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Designation allows the city to develop its own historic preservation program

GRAPHIC FILE PHOTO - The Murphy House and other historic buildings in St. Paul could benefit from a recent designation by the state that allows the town to develop its own historic preservation program.

The city of St. Paul has been approved to develop its own historic preservation program.

The city got the nod last week to seek the federal Certified Local Government (CLG) program of the National Park Service, which is coordinated at the state level by the State Historic Preservation Office.

The program requires communities to have a preservation program that includes a board or commission and a process to designate local historic landmarks.

Benefits of participation include technical assistance and grant funding. The city already had a historical resources board, so just needed a few revisions to be certified.

St. Paul has had a historical resources board for years and has accomplished several preservation successes, according to a press release from Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.

Shirley Southerland, board chairwoman, said in a release that the board is looking forward to accessing grant funds and inspiration from other CLGs to bring some fresh energy to the program.

"We are thinking of grants to preserve the stories of our historic homes, involve students in historic preservation and assist in the preservation of a few historic structures," she said.

St. Paul is the 54th local government in Oregon to become a CLG.

For more information about the CLG and other preservation programs, visit www.oregonheritage.org or contact Kuri Gill at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call her at 503-986-0685.

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