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Creston Historic Preservation Commission: Zoom survey meeting and training session

Public Information Meeting, Sept. 21, 6 p.m. CST

Join Zoom Meeting,, Meeting ID: 865 7721 8479, Passcode: 576030, dial-in 1-312-626-6799, Meeting ID: 865 7721 8479, Passcode: 576030, Find your local number:

Survey Training Session, Sept. 28 6 p.m. CST

Join Zoom Meeting,, Meeting ID: 810 5092 4870, Passcode: 944549, dial-in 1-312-626-6799, Meeting ID: 810 5092 4870, Passcode: 944549, Find your local number:

In December 2019, the Creston Historic Preservation Commission was informed they were awarded an Historic Resource Development Grant. The grant is to survey the buildings and other resources in uptown Creston. These buildings and resources will be studied architecturally and historically for eligibility for the Register of Historic Places awarded by the National Park Service. The grant includes consultation from Richard Carlson of the University of Iowa to direct the commission and its volunteers to compile information about the buildings in our uptown area that are 50 years and older.

Mr. Carlson will focus on the architectural information while the commission and volunteers will focus on taking photographs of those buildings, locating historical photos of these buildings and researching the historical history of the building through historic documents, local interviews and newspaper articles.

A public meeting will be held as a Zoom meeting on Monday, Sept. 21, 6 p.m. Mr. Carlson will explain more information about the survey, some of the reasons for completing a survey such as this in Creston, and what the expectations of the survey will lead to. This meeting is not the only scheduled meeting with Carlson. 

Carlson will also being offering training to members of the community who wish to be volunteers during this survey. This meeting will also be a Zoom meeting on Monday, Sept. 28 at 6 p.m. Some volunteers have already but identified for the project but it will require a few more volunteers to help take photographs, collect historic photographs, locate newspaper articles concerning the history of the buildings, or researching other sources of historic information on specific buildings in the uptown area. For more information call 641-202-8734.

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