Main Street DeFuniak Springs Hosts Jeff Siegler

National Preservation Month Speaker Addresses "The Power of Place"
Jeff Siegler
Preservation expert Jeff Siegler

In celebration of National Preservation Month this May, Main Street DeFuniak Springs, in partnership with the City of DeFuniak Springs Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA), will host nationally recognized speaker Jeff Siegler for a free presentation on “The Power of Place.” The event will be held on Thursday, May 5 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Florida Chautauqua Theatre. The theater is  located at 840 Baldwin Avenue in DeFuniak Springs.

A widely known revitalization expert with Revitalize or Die, Jeff Siegler will present the importance of civic engagement and community pride in revitalization efforts and economic vitality. The event is free to attend, but registration is required because space is limited. For more information or to register, please visit our website. 

Preservation Month began as National Preservation Week in 1973. In 2005, the National Trust for Historic Preservation extended the celebration to the entire month of May and declared it Preservation Month to provide an even greater opportunity to celebrate the diverse and unique heritage of our country’s cities and states. This was also a great opportunity to better educate people on the importance of historical preservation.

“Historic place-savers like you pour their time, energy, and resources into protecting places they care about, often without recognition. So, this year’s Preservation Month theme of People Saving Places is a national high-five to everyone doing the great work of helping to preserve historical landmarks – in ways big and small – and inspiring others to do the same,” said The National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Throughout the month of  May Main Street DeFuniak Springs will be spotlighting the People Saving Places within the City of DeFuniak Springs. Preservation-based organizations include the City of DeFuniak Springs and its Magnolia Cemetery, DeFuniak Springs Landmarks, Forward DeFuniak Inc., Tivoli Historical Society, Walton County Heritage Association, and the Walton-DeFuniak Library.

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