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Preservation Month — May 2011

May 11, 2011

WHEREAS, historic preservation is an effective tool for managing growth and sustainable development, revitalizing neighborhoods, fostering local pride and maintaining community character while enhancing livability; and

WHEREAS, historic preservation is relevant for communities across the nation, both urban and rural, and for Americans of all ages, all walks of life and all ethnic backgrounds; and

WHEREAS, it is important to celebrate the role of history in our lives and the contributions made by dedicated individuals in helping to preserve the tangible aspects of the heritage that has shaped us as a people; and

WHEREAS, "Celebrating America's Treasures" is the theme for National Preservation Month 2011, cosponsored by the Tennessee Historical Commission, the Tennessee Main Street Program, the MTSU Center for Historic Preservation, the Tennessee Preservation Trust, the Association for the Preservation of Tennessee Antiquities, Cornerstones, Inc. of Chattanooga, Memphis Heritage, Historic Nashville, Inc., the Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County, Knox Heritage, the East Tennessee Preservation Alliance, the Heritage Alliance of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Governor Bill Haslam, do proclaim the month of May 2011, as Preservation Month in Tennessee, and encourage all citizens to join me in this worthy observance.

In witness thereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the official seal of the State of Tennessee to be affixed at Nashville on this 4th day of May, 2011.

Bill Haslam, Governor