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City wants historic location pics; May is Historic Preservation Month


The City of Las Cruces wants photos of your favorite historic locations in the city.

In a news release, City Preservation Specialist Troy Ainsworth invited people to submit photos of these locations on the city’s Facebook page: @CityofLasCruces. Visit the city’s historic preservation website (www.las-cruces.org/1738/Preserving-Our-History) for more information.

May is national Historic Preservation Month, “whereby towns and cities nationwide promote their uniqueness and the richness of their respective heritage,” the city said in a May 18 news release.

For Las Cruces, Historic Preservation Month 2020 offers a distinctive moment to acknowledge a rich past and a bright future, particularly for the steps it has taken over the past year to promote its history and buildings,” the news release said.

In 2019, the city created a staff position for a preservation planner, adopted a historic preservation ordinance and has appointed seven residents to serve on the city’s Historic Preservation Commission. In recent years, community-driven organizations such as Las Esperanzas, the Amador Hotel Foundation and the Doña Ana County Historical Society have promoted the community’s history that includes the historical architectural structures.

Preservation Month began as National Preservation Week, May 6-12, 1973. The National Trust for Historic Places (NTHP) expanded it to the entire month of May in 2005. Visit www.savingplaces.org/. The Las Cruces City Council proclaimed May as Historic Preservation Month at its May 18 regular meeting.