Barrington was named a Preserve America Community in July, 2011, by First Lady Michelle Obama.
A sign that lets everyone know of the town's designation has finally arrived. It will soon be erected somewhere in Barrington.
If you want to suggest a location for the 3x4-foot sign, in fact, use the comment box at the end of this story. Patch will forward your suggestion to Kent Phillips, president of the Barrington Preservation Society.
Or contact Phillips yourself at firstname.lastname@example.org. The society applied for the designation on behalf of the town.
"We finally got the sign last week," said Phillips. "Funding for it got hung up in Washington."
Barrington received the designation because the preservation society is preserving special places in town -- the primary criteria for the award.
“President Obama and I want to congratulate all of the Preserve America communities and thank them for their commitment to protecting and strengthening America’s culture and natural heritage,” Mrs. Obama said last year when the designation was announced.
Benefits besides the sign include use of the Preserve America logo on educational and promotional materials; listing in a Web-based directory that showcases Barrington’s preservation efforts and heritage tourism destinations; and other suppor, according to a press release sent to Phillips.
Many Preserve America Communities also are featured in “Discover Our Shared Heritage” National Register Travel Itineraries, as well as in the “Teaching With Historic Places” curricular materials created by the National Park Service, according to Phillips.
The Preserve America program became an authorized part of the national historic preservation program when President Obama signed the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 on March 30, 2009. More than 850 Preserve America Communities have been designated in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and two U.S. territories, including historic neighborhoods within large cities and tribal communities.
The Preserve America program is a federal effort to encourage and support community efforts to preserve and enjoy America’s priceless cultural and natural heritage. The goals of the initiative include a greater shared knowledge about the nation’s past; strengthened regional identities and local pride; increased local participation in preserving the country’s cultural and natural heritage assets; and support for the economic vitality of our communities.
The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation administers the Preserve America program with the Department of the Interior, in cooperation with the White House and 10 other federal agencies. For more information visit www.achp.gov and www.preserveamerica.gov.
Now, where should Barrington put its Preserve America sign?