Garner: Setting the historical record straight on Dillon preservation (letter)
Re: Summit Daily’s October 13 story, “Plans for Dillon Gateway Project take shape.”
This year, is the 50th anniversary when President LBJ convened a committee on historic preservation. The outcome of that committee was the passing of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA). There were earlier measures to foster preservation, but none were as sweeping and comprehensive law as the NHPA. The NHPA created the President’s Advisory Council on Historic Preservation and the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) — the nation’s official list of individual buildings, structures, districts, objects, and archeological sites, which are important due to their connection with the past.
I tried to clarify how properties are listed in the NRHP within a May 9 guest column “Let’s take preservation seriously.” Let me try to clarify a bit of misinformation in Elise Reuter’s article “Plans for Dillon Gateway Project take shape.”
In it, she wrote, “Both buildings were moved … therefore, are not designated as historical …”. These resources haven’t been designated because nobody has undertaken the monumental task of the NRHP nomination process. And, let me add that relocation of historic resources doesn’t automatically dismiss them from designation. If interested in criteria listing relocated resources, details can be found in: National Register Bulletin #15 (www.nps.gov/Nr/publications/index.htm).
Reuter goes to briefly describe some of the associated events and organizations that have made significant contributions to the patterns of local history, which have taken place within/around those Dillon, Colorado resources. Thus, these resources can be considered eligible for listing in NRHP.
Finally, as far as not including the Summit Historical Society in early planning stages of this undertaking, that approach sends a message — a message that is not advocated by much of the professionals within the planning sphere.
David J. Garner
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