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V.I. Historic Preservation Month

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May 11, 2005 – Commissioner Dean C. Plaskett, Esq., of the Department of Planning and Natural Resources, is pleased to announce on behalf of the Virgin Islands State Historic Preservation Office, that May 2005 is Virgin Islands Historic Preservation Month.
The national theme, as suggested by the National Trust for Historic Preservation is "Restore America: Communities at a Crossroads," and the Virgin Islands State Historic Preservation Office has adapted this to create the local theme of "Preserving Virgin Islands History:
The Crossroads of Our Past and Future."
Among the number of projects currently underway that will be a focus of Historic Preservation Month are:
· Commencement of Conservation and Stabilization of Fort Christian, St. Thomas
· Vegetation Removal at Historic Structures, and a Submerged Cultural Resources Survey of the Creque Marine Rail Slipway on Hassel Island, St. Thomas
· Public Education, Protection Efforts, and Informational Signage at Salt River Bay, St. Croix, in collaboration with the National Park Service, as well as cleanup activities with the St. Croix Archaeological Society
· Meeting to Discuss Collaborative Projects with the St. Thomas Historical Trust
· Oversight of Archaeological Surveys at Calabash Boom and Coral Bay, St. John
For further information on these and other activities, including public education opportunities, please contact Myron D. Jackson, Director, Virgin Islands State Historic Preservation Office,
17 Kongens Gade, St. Thomas, at 776-8605.

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