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State Historic Preservation Office to sponsor Preservation Plan public meeting for the Eastern Panhandle

The State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) of the West Virginia Division of Culture and History will host a public meeting to discuss the development of a historic preservation plan for the Eastern Panhandle region of the state on Friday, Oct. 21, 2005 at 11 a.m., at the Federal Building (Boreman Art Centre), 300 King Street,Martinsburg. Local residents are invited to join the discussion and add their input.

State historic preservation officer and Division commissioner Troy O. Body and deputy state historic preservation officer Susan Pierce will be present to discuss the region’s needs, comprehensive solutions and strategies that can promote growth and protect historic resources.

The comprehensive historic preservation plan for the Eastern Panhandle region will include the counties of Berkeley, Jefferson, Morgan, Mineral, Grant, Hardy and Hampshire. The plan will be produced through a process involving the public, identified preservation partners, and government officials and agencies.

Reservations are encouraged. For more information about the meeting or to make a reservation, contact Susan Holbrook at (304) 558-0240, ext. 722, or e-mail susan.holbrook@wvculture.org.

The West Virginia Division of Culture and History, an agency of the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts, brings together the state’s past, present and future through programs and services in the areas of archives and history, the arts, historic preservation and museums. The Cultural Center is West Virginia’s official showcase for the arts. Visit the Division’s website at www.wvculture.org for more information about programs of the Division. The Division of Culture and History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

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