Lawrence County Judge John Thomison is among 114 officials in 63 counties who have declared May as Historic Preservation Month and Arkansas Heritage Month.
“As we enjoy these month-long celebrations of our Arkansas heritage, we hope all of the people of Arkansas will take time to reflect on the importance of their local historic sites, especially those listed on the National Register of Historic Places,” Department of Arkansas Heritage Director Stacy Hurst said. (A list of Lawrence County’s National Register properties can be found at
Judge Thomison’s proclamation reads as follows:
“WHEREAS, historic preservation is an effective tool for managing growth, revitalizing neighborhoods, fostering local pride and maintaining community character while enhancing livability; and
“WHEREAS, 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; and
“WHEREAS, it is important to celebrate the role of history in our lives and the contributions made by dedicated individuals in helping to preserve the tangible aspects of the heritage that has shaped us as a people; and
“WHEREAS, “This Place Matters! ” is the theme for National Preservation Month 2017 and “A State of War: Arkansas RemembersWorld War I” is the theme for Arkansas Heritage Month, cosponsored by Lawrence County, the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, the Department of Arkansas Heritage and the National Trust for Historic Preservation
“NOW, THEREFORE, I, John Thomison, do proclaim May 2017 as National Preservation Month and Arkansas Heritage Month and call upon the people of Lawrence County to join their fellow citizens across the United States in recognizing and participating in this special observance.”
For a list of Arkansas Heritage Month events, visit
For information, call the AHPP at (501) 324-9880, write the agency at 1100 North Street, Little Rock, AR 72201, send an e-mail message to, or visit
The AHPP is the Department of Arkansas Heritage agency responsible for identifying, evaluating, registering and preserving the state’s cultural resources. Other agencies are the Arkansas Arts Council, the Delta Cultural Center in Helena, the Old State House Museum, the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, the Historic Arkansas Museum and the Arkansas State Archives.