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From Main Street Greenville...
Main Street Greenville, Friends of Bears Mill & Darke County
Historical Society celebrate National Preservation Month
May is National Preservation Month and this year’s theme is “Discover
Our Hidden Gems.”
Locally, Friends of Bear’s Mill, Darke County Historical Society and
Main Street Greenville are collaborating to bring historic preservation
awareness to the Greenville and Darke County community. Together with
sponsor Mote & Associates, Inc. we are presenting a full month of
events to promote history and preservation in our community that dwells
on our hidden gems.
Historic preservation is relevant for Greenville citizens of all ages,
all walks of life and all income levels. It is especially
important to celebrate the role of history in our lives and the
contributions made by dedicated individuals in helping to preserve the
tangible aspects of the heritage that has shaped our community.
Since the National Trust for Historic Preservation created Preservation
Week in 1971 to spotlight grassroots preservation efforts in America,
it has grown into an annual celebration by small towns and big cities
with events ranging from architectural and historic tours, to
educational programs and heritage opportunities. Due to its
overwhelming popularity, 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 longer opportunity to
celebrate the diverse and unique heritage of our communities.
Help celebrate the history, architecture and culture of Greenville’s
past. Activities planned for the month include Memorial Hall
Centennial, Upper Floor Building Tour, Bear’s Mill Spring Open House,
Lowell Thomas House Tours, Coffeehouse Preservation Series, and
displays at Greenville Public Library. Brochures listing all free or
low cost preservation month activities can be picked up in the visitors
rack in The Palace, Bear’s Mill, Garst Museum or on-line at
www.DowntownGreenville.org. Take the opportunity to learn about
local architecture, parks and neighborhoods. Join us as we “Discover
our Hidden Gems!”
Friends of Bear’s Mill provides a rich cultural experience and
community-oriented events including educational tours, demonstrations
and nature walks, while preserving the Mill’s historic significance and
natural beauty. As caretakers of Bear’s Mill, we continue to
explore the possibilities of this unique property while maintaining its
historic beauty and physical needs.
The Darke County Historical Society is dedicated to preserving the
history of the county and fostering education on its impact as a
Crossroads of the American Experience. Its mission is to collect,
preserve, exhibit, study and interpret materials relating to the
history and culture of Darke County, Ohio as part of the development of
the Crossroads of the American Experience. Permanent exhibitions
of national significance include Annie Oakley, The Treaty of
Greenville, Lowell Thomas and Ohio Native Americans.
Main Street Greenville is committed to stimulating and supporting
revitalization efforts, historic preservation and economic growth in
historic Downtown Greenville. The organization strives to create
a program of work that serves and assists the downtown business
district with education, design & technical assistance, activities
& events, promotion & image branding, beautification &
streetscape improvements, and other business resources needed.
To learn more about historic preservation or local preservation
activities and initiatives contact Amber Schmerge at Main Street
Greenville at 937.548.4998, Merri Niekamp at Bear’s Mill at
937.548.5112, or Clay Johnson at Garst Museum at 937.548.5250.