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By virtue of the authority vested by the Constitution of Virginia in the Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, there is hereby officially recognized:

National Historic Preservation Month

WHEREAS, Virginians are proud of the Commonwealth’s rich and diverse history that extends approximately 16,000 years or more; and

WHEREAS, this legacy gave rise to one of the earliest state historical societies in 1831; the first national preservation movement in the 1850s; one of the earliest statewide private preservation organizations in 1889; and the nation’s first historical highway marker program in 1927; and

WHEREAS, the vast legacy propelled creation of the Virginia Historic Landmarks Commission in 1966, predecessor of today’s Department of Historic Resources (DHR), and the Commonwealth’s preservation easement program and the Virginia Landmarks Register; and

WHEREAS, the Virginia Landmarks Register and the National Register of Historic Places now lists more than 3,400 individual sites and nearly 600 districts that highlight the significant contributions of many diverse populations to the storied tapestry of the Commonwealth’s and the nation’s history; and

WHEREAS, since 1966, Virginia property owners have donated to the Commonwealth more than 690 preservation easements and have preserved more than 45,000 acres in Virginia affiliated with historic houses, buildings, archaeological sites, and battlefields, while keeping these lands in private ownership; and

WHEREAS, since 1927, the Commonwealth has erected 2,900 historical highway markers and 7 Green Book plaques that highlight people, places, or events important at the regional, state, or national level; and

WHEREAS, heritage tourism adds more than $7.7 billion annually to Virginia’s economy, and tax credit rehabilitation of Virginia’s historic buildings has leveraged more than $6.8 billion in private investments, resulting in tens of thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in rehabilitation and post-rehabilitation spending that ripple across the state’s economy; and

WHEREAS, historic preservation fosters community pride about history in the “places that matter” where we live, work, and play in Virginia; thus, it is important to celebrate Virginia’s history and its impact on our lives and communities;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Glenn Youngkin, do hereby recognize May 2024, as NATIONAL HISTORIC PRESERVATION MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.