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Events mark Historic Preservation Month

SALISBURY — Historic Salisbury Foundation will host several events in May to celebrate National Preservation Month.
“Celebrating America’s Treasures” is the theme of the month-long observation, sponsored by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Local events will include:
• Membership Appreciation Ice Cream Social from 2-4 p.m. Sunday on the Josephus W. Hall House lawn.
• Educational display open to the public at the Cyrus West House, 203 S. Main St., starting at 5 p.m. Friday during Spring Night Out in downtown Salisbury.
• Cocktail party at 6 p.m. May 13 to celebrate a Salisbury treasure, the Dr. Stokes-Snider House.
The Colonial Revival home will be decorated to showcase modern family living.
Just two families have lived in the home built in 1922. The most recent owners, the late Arnold Holmes and Kate Mills Snider Jr., donated the home to Historic Salisbury Foundation’s revolving fund.
Tickets for the event are available online at www.HistoricSalisbury.org.
• 27th Annual Historic Preservation Awards at 6:30 p.m. May 26 at the Salisbury Station.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation created Preservation Week in 1971 to spotlight grassroots preservation efforts in America.
Across the country, events range from architectural and historic tours and award ceremonies to fundraising events, educational programs and heritage travel opportunities.
Salisbury, the oldest town in western North Carolina, has 10 historic districts listed in the National Register of Historic Places and has a comprehensive historic preservation program.
The city also has five historic districts that are designated and protected by ordinances of the city of Salisbury.
Historic Salisbury Foundation, founded in 1972, is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to preserving, protecting and enhancing the historic character of Salisbury and Rowan County. The foundation uses education, neighborhood revitalization, advocacy and preservation of historic landmarks in its mission.
For more information, visit www.historicsalisbury.org and www.PreservationNat-ion.org/PreservationMonth.
Contact reporter Emily Ford at 704-797-4264.

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