2011-06-11 / Letters

Work Together for Success in Historical Preservation

To the Editor:

While reading a book on the history of the eight mountain towns of Colorado, I read that Telluride was made a National Historic Landmark District in 1964. The people and their leaders wanted and chose to retain the true and authentic character of their downtown with all of its historical character. I find this kind of vision very worthy and telling of their community – to be so mindful is a beautiful thing. They are enlightened.

Here on our small and special Island, my brilliant and decent friends are working so hard for this kind of vision that Telluride, Colorado, proudly exemplifies. My friends understand the history of Mackinac Island and love it with all their hearts and minds. Unfortunately, they are finding this task daunting and difficult because of business people who don’t want to support and believe in a downtown historical district.

Let us hope their eyes will open to a larger picture than what is presently being avoided. Mackinac Island would benefit to have declared their downtown district a Historical Landmark.

Please work together to ensure success in historical preservation.

Theresa Butler

Mackinac Island

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