May is [Virtual] Preservation Month.
Unfortunately for the Preservation Alliance of Lafayette, and most other organizations, the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the usual course of business and recreation. Although social distancing recommendations keep us from hosting many events we had planned for 2020, we are still able to connect with members and supporters in the virtual realm. In honor of Preservation Month, check out the below links for insightful virtual opportunities related to historic preservation. (That is not to say we won’t be hosting any live events this year. Stay tuned!)
Neither can the pandemic stop us from rolling out our brand new website and logo, designed by local artist Tommy Hughes. We can’t wait for the big reveal, complete with swag for our members!
Ordinarily, we would be hosting our annual membership meeting and renewing memberships this month. Under the circumstances, we are delaying our annual membership drive until late-Summer 2020. Be on the look-out for your membership renewal letter. We are offering reduced membership rates through the end of 2020. This year we are moving to a uniform membership cycle, which will run from May 1 to April 30 each year. Additional details will be provided in the forthcoming member letter.
Old City Hall (Circa 1898) – Located on Main Street across from the 19th Judicial District Court, this stately Italianate designed by notable local architect of the era, George Knapp, has served as the Bank of Lafayette, Lafayette City Hall, and is now home to the Council for the Development of French in Louisiana (Louisiana’s state agency for the French language, and also known as CODIFIL).
Celebrate Virtual Preservation Month
As you’re surfing the internet wave while stuck at home, check out these resources for virtual tours and other information:
- National Trust for Historic Preservation Virtual Experiences
- Preservation Resource Center Online Videos and Classes
- Meet the Louisiana Trust for Historic Preservation
- Support Downtown Lafayette, Vermilionville, and other organizations championing preservation in Acadiana
- Browse historic properties available for sale, even if it’s only wishful thinking.