Meeteetse Museums throws a party for preservation

(Meeteetse, Wyo.) - Meeteetse Museums was one of only a few museums chosen around the U.S. to host a special celebration, “Preservation 50 - the 50th Anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act.” The celebration is in honor of the National Historic Preservation Act that was signed into law October 15, 1966 by President Lyndon Johnson. According to a release issued by Meeteetse Museums, it remains the most far-reaching preservation legislation ever enacted in the United States. For Meeteetse, this legislation has played a big role in the town. "Why is the National Historic Preservation Act important to us? It is because it helped us save the First National Bank of Meeteetse building," said David Cunningham, of Director Meeteetse Museums. "We just had it restored over the last 6-7 years with grants from the Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund." The Act established the Historic Preservation Fund, the National Register of Historic Places, Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, as well as State Historic Preservation Officers and State Commissions. In addition, the Act created Tribal Historic Preservation Officers and the Certified Local Government Program. "It would be great for the community to come and learn about the processes involved in saving local treasures like the First National Bank building," said Cunningham. "There are also other historic properties in Park County that the people of Meeteetse are interested in. And even in this town, there are other buildings that should be saved if funds were available. So this [event] educates them as to what the possibilities are, why the history is important, and why these buildings and historic are important." Tomorrow, June 11, Meeteetse Museums will host the special event featuring Charles Carrig, Wyoming NRCS State Archaeologist and Architectural Historian. Carrig will speak in a free seminar from 1 - 3 p.m. During the seminar, Carrig will speak about the National Historic Preservation Act, its importance, and how it affects us today. He will specifically address how the Act affects Wyoming. The “Preservation 50 - the 50th Anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act.” event begins at 1 p.m. at the Meeteetse Museums, located at 1947 State Street in Meeteetse. There will be snacks, refreshments and a big cake. It is free and open to the public. *Feature Photo: First National Bank of Meeteetse building. h/t Meeteetse Museums / Pitchengine Communities* #reboot #news