Workshop gives tips for engaging Douglas County youth in preserving cultural resources

Douglas County Heritage Conservation Council and City of Lawrence, KS, News Release

Contact: Jan Shupert-Arik, Program Manager
Douglas County Heritage Conservation Council

Monday, April 20, 2015

Workshop in Douglas County provides tips for Engaging Youth to Protect Our Cultural Resources

Douglas County Heritage Conservation Council (DCHCC) and the City of Lawrence, KS, are offering a workshop for the public in Douglas County, Engaging Youth to Protect Our Cultural Resources, on Thursday, May 14, 2015 6:30 p.m., at the Watkins Museum of History, 1047 Massachusetts St., Lawrence, in the Community Room.

As historical and cultural preservation organizations, we must continually seek ways to engage volunteers and those who can help tell the story of Lawrence and Douglas County’s diverse and storied past. There is one particular demographic that is underrepresented, but very necessary to help sustain our organizations into the future – the youth of our community.

In order to ensure continued interest in preserving Douglas County’s natural and cultural resources, the Douglas County Heritage Conservation Council and the City of Lawrence invite the public to a special workshop that will focus on how to engage youth in local preservation and conservation efforts.

The workshop will include an overview of successful programs across the nation and a brainstorming session on how to engage high school and middle school students by connecting them to local historic, cultural, and natural resources. The goal of the workshop is to help local organizations identify programs where youth can participate and be introduced to preservation. Ultimately, the future of our organizations rely on turning the youth of our community into preservation advocates to save the places that matter in Douglas County. 

Local organizations interested in engaging youth in their missions of preservation, advocacy, and education, are invited to attend. The workshop is free and registration is not required but is helpful to prepare workshop materials and ensure space availability.
Please RSVP to jshupertarick@douglas-county.com or by calling the DCHCC office at 785-330-2878.

This workshop has been financed in part with Federal funds from the National Park Service, a division of the United States Department of the Interior, and administrated by the Kansas Historical Society. The contents and opinions, however, do not necessarily reflect the view or policies of the United States Department of the Interior or the Kansas Historical Society.

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