Preserve Our Past of Little Falls salutes the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, our country’s first and most important legislation on the subject. This law established the National Register of Historic Places in America and outlined the procedures required to be a member of this prestigious list. The establishment of the north side Little Falls Historic District placed 345 buildings on the national register and the Canal Place district centered in the shopping area also added additional buildings. Buildings outside the districts such as City Hall, Emmanuel Episcopal Church, and the former Masonic Temple, are a few of the individual members on the register
The National Preservation Act also called for the establishment of historic preservation offices in every state called SHPOs which are required to administer the national program at the state level. New York State’s office is located on Peebles Island, Waterford, New York and houses the executive offices, the conservators who work with state owned objects, technical advisors and field representatives assigned to various counties in the state. Herkimer County’s field reps have been to central New York many times to answer questions, evaluate property, lead workshops, and provide technical advice on restoration problems.
Little Falls has made significant progress in advancing the cause of historic preservation within the city limits. In order to honor local Individual property owners in Little Falls who have renovated their vintage buildings in accordance with historic preservation standards, Preserve Our Past has awarded bi-annual certificates of excellence to owners selected by the organization’s board of directors. This program has been in action for the past fifteen years and has been a source of pride for both the historic preservation organization and property owners at every level.
Nan Ressue, POP Chair