Historic Preservation Month

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During the month of May, Main Street Morgantown encourages the community to celebrate National Historic Preservation Month.  Come together as communities across the country celebrate their heritage and preserve their history. Historic preservation is the practice of protecting and preserving buildings, structures, and other artifacts of historical significance. This is important because our built environment is a reflection of our cultural identity, and historic places provide us with a tangible link to our past.

Main Street Morgantown invites you to join our local celebration of National Historic Preservation Month with the theme “People Saving Places."  Notice your surroundings and recognize the beauty and significance of historic buildings and structures. We hope to inspire people to appreciate their surroundings, becoming advocates for preservation and the protection of historic buildings for future generations.

We invite non-profits, government organizations, businesses, and citizens to celebrate Historic Preservation Month in their own way by hosting events, social media campaigns, and other initiatives. Let's work together to raise awareness about the importance of historic preservation and inspire people to take action.

  • Share a photo of a favorite historic building or architectural detail.
  • Organize a display of historic books or photos for others to see.
  • Go on a historic walking tour or organize one of your own.
  • Follow our social media in May for then and now photos of favorite Downtown buildings.

To celebrate Historic Preservation Month, we encourage everyone to share photos and stories of their favorite historic buildings on social media using the hashtags #PeopleSavingPlaces #MorgantownWV and #DowntownMorgantown. Let's build a movement to preserve our history and protect our heritage for generations to come.

Celebrations from across the community

  • Proclamation: May is Historic Preservation Month from Mayor Jenny Selin
  • Historic Preservation Month Social Media Celebration @DowntownMorgantown

Events & Activities

  • Love Where You Live and Work Community Downtown Clean-Up (5/2)
    • 2-5pm with City of Morgantown
  • Spring Arts Walk (5/4) - "People Saving Places - Historic Preservation Month" (link)
    • 11am-3pm High Street, Downtown Morgantown
  • Historic City Hall Ribbon Cutting (5/7)
    • 5:30pm with refreshments & public tours, 389 High Street
  • "Looking Up" Scavenger Hunt
    • Available from Main Street Morgantown & Morgantown History Museum or download
  • Self-Guided Historic Downtown Walking Tours
    • Available from Main Street Morgantown & Morgantown History Museum or download
  • Downtown Mural Walk
    • Available from Main Street Morgantown & Morgantown History Museum or download
  • Morgantown History Museum
    • Free Admission during opening hours (link)

Displays

  • "Morgantown's Black Entrepreneurs of the 19th & 20th Century" by Stewart Williams & Jennie Smith
    • Morgantown Public Library System, Morgantown Branch 2nd Floor
  • Historic City Hall: 100 years of Metropolitan Theatre | Don Knotts 100th Birthday
    • 389 Spruce Street
  • Warner Theater Marquee
    • 147 High Street
  • 'Morgantown Restored' Storefront Activation (link)
    • 141 High Street

Multimedia Celebrations

  • Business Briefing: Historic Preservation Month by Morgantown Area Partnership
  • Morgantown Magazine - Morgantown Lowdown revisits the archives
  • Social Media posts from
    • City of Morgantown
    • The Dominion Post
    • Historic Landmark Commission
    • The Metropolitan Theatre
    • Mon River Trails Conservancy
    • Monongalia Arts Center
    • Morgantown History Museum
    • Morgantown Public Library System & Aull History & Genealogy Research Center
    • Morgantown Utility Board
    • West Virginia Botanic Garden
    • Visit Mountaineer County CVB
    • And more!