Mapping the Trail of Tears in Illinois, Yakima buildings endangered, and MySurveyLA launches

According to The Southern.com, WSIU Public Broadcasting will use their grant from PBS and WGBH Boston to host community events designed to emphasize the Native history and culture in Southern Illinois. Events will include a traveling “Mapping the Trail of Tears in Southern Illinois” exhibit, archeologist Mark Wagner’s presentation on Native American art, and craft workshops in which residents can help make a commemorative quilt depicting the Native American experience in Southern Illinois.

Yakima, Washington’s A Street buildings are facing inevitable destruction. Despite preservationists’ attempts to save the structures (which they have argued are valuable to the community), no private investors are willing to pay the $1.6 million it would cost to renovate the area. Without buyers for the buildings, the Yakima County Commissioners approved the demolition contract for $125,000. Read more about the issue at KNDO and the Yakima Herald.

Artdaily.org writes about MYSurveyLA – Preserving Los Angeles, a day-long event that which be held April 4. Los Angeles residents are invited to tell about important places in their neighborhood or city. Survey teams will use this information to identify historic sites and develop a comprehensive preservation program for the city. There will also be screenings of SurveyLA: Preserving Los Angeles throughout the day and a panel discussion about city issues with city officials and preservationists. Learn more about the event at SurveyLA.

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