Historic Preservation 2016 Poster Contest underway

To commemorate National Historic Preservation Month in May, the Historic Preservation Commission is pleased to invite all 3rd – 5th grade students to participate in its annual “Saving Places that Matter to You” poster contest.  The purpose of the contest is to increase awareness about the importance of historic preservation among the community's youth.

Did you know that the Pickwick Theater is a designated Park Ridge local landmark?  We are proud of its history and many other historic places in our city, like Iannelli Studios, the Park Ridge Youth Campus, and the Gatehouse at the Town of Maine Cemetery.   These landmarks play a huge role when story telling about our community. 

The Historic Preservation Commission invites students to share, in poster form, their expression about a special  local place – such as a house that's been part of a family for generations, a school that children have attended for decades, a church, or a favorite structure Uptown or in the South Park area.

Complete contest rules are posted in Children’s Services at the Park Ridge Public Library and on the City’s website (www.parkridge.us).  Rules and entry forms have been distributed to all elementary schools in Park Ridge.  Posters should depict a building or structure in Park Ridge that is important to the student.  Entries are due by March 23, 2016 and should be delivered to your elementary school or to Jon Branham in the Community Preservation & Development Department located on the second floor at City Hall.   Winners will be notified and invited along with their family to attend an awards ceremony at a City Council meeting in May. 

About the Historic Preservation Commission

The Park Ridge Historic Preservation Commission is composed of nine residents, appointed by the mayor, with the advice and consent of City Council, with various backgrounds. The Commission is responsible for identifying sites having historic significance; recommending the designation of landmarks, recommending the designation of historic districts; reviewing proposed alterations to landmarks and structures within historic districts; and educating the public about historic preservation. The Commission meets on the first Wednesday of every month at 6:00 pm at City Hall, in the Council Chambers on the 1st floor.  

For more details and for entry forms, go to www.parkridge.us and search for 2016 HP Poster Contest. If you have any questions please contact Jon Branham, City of Park Ridge Planner, 847-318-5291, or jbranham@parkridge.us.



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