Nominations open for 2010 Places in Peril

Submitted by Sammy Smith (sammy@thesga.org)

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Metcalf is a south Georgia community established in the late nineteenth-century. It has recently been threatened by developers. The Trust placed Metcalf on its 2009 Places in Peril list.

Each fall since 2005, the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation has released a list of the ten most endangered historic properties in the state. They are now soliciting nominations to the 2010 list. Applications are due on June 5.

Nominated properties must be “historically significant, significantly threatened, have demonstrated community commitment, have a reasonable potential for a positive outcome, or highlight statewide threats to historic properties and represent diversity in terms of geographical distribution, variety of property/building types, and issues and constituencies served.”

The Trust will work with preservation groups at each selected property to help form a preservation strategy that the local community can use going forward to save the property. The 2009 properties (announced in fall 2008) have received nearly $50,000 in matching grants to help with the preservation process.

Fort Daniel was on the 2009 list. The Gwinnett Archaeological Research Society, a chapter of the SGA, has been active in leading preservation efforts at this historic site, including establishing their own separate website to chronicle their efforts.

Most Places in Peril are standing structures. Please take the time to consider an archaeological site that fits the Trust criteria. Your group can use listing on the Places in Peril list to leverage your preservation efforts. Read about the Places in Peril program here. Find the nomination form by clicking here. View the 2009 Places in Peril here.