Portland Bicentennial

Today’s Courier-Journal carried exciting news about the Portland neighborhood, which celebrates its bicentennial this year.  Read about it here, or as excerpted below.

 

Portland Museum receives grant to hire historic preservation consultant

The Portland Museum has been awarded a $2,500 grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

The museum plans to use the money to hire preservation consultant Debra Ann Richards to work with the Portland neighborhood as it celebrates the bicentennial of its founding as a town.

Richards will help the museum with a series of educational and planning activities designed to call attention to the importance of the Portland National Register of Historic Places District, a 51-acre site bounded by Interstate-64 and 33rd, 40th and Bank streets.

It includes the Portland Cemetery, Portland Elementary School and the Squire Earick House, a historic home from the early 1800s that the museum owns and is restoring.

Historic features of some of the properties in the district are being lost to fire and neglect, and the aim of the project is to “engage” residents in keeping up the district and develop a vision for the future, said Nathalie Andrews, the museum’s director.

Also, “We want to listen to their concerns,” Andrews said. Among the proposed grant activities is developing a children’s walking tour. The project could begin with a general walking tour and then a community meeting once the weather is warmer, Andrews said.

Richards retired last year from her post as a historical preservation specialist with the staff of the Metro Landmarks Commission. The grant extends to the summer, Andrews said.

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