Date:  May 28,2006  Sunday
Time:  noon - 4 pm
Place:  The New Franklin Community Park, 502 S. Broadway

Citizens in Franklin will join thousands of individuals around the country as part of a nationwide celebration of National Preservation Month, May 2006.   “Sustain America - Vision, Economics, and Preservation" is the theme of the month-long celebration, which is sponsored annually by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

“Historic preservation has made great strides in recent years, but our job is by no means complete,” said National Trust President Richard Moe. “Older business districts and residential neighborhoods are still marred by disinvestment and deterioration. Landmarks of the recent past don’t always receive the attention that they deserve. Sprawl continues to devour precious open space and destroy the character that makes each community unique, and laws that protect historic places are under attack. Preservation Month 2006 calls on us to get involved and tackle the new and ongoing challenges we face, and to redouble our efforts to ensure that our movement accurately reflects the vision, energy and diversity of America.”

As part of the month-long celebration, citizens nationwide will celebrate with alumni reunions, career days, pageants, workshops, clean-up days, rallies, re-enactments, and home and garden tours.

In Franklin Preservation Month 2006 will be observed by a Community Picnic with displays, games and programs regarding preservation of historic items remaining after the tornado of 2003 destroyed much of the community. A report on the History Project leading up to the centennial celebration in 2007 will be given.  There will also be an awards ceremony and items will be added to the time capsule.   The picnic will be Sunday, May 28 at the new Franklin Community Park, 502 S. Broadway, Franklin, Ks. There will be dedication of the new park along with recognition of those who have helped with the building of the park, placing the storm siren and building of historic structures within the park.    Food, music and door prizes will be provided.  Bring your own lawn chair. 

The National Trust for Historic Preservation is a private, nonprofit membership organization dedicated to saving historic places and revitalizing America's communities. Recipient of the National Humanities Medal, the Trust was founded in 1949 and provides leadership, education, advocacy, and resources to protect the irreplaceable places that tell America’s story. Staff at the Washington, D.C. headquarters, six regional offices and 28 historic sites work with the Trust’s 270,000 members and thousands of preservation groups in all 50 states. For more information, visit the Trust’s web site at

Come join your neighbors and friends for an afternoon of fun.

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