HC Preservation Commission kicks off year with new goals

The Henry County Historic Preservation Commission kicked off the new year by presenting to the Henry County Board of Supervisors its accomplishments in 2017 and goals for 2018.  The Commission is a Certified Local Government and it submitted its annual report to the Supervisors for approval and submittal to the State of Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs.

The regular monthly meeting was held at Sip following presenting to Supervisors. Pat White introduced Anna Villarreal, the new director of the Harlan-Lincoln House at Iowa Wesleyan University. Commission officers were nominated to stay in their present positions with Joel Garretson acting as chair, Caroline Lehman as vice chair, Mary Savage as secretary, and Chad Brousseau as treasurer.

Several projects are in progress and updates were provided on the City of Wayland and Jefferson Township site inventory projects for the National Register of Historic Places, new historic sign project with signs ready for installation, website development, new updated museum brochures and book sales.

The Henry County Historic Highlights column will continue as a bi-monthly article in area newspapers. Commissioners are considering holding several meetings around the county during the summer months and are looking at Hillsboro, New London, Swedesburg and Rome as possibilities.

The next meeting will be in the 2nd floor conference room at the court house on Saturday, Feb. 10, at 1 p.m.