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Redmond Historic Landmarks Commission sets events to mark Historic Preservation Month

REDMOND, Ore. (KTVZ) – Celebrate May, Historic Preservation Month, by participating in this year’s historic preservation activities. The Redmond Historic Landmarks Commission has organized something for all ages: a coloring contest for those age 10 and under, a photo contest for those over age 18 and two historic lectures for all ages.

Contest guidelines and lecture details are available online at www.redmondoregon.gov/HLCevents.

“We are excited to still be able to put on activities, albeit virtually this year, that allow citizens to celebrate Historic Preservation Month. This year’s activities are intended to provide opportunities for citizens to showcase and learn about Redmond’s history,” said Kyle Roberts, Senior Planner and staff liaison to the Historic Landmarks Commission.

Two historic focused lectures will be hosted online.  On Wednesday, May 19, beginning at 6:00 PM, Dr. Pat O’Grady from the University of Oregon will discuss the archaeology of the Redmond Caves. This presentation is hosted courtesy of the Deschutes County Library, Redmond Branch. The second lecture, From Canvas Tents to the Contemporary: An Overview of Redmond’s Historic Residential Architecture bySarah Martin of SJM Cultural Resource Services, is slated for Thursday, May 27at 6:00 PM.

For those over age 18, there will be a month-long historic photo contest. Participants are invited to share a photo(s) considered part of Redmond’s history. Submissions will be reviewed, and finalists’ photos will be posted to the Historic Landmarks Commission’s facebook.com/RedmondHLC page. Prizes will be awarded to the top finalists.

Beginning Saturday, May 1, children 10 years old and under will have the opportunity to put their artistic skills to work by taking part in a coloring contest. Participants will create their own colorful renditions of the historic Redmond City Hall building. Submissions will be accepted until May 31.  The top two entries will receive a gift.

To learn more about all the Redmond’s HLC Historic Preservation Month activities, or to download lecture links and contest guidelines, visit www.redmondoregon.gov/HLCevents.  Have questions, please contact Kyle Roberts, Senior Planner at 541-923-7758 or kyle.roberts@redmondoregon.gov.

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The purpose of the City of Redmond Historic Landmarks Commission is to preserve and promote Redmond’s history and culture by:

1.     Identifying, evaluating, and designating historic and cultural resources in the City of Redmond as landmarks.

2.     Informing and educating the public on the historic and architectural significance of the designated landmarks.

3.     Informing and educating the public on the value of preserving Redmond’s historic and cultural resources.

4.     Soliciting grants and other resources to help promote, advocate, and undertake preservation projects in the City of Redmond.

5.     Protecting and enhance the City’s attraction to residents, tourists and visitors and serve as a support and stimulus to business and industry.

6.     Strengthening the economy of the City.

7.     Stabilizing and improving property values.

8.     Any other activities that will help preserve and promote Redmond’s history and culture.

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