In 2005, the National Trust for Historic Preservation extended their week-long celebration of preservation to the entire month of May and declared it Preservation Month in order to promote historic places and heritage tourism, and that demonstrate the social and economic benefits of historic preservation.
In celebration of National Preservation Month, the Preservation Society will embark on a series of events to educate and raise awareness about the importance of advocacy and historic preservation. Charleston has become synonymous with the work of historic preservation, not only because it is one of America’s oldest cities, but because of the role it has played in establishing the preservation field. Founded in 1920, the PSC was the first grassroots historic preservation organization in the country, and subsequently, Charleston was the first city to pass a local zoning ordinance that protected historic buildings. This ordinance served as a model for hundreds of municipalities in the U.S. and has made Charleston the unique and beloved city that it is today.
For this reason, the Society celebrates the role of historic preservation in Charleston all month long. With this year’s lineup of events, the Society hopes to spark interest in the city’s rich and storied past, shine a light on the pressing advocacy issues facing Charleston, and showcase the remarkable preservation projects taking place in and around the city. Best of all, Preservation Month events provide a wonderful opportunity to connect with all our community partners, residents, local businesses, and friends of the Society.