September 1, 2020

State of Alabama
Press Release: Alabama Historical Commission

DEADLINE APPROACHING TO NOMINATE PROPERTIES TO PLACES IN PERIL 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Andi Martin, Marketing and Public Relations Manager  

andi.martin@ahc.alabama.gov, 334-230-2680

 

September 1, 2020

 

Deadline Approaching to Nominate Properties to “Places in Peril” 2020

 

(Montgomery, AL) Alabamians have just one month to submit nominations to “Alabama’s Places in Peril” listing for threatened or endangered properties. Since 1994, the Alabama Historical Commission and the Alabama Trust for Historic Preservation have joined forces to sponsor Places in Peril, an annual program that highlights significant endangered properties, bringing public awareness of impending threats to these cultural resources. One goal of Places in Peril is to foster a coalition of preservationists who will collectively advocate for a threatened resource; the alliance is then able to posture the structure’s significance to the community at large, creating momentum that yields protection for the site. Over the course of 25 years, the program has highlighted more than 250 resources. The deadline for nominations is October 1, 2020.

 

Any type of building, ruin, site, or place is eligible for nomination. Places in Peril has listed theaters, schools, caves, jails, churches, and houses. The application requires brief, but clear answers to a handful of questions regarding a property’s significance, threat, and the designation of a local contact and local advocacy group with the capacity to leverage the support and coverage provided by the listing. Property owner permission and current, good quality photographs of the property are also required. 

Places in Peril is an immensely valuable program to elevate and streamline preservation efforts for sites across our state that are under the threat of demolition or deterioration. These campaigns have been successful in saving cherished places for future generations,” said Lisa Demetropoulos Jones, Executive Director, Alabama Historical Commission and State Historic Preservation Officer.

 

“The Places in Peril program is a perfect opportunity to inspire communities to rally together to save vulnerable structures. Not only are these places worth saving, their stories are, too,” said Eddie Griffith, Alabama Historical Commission Chairman. “Over the years that Places in Peril has highlighted the plight of threatened properties, their recognition through this program has inspired their restoration carrying their stories forward to future generations of Alabamians.”

"The Alabama Trust for Historic Preservation is pleased to continue its partnership with the Alabama Historical Commission on this important project,” said Katie Randall, Vice President, Alabama Trust for Historic Preservation. “We realize now more than ever the importance of saving places that represent all Alabamians, places that tell the whole story of our state, especially those that represent the lives of the marginalized and the historically disenfranchised. By recognizing the most endangered places in our state and bringing their stories to light, we hope to advocate for a better and more equitable Alabama for all."

New for 2020, the nomination period for Places in Peril opened on May 1st to coincide with National Historic Preservation Month, a nationwide movement to celebrate and promote historic places and heritage tourism. Preservation Month began as National Preservation Week in 1973. In 2005, the National Trust for Historic Preservation expanded the celebration to an entire month to provide more opportunity to celebrate the diverse and unique heritage of our cities and towns.  

Alabama Heritage has graciously reinstalled the annual Places in Peril article in the Spring Issue, aligning with National Historic Preservation Month in May.

AHC is pleased to continue its partnership with Alabama Heritage to publish Alabama’s Places in Peril listing, reaching a key constituency in the state. “We have been a proud partner with Places in Peril for more than two decades,” said Donna Baker, Editor-in-Chief, Alabama Heritage. “We are committed to doing what we can to save our state's historical landmarks, architectural treasures, and valuable relics of our ancestral past. Our subscribers eagerly look for the Places in Peril article each year and have been inspired to save a number of vital places.”

For questions about the program, or how to nominate a site, please contact Jake Williams at 334.230.2691 or Jake.Williams@ahc.alabama.gov.

Nomination forms are located on the Places in Peril page on the Alabama Historical Commission’s website: https://ahc.alabama.gov/placesinperil.aspx. Nominations should be made electronically to Jake Williams.

 About Alabama Heritage Magazine

Alabama Heritage is an award-winning, quarterly, print magazine first published during the summer of 1986. Our mission is to educate, inspire, and entertain with stories of Alabama’s history and culture with lively, colorful articles about the fascinating people, places, and events that helped shape Alabama and the South. Learn more at alabamaheritage.com.

 

About the Alabama Trust for Historic Preservation

The Alabama Trust for Historic Preservation (ATHP) is a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization. The Alabama Trust operates with a dedicated volunteer board of directors. Its primary mission is to protect places of historic and cultural significance and to preserve and promote for future generations the stories of all people who built, lived in and created these places.

 

About the Alabama Historical Commission

Located in historic downtown Montgomery at 468 S. Perry Street, the Alabama Historical Commission is the state historic preservation agency for Alabama. The agency was created by an act of the state legislature in 1966 with a mission to protect, preserve and interpret Alabama’s historic places. AHC works to accomplish its mission through two fields of endeavor: Preservation and promotion of state-owned historic sites as public attractions; and, statewide programs to assist people, groups, towns, and cities with local preservation activities. For a complete list of programs and properties owned and operated by the AHC, hours of operation, and admission fees please visit ahc.alabama.gov.  

 

 

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