First Lady Michelle Obama has announced 15 new Preserve America Communities. And one of them is Hamburg in Ashley County! This addition brings the total to 25 communities in Arkansas and 858 around the country.
The Preserve America designation recognizes Hamburg’s efforts to preserve and promote local heritage. Highlights include the Hamburg Commercial Historic District and several individually structures listed on the National Register for Historic Places. In recent years, volunteers have restored the Watson House for use at the Ashley County Museum.
Representatives of Ashley County and the Ashley County Museum worked with the Historic Preservation Alliance of Arkansas to develop a preservation plan, which the Hamburg City Council adopted in October.
The Preserve America Community program recognizes a select group of communities that use their heritage resources to share the benefits of historic preservation with residents and visitors. The program began in 2003 and Preserve America communities are now located in all 50 states and many overseas U.S. territories. Preserve America is administered by the ACHP with assistance from the U.S. Department of the Interior. For more information check out www.preserveamerica.gov
and www.achp.gov. Congratulations to Hamburg!