken with their legislators with an oversized "check."
The Laurens Historical Preservation Commission will implement planning for preservation assistance to provide generalized preservation training for the Commission, staff, and volunteers; to educate owners of properties on the value of historic significance, and to develop a preservation element in the City of Laurens' survey form.
The Certified Local Government Program is a federal initiative to encourage leadership by cities and counties in preserving significant historic properties. The State Historical Society administers the program to bring participating cities and counties into partnership with the State Historic Preservation Office. CLG participants agree to establish local preservation programs, administered by citizen historic preservation commissions, that utilize the same standards and guidelines employed by the federal and state historic preservation programs.
Of 15 eligible applicants, 12 grant projects received funding.
Lanore Thumma of Laurens represented the Historic Preservation Commission at the presentation.