Architectural Scavenger Hunt is featured activity for the month

The City of Bloomfield and Davis County have both proclaimed May 2021 as Historic Preservation Month in recognition of the importance of preserving the historic resources of Bloomfield and Davis County.

The proclamation signed by Mayor Dan Wiegand at the April 15 council meeting and by Supervisors’ Chairman Matt Greiner at the April 26 meeting of the Board of Supervisors follows:

“Whereas, historic preservation is an effective tool for managing growth and sustainable development, revitalizing neighborhoods, fostering local pride and maintaining community character while enhancing livability; and

“Whereas, historic preservation 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; and

“Whereas, it is important to celebrate the role of history in our lives and the contributions made by dedicated individuals in helping to preserve the tangible aspects of the heritage that has shaped us as a people;  

“Now, therefore I, Daniel Wiegand, Mayor, (Matt Greiner, Chairman Board of Supervisors) do hereby proclaim May 2021 as National Preservation Month, and call upon the people of Bloomfield (and Davis County) to join their fellow citizens across the United States in recognizing and participating in this special observance.”

Both historic preservation commissions will be observing the month through special activities and educational resources.

A few of the educational activities planned for the public during this month are:

• The Davis County Historic Preservation Commission is celebrating our historic architectural heritage by sponsoring an Architectural Scavenger Hunt. Forms for the hunt will be available throughout May at the Davis County Recorder’s office. Deadline to return completed forms is June 1.

There are 25 photos of unique architectural sites in Davis County to identify. Correctly completed entries will be included in a drawing, and four winners will each receive a $25 coupon to spend at the Davis County Welcome Center.

• Participation in Bloomfield’s Driving Tour and Walking Tour of historic homes and buildings in Bloomfield. Brochures may be picked up at the Welcome Center or the Bloomfield Main Street office. Narrations may be accessed with cell phones.

• Historic Preservation coloring books. Designed by Deb Baughman, the coloring books may be picked up at the Davis County Courthouse.

Deb Baughman and Jessie Bonner will represent the Davis County Historic Preservation Commission at the Virtual Preserve Iowa Summit June 3 through June 5. Several members of the Bloomfield Historic Preservation Commission will also be in attendance.

The Bloomfield Historic Preservation Commission has recently reorganized and has expressed an interest in collaborating with the Davis County Commission on preservation awareness activities and events.

The Davis County Commission is celebrating its 30th year as part of the Certified Local Government Program. The next meeting of the DC Commission is scheduled for June 23 at 5:30 p.m. in the courtroom. The public is invited to attend.