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Advisory Council on Historic Preservation Chairman Aimee Jorjani spoke with Nick Redding, the Executive Director of Preservation Maryland and Vice Chairman of Preservation Partners Network about the importance of historic preservation and how it fits into recovery after the coronavirus quarantine. They also discuss what people can do to support historic sites right now.

Aimee Jorjani and Nick Redding
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – At the invitation of the U.S. Semiquincentennial Commission, the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) is now a member of the America 250 Parks, Preservation, and Public Spaces Task Force (P3). Chairman Aimee Jorjani last week attended the first meeting of the task force convened to promote preservation of parks and historic sites for the commemoration of the nation’s 250th birthday in 2026.

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May is National Historic Preservation Month. During these uncertain times, the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation seeks to share with you meaningful, interesting, and fun information to truly celebrate historic preservation in our nation.

Historic sites connect us to the past, and provide us with a sense of continuity and grounding. They are also reminders of the contributions preservation makes to economic recovery and job growth.

By Mark Wolfe, Texas State Historic Preservation Officer; President, National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers

Just over a year ago, the Texas Historical Commission experienced one of the most heartbreaking events in our organization’s history. On April 13, 2019, an F3 tornado struck the community of Alto, in Cherokee County in east Texas. Ground Zero for the storm was our own Caddo Mounds State Historic Site, where members of the Caddo Nation and other celebrants had gathered for the site’s biggest annual event, Caddo Culture Days. Dozens of people were injured, some severely. One person was killed. And the visitor center was destroyed along with a recently-completed Caddo grass house.

Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) Chairman Aimee Jorjani today welcomed Meridian, Idaho, Mayor Robert E. Simison as the ACHP’s new Mayor Member. Mayor Simison was appointed by President Donald J. Trump and was sworn in for a four-year term.

Born and raised in Idaho, Simison graduated from Whitman College where he majored in history. He has served as Meridian mayor since January 2020 and previously was the chief of staff to the mayor since 2007. From 1997 to 2007, Simison was a staff member for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce. He worked with the general counsel on all legislative matters before the committee and handled all process and procedure matters for the committee.