Local Preservation Champion

Local Preservation Champion Dee Bright Recognized

By The National Trust For Historic Preservation

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 Preservationists from across the state recently convened here at the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa for a Certified Local Government (CLG) training seminar.  The two-day event opened the first night with a welcome reception sponsored by the host hotel.  During that reception a few special announcements and presentations were made including recognition of one local preservationist by the national organization that is specifically dedicated to the preservation of historic buildings and neighborhoods, the National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP). 

Jack Moyer, vice-president and general manager of the Crescent, read a framed letter from Stephanie Meeks, president and CEO of NTHP that prais20131107_190722ed Dee Bright of Eureka Springs for her dedication to preservation.  Bright serves as chairperson of the Eureka Springs Historic District Commission (HDC), president of the Eureka Springs Preservation Society, and treasurer of the local organization of the NTHP’s Main Street program, which is supported locally by the Eureka Springs Downtown Network (ESDN).

In the letter Meeks wrote, “Through her service she (Dee Bright) has shown exceptional commitment to Eureka Springs and the preservation movement.  Dee, your colleagues at the National Trust thank you, and I know the citizens of Eureka Springs and the entire community of preservationists in Arkansas join us in saying that your efforts have made a significant difference in ‘Protecting The Irreplaceable’ for many future generations to come.”

The evening also featured an official city welcome to the nearly 75 attendees by Mike Bishop, president of the Greater Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce; an official20131107_185550 state welcome from Missy McSwain, program director for the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program (AHPP); and the introduction of a Preservation Partners program, conceived by Moyer that and is now in beta testing, that will make recognized preservation volunteers of the various preservation organizations across the state eligible for deep discounts at both the Crescent and its local sister hotel, the 1905 Basin Park Hotel.

“I have presented this program for consideration to both NTHP and Historic Hotels of America,” explained Moyer.  “If it works here, they may roll it out nationally enabling designated preservation volunteers to stay at any HHA property across the country at an attractive discount.”

The reception was the opening event for the state CLG seminar, a training event coordinated locally by Glenna Booth, the Eureka Springs’ Economic Director.  Workshops were led by Pratt Cassity, director of the Center for Community Design and Preservation in the College of Environment and Design at the University of Georgia.

For more information on preservation projects statewide, one should contact the AHPP office at 501-324-9880 or by going to their web site at http://www.arkansaspreservation.com.  For local projects and opportunities, one should contact Booth at 479-253-9703 or via email atace@cityofeurekasprings.org.