County celebrates Historic Preservation Month

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    NASHVILLE – The month of May has been declared to be Historic Preservation Month and Arkansas Heritage Month by County Judge Kevin Smith recently proclaimed May to be officially recognized as such by Howard County.
    Judge Smith stated that it is important to celebrate the role of history in our lives and the contributions made by dedicated individuals in helping to preserve the aspects of the heritage that has helped shape us as a people.
    He urges all Howard County citizens to visit their local historical sites and to participate in this special observance.
    Howard County is home to 13 locations that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
    Historic sites in Howard County include: the Ebenezer Camp Ground, which was added to the Historic Register in 1976, First Presbyterian Church, which is now home to the Howard County Museum, was added to the Historic Register in 1976.
    The Flavius Holt House and the Womack-Parker house, both of which were added to the Register in 1978, the Memphis, Paris, and Gulf Depot in Mineral Springs, which currently serves as the Mineral Springs Public Library, was added to the Register in 1978 as well.
    The Elbert W. Holt house was added to the Historic Register in 1984, The Howard County Courthouse was added to the register in 1990, along with the Nashville American Legion Building.
    The Garrett Whiteside Hall gymnasium was added in 1994.
    The Nashville Post Office was listed on the National Register in 1998, and the Mineral Springs Waterworks was listed on the Register in 2007.
    The Nashville Commercial Historic District, which comprises downtown Main Street from Shepherd Street to a little past Hempstead Street, was added in 2012, along with the Old Corinth Cemetary.
    “As we enjoy these month long celebrations of our Arkansas heritage, as well as the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act, we hope all of the people of Arkansas will take time to reflect on the importance of their local historic sites, especially at those listed on the National Register of Historic Places,” Department of Arkansas Heritage Director Stacy Hurst stated.
    For more information on all of the locations in Howard County listed on the National Register of Historic Places, visit http://www.arkansaspreservation.com/Historic-Properties/National-Register/search-national-register-listings.