Jackson County Judge Jeff Phillips is among 115 officials in 58 counties who have declared May as Historic Preservation Month, AHPP Director Frances McSwain announced today.

"The theme of Historic Preservation Month 2013 is 'See! Save! Celebrate!' and 'Saving Our Heritage: Arkansas's Historic Structures' is the theme for Arkansas Heritage Month," McSwain said. " We hope all of the people of Arkansas will take time to reflect on the importance of their local historic sites, especially those listed on the National Register of Historic Places." A list of County's National Register can be found at http://www.arkansaspreservation.com/historic-properties/nationalregister/search.aspx. Judge Phillips' proclamation reads as follows: "Whereas, historic preservation is an effective tool for managing growth, revitalizing neighborhoods, fostering local pride and maintaining community character while enhancing livability ; and "Whereas, historic preservation is relevant for communities across the nation, both urban and rural, and for Americans of all ages, all walks of lie and all ethnic backgrounds; and "Whereas, it is important to celebrate the role of history in our lives and the contributions made by dedicated individuals in helping to preserve the tangible aspects of the heritage that has shaped us as a people; and "Whereas, 'See! Save! Celebrate!' is the theme fro National Preservation Month 2013 and 'Saving our Heritage: Arkansas Historic Structures, is the theme for Arkansas Heritage Month, cosponsored by Jackson County, the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, the department of Arkansas Heritage and the National Trust for Historic Preservation "Now, Therefore, I, Jeff Phillips, County Judge of Jackson County, Arkansas, do proclaim May 2013 as National Preservation Month and call upon the people of Jackson County to join their fellow citizens across the United States in recognizing and participating in this special observance." For a list of Arkansas Heritage Moth events, visit http://www.arkansasheritage.com/plan/heritage_month.aspx. For information, call the AHPP at (501) 324-9880, writhe the agency at 1500 Tower Building, 323 Center St., Little Rock, AR 72201, send an e-mail message to info@arkansaspreservation.org, or visit www.arkansaspreservation.org. The AHPP is the Department of Arkansas Heritage agency responsible for identifying, evaluating, registering and preserving the state's cultural resources. Other agencies are the Arkansas Arts Council, the Delta Cultural Center in Helena, the Old State House Museum, the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission and the Historic Arkansas Museum.