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Program on benefits of architectural preservation set for tonight in Wbg.

A tour held last year of Warrensburg homes with architectural significance was well attended. A program is to be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday June 24 at the Warrensburg Senior Center on Main St. detailing how preserving local architecture is crucial to the vitality of local communities' economy, as well as their culture and heritage.
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A tour held last year of Warrensburg homes with architectural significance was well attended. A program is to be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday June 24 at the Warrensburg Senior Center on Main St. detailing how preserving local architecture is crucial to the vitality of local communities' economy, as well as their culture and heritage. Photo provided

— A program detailing how preserving local architecture is crucial to the vitality of local communities' economy, as well as their culture and heritage is to be presented at 7 p.m. Tuesday June 24.

The Warrensburgh Historical Society (WHS), Warrensburgh Beautification and Richards Library are co-sponsoring the program, set for the Warrensburg Senior Center on Main St. — the historic Miles Thomas House.

The presentation is the third in a monthly four-part Historic Preservation Lecture series. The purpose of the sessions is to educate the community and its leadership to the benefits of historic preservation as well as outline the funding sources and financial incentive programs available, advantages of adaptive reuse and its direct correlation with economic development.

The program is presented by Steven Engelhart, Executive Director of Adirondack Architectural Heritage or AARCH.

The program is intended to explain the importance of preserving our nation’s built environment and explores the many reasons why individuals, businesses, non-profit organizations and governments are increasingly involved in promoting historic preservation. Examples include the ways in which historic architecture and historic preservation offer us a higher quality of space, are our most tangible links to our past, foster community and national identity, contribute to community revitalization, help us conserve energy and help us manage change and growth, Englehardt said.

“If you look all across the country at what makes a successful community, one of the common characteristics of these communities is that they value and preserve their historic architecture," he said. "This is done as not an afterthought or an accident but is central to their overall strategy.”

For details, call Teresa Whalen at 466-5497 or e-mail her at: taawhalen@yahoo.com.

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