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Press Release - State Historic Preservation Board to Meet

Contact: Lorna Meidinger

State Historic Preservation Board to Meet

BISMARCK – The North Dakota State Historic Preservation Review Board will meet Friday, January 25, 2013, at 10 a.m. in the Legislative Assembly Room at the North Dakota Heritage Center in Bismarck. The meeting is open to the public. The board reviews nominations to the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) prior to their submission to the Keeper of the NRHP for official consideration.

Swedish Zion Lutheran Church, also known as the Swede Church and the Stone Church, near Bottineau is being nominated for its Late Gothic Revival architecture, its role in the settlement of the area, and its ethnic heritage. The first stone was laid in 1903, and the church served an active congregation until 1938. Since that time it has been maintained as a local landmark and as a symbol of the Swedish pioneer settlement.

The National Register of Historic Places is the nation’s list of properties considered worthy of preservation. The documentation process for listing demonstrates that resource is significant in some aspect of the nation’s history. Contrary to some misconceptions about the National Register program, listing in it does not prevent owners from altering their property, restricting the use or sale of the property, or establishing times requiring the property must be open to the public. Entry into the National Register of Historic Places does give a property prestige, provides protection from federally-assisted projects, and provides eligibility for certain preservation financial incentives.

For more information, contact the state historic preservation office at 701.328.2089.

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