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     The History of the Heartland committee and the Save the Pump House not-for-profit organization invites any groups, individuals and organizations interested in historic preservation & beautification in Macon County to call (217) 791-1385 or email for information about a new community coalition.

     Beginning this fall, the committee will be sponsoring numerous community events to highlight the need for historic preservation & the stories of the structures and the people of Macon County. There will be many opportunities for organizations and groups to highlight their preservation & beautification efforts within the community.

      “Our goal is to bring together a consortium that will be able to cross reference efforts and encourage groups to reach out to other organizations for assistance with their specialties,” says Board Chairman Bret Robertson. “For example, we would like to see people working on preserving structures work with organizations such as SONA (Sustain Our Natural Areas), Master Gardners or the Beautify Decatur Coalition for landscape ideas.”

     Committee member Ayn Owens explains, “we want to become a clearinghouse of preservation information to assist with future community efforts. Our vision includes community awareness & engagement to assist in preserving our rich history. We are excited at the prospect of putting preservation efforts in the community spotlight.”

     In early June, the committee created and posted an online survey about historic preservation. Over 100 people have taken the survey to date. Decatur and Macon County residents are encouraged to take the 5-minute online. Results of the survey will be continually updated and shared with city officials and any organization interested. The Survey is at the top of the Save The Pump House facebook page or email for the link.

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