City Council recognizes May as National Preservation Month
Due to the proposal of Donald T. Sheehan of the National Trust, the first National Preservation week was in 1973 during the second week of May in an effort to draw attention to the benefits of local, state, and national preservation.
On February 15, 1973, Senator Henry M. Jackson introduced a Joint Congressional Resolution to designate May 6 through 12, 1973 as National Preservation Week, which was signed into law on May 5, 1973.
In 2005, the National Trust expanded National Preservation Week into Preservation Month in an effort to draw more attention to historic places and to promote heritage tourism.
Boston is home to a great number of historic places. Councilor Bok, who filed the resolution said, “This month more than ever, this Council should recognize, protect, and celebrate not only the economic benefits of historic tourism here in Boston, but also the social and educational benefits of preserving our diverse and unique heritage.”
The Council recognized May as National Preservation Month in the City of Boston.