First Lady honors Flagler County

Last Updated: Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Flagler County is honored to be designated as a Preserve America Community.

The designation, by First Lady Michelle Obama, recognizes Flagler County’s efforts to preserve its rich history. The county will receive a certificate signed by the First Lady and the honor qualifies the entire county for grants associated with the federal program.

“The president and I want to congratulate all of the Preserve America Communities and thank them for their commitment to protecting and strengthening America’s cultural and natural heritage,” Mrs. Obama said.

Communities designated receive national attention for their accomplishments in preserving special places and telling the nation’s story. The benefits of the program include use of the Preserve America logo, listing in a web-based directory that showcases Flagler County’s preservation efforts and heritage tourism destinations. Preserve America communities are listed in “Discover Our Shared Heritage” National Register Travel Itineraries, as well as in “Teaching With Historic Places” materials created by the National Park Service.

“This is the result of Flagler County’s consistent efforts to preserve our rich history and tell our story to the public,” County Commission Chairman Nate McLaughlin said. “It is a national honor and we are proud to be a Preserve America community.”

The program involves more than just recognition. In a partnership with Washington Oaks State Park, Flagler County and the State Park received a $22,000 Preserve America grant for signage in the historic areas of the park.

The Preserve America program is a federal initiative which encourages and supports community efforts to preserve the country’s cultural and natural heritage. The advisory Council on Historic Preservation administers the program with the Department of Interior, with cooperation with the White House and 10 other federal agencies.