Main Street Morgantown Announces Historic Preservation Month

Morgantown community celebration of Historic Preservation Month in May

Planned celebrations among multiple organizations

MORGANTOWN – Main Street Morgantown (MSM) encourages the community to celebrate National Historic Preservation Month throughout the month of May. Historic preservation is the practice of protecting and preserving buildings, structures, and other artifacts of historic significance. The built environment reflects our cultural identity, and historic places provide a tangible link to our past. It is crucial to protect historic buildings and ensure they are preserved for future generations.

Main Street Morgantown will host its May ArtsWalk on Saturday, May 13 and a Pop-Up Plaza on Thursday, May 18. Street vendors, artists, and activities will celebrate Historic Preservation Month through the themes of Building” and “Looking Up.” During these events, visit a display of historical photographs celebrating the stories and lives of Morgantown's black entrepreneurs in the Ward Building at 238 High Street. Attendees can also participate in a scavenger hunt and a historic walking tour during these events or by visiting the Morgantown History Museum.

“’Building’ is both a noun and a verb. It's easy to take the built environment for granted, so by ‘Looking Up,’ we hope to inspire people to appreciate their surroundings,” said Michael Mills, Chair of Main Street Morgantown Design Committee. Street Morgantown. "By celebrating our historic buildings and structures, we hope to inspire people to become advocates for thoughtful preservation."

Main Street Morgantown invites non-profits, government organizations, and businesses to join them in celebrating Historic Preservation Month. Organizations are encouraged to host events, social media campaigns, and other initiatives throughout May to raise awareness about the importance of historic preservation and inspire people to take action. Look for celebrations from

the City of Morgantown’s Historic City Hall, Historic Landmark Commission, Historic Post Office, Morgantown Public Library System & Aull History Center, Monongalia Arts Center, Warner Theater Building, Morgantown Magazine, The Dominion Post, and others throughout the month.

The public is invited to share photos of their favorite historic buildings on social media using the hashtags #BuildingHistory and #LookingUpMorgantown. Notice your surroundings and recognize the beauty and significance of historic buildings and structures and advocate for preservation and protection of historic buildings for future generations. Join Main Street Morgantown in celebrating Historic Preservation Month and appreciating the beauty and significance of our historic buildings and structures. For more information, follow them on social media, on Facebook @DowntownMorgantown and Instagram @MainStreetMorgantown.

About Main Street Morgantown:
Main Street Morgantown is a non-profit (501c3) organization. Its mission is to develop and promote vibrant and prosperous Downtown and Wharf Districts.

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