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Office of the Secretary
August 14, 2007
Bruce Milhans
Office: 202-606-8513
Cell: 202-550-7165

Mississippi Preserve America Communities, Grantees Celebrate in Vicksburg with Gov. Barbour, City and Federal Officials


Mississippi Preserve America Communities and Grant recipients will gather in Vicksburg to celebrate their status, projects, and programs and have their heritage tourism and preservation accomplishments recognized by Gov. Haley Barbour and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP), which helps administer the White House’s Preserve America initiative.

The event is being held in conjunction with the ACHP summer business meeting. The Preserve America event is open to media.

Who: Participants will include the following:
  • Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour
  • Vicksburg Mayor Laurence Leyens
  • ACHP Chairman John L. Nau, III
  • Mitch Butler, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Fish, Wildlife, and Parks, Department of the Interior
  • Officials representing most of the 14 Mississippi Preserve America Communities and four Preserve America Grant recipients
  • Other members of the ACHP

The 14 Preserve America Communities in Mississippi are Baldwyn, Biloxi, Canton, Cleveland, Columbus, Corinth, Greenwood, Hattiesburg, Leland, Oxford, Pascagoula, Port Gibson, Raymond, and Vicksburg.

The four Preserve America Grant recipients in Mississippi are the Mississippi State Historic Preservation Office, “Rebuilding Mississippi’s Heritage Tourism Industry Post Hurricane Katrina;” Biloxi, “Heritage Tourism Marketing Program;” Corinth, “Corinth Civil War Preservation Project;” and Vicksburg, “Regional Tribute to the 150th Anniversary of the Vicksburg Campaign.”

Where: Southern Cultural Heritage Center, 1885 Auditorium, 1302 Adams Street (Enter on Crawford Street)
When: Thursday, August 16, 2007, beginning at 10 a.m. and ending at 11 a.m. Press should arrive by 9:30 a.m.

About the ACHP: The ACHP, an independent federal agency, promotes the preservation, enhancement, and productive use of the nation’s historic resources and advises the President and Congress on national historic preservation policy. It also provides a forum for influencing federal activities, programs, and policies that impact historic properties. In addition, the ACHP has a key role in carrying out the Administration’s Preserve America initiative. See www.achp.gov for more information. Information on the Preserve America initiative is available at www.preserveamerica.gov.


1100 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Suite 803 Washington, DC 20004
Phone: 202-606-8503 Fax: 202-606-8647 www.PreserveAmerica.gov

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