PRESENTATION – Mayor Mike Hendricks presents Shelly Moore of Main Street with a proclamation naming May National Preservation Month in Luling. Also pictures are from left, James Montgomery, Judy Hoffmeister, Martha Velasquez, City Manager Mark Mayo, Annie Gonzales, Jennifer Staton, Lem Allen, and LMS Manager Derek Hall.
Members of the Luling Main Street organization, City of Luling officials, and others gathered at 401 E. Davis Street Tuesday for the presentation of a National Preservation Month proclamation by Mayor Mike Hendricks.
“Historic preservation is an effective tool for managing growth and sustainable development, revitalizing neighborhoods, fostering local pride and maintaining community character while enhancing livability,” the proclamation states. “It is relevant for communities across the nation, both urban and rural, and for Americans of all ages, all walks of life, and all ethnic backgrounds.” The special month will be celebrated the entire month of May.
Mayor Mike Hendricks expressed his appreciation to the members of the Main Street Board, noting that they are working diligently with local business owners and City personnel to enhance Luling’s Main Street area.
National Preservation Month was established in 1973 by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. This event is co-sponsored by local preservation groups, State historical societies, and business and civic organizations across the country. During Preservation Month, many events and activities are planned to promote historic places for the purpose of instilling national and community pride, promoting heritage tourism, and showing the social and economic benefits of historic preservation. Thousands of people participate annually in Preservation Month celebrations.
Preservation is a key element of Luling Main Street’s mission statement and it is a very important aspect of trying to revitalize a business district. James Montgomery, who has been a champion for preservation and whose efforts have set the standard for others when it comes to restoration projects in the Luling community, was recognized during the Tuesday gathering. Montgomery has restored many properties in this area and the building at 401 E. Davis St. is just one of the many that he has tried to restore to its original look. There are several other individuals in this community who have undertaken restoration projects, and Preservation Month is a perfect time to applaud their efforts.
“Luling is extremely lucky to have several people who are champions for preservation,” said Derek Hall, Luling Main Street manager. “They have stepped up big time and their efforts are improving the quality of life around here for a lot of people.”