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Society and Commission selling park-to-park signs

June 5, 2017 GMT

During a recent Fort Madison City Council meeting, Mayor Brad Randolph proclaimed May as National History Preservation Month.

According to the document read by Randolph, historic preservation is an effective tool for managing growth and sustainable development, revitalizing neighborhoods, fostering local pride and maintaining community character while enhancing livability.

He went on to read, “Historic preservation is relevant for communities across the nation, both urban and rural, and for Americans of all ages, all walks of life and all ethnic backgrounds.”

To celebrate historic preservation, the Fort Madison Historic Preservation Commission and the North Lee County Historical Society have teamed up to do joint projects. One such project involves house signs known as Park-to-Park Historic Residential District signs.

According to North Lee County Historical Society President Andy Andrews, the signs are educational for those going through the area.

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“We are encouraging everybody to mark their residences that are in the National Historic Register so that people who pass by will know that the building is a National Historic House,” Andrews said.

Andrews said signs have been made for this purpose and are available at the North Lee County Historical Society - Santa Fe Museum at 814 10th Street.

“There is a $25 cost for each sign,” Andrews said. “There is an additional $15 cost if you want the connecting sign with the address or the official name of the house. There is a 24-character limit.”

Andrews said for those interested they can call 372-7661 and talk to him.

In addition, the Historic Downtown Business District Main Street Director will be mounting various historic posters in vacant store windows downtown. Orders for Historic Residential District signs should be placed at the North Lee County Museum.