LEESVILLE, LA –Leesville Main Street Manager, Sam Kincade, has been appointed as a new member of the Louisiana National Register of Historic Places.
Kincade was appointed by the State Historic Preservation Officer and will be confirmed a member of the committee by the Louisiana Senate. The appointment is a volunteer, three-year commitment. In order to qualify, a candidate must hold at least a master’s degree or equivalent. Kincade has earned his master’s in Historic Preservation and has participated in historic groups in Missouri before moving to Leesville. Kincade attended his first meeting July 24, where he and fellow committee members reviewed five applications for historic registration.
“My goal is to move the committee forward,” Kincade said. “I want to share my experience and knowledge in order to build the number of historic places Louisiana has to offer. I want to challenge the processes currently used to push nominations to the next level and apply my training to my passion for historic preservation. Not only does Louisiana have a lot to offer, but so does Leesville. This is a great opportunity to bring more historic credibility to an area that greatly deserves it.”
The committee meets three times a year to vote on nominations for review. Currently, Louisiana has over 1,300 nominations accepted to the National Registry.
Nominations are based on four criteria: a) properties associated with important American history moments, b) properties linked to significant people in history, c) properties that demonstrate America’s response to culture and technology, and d) properties associated with potential historical information for archeological sites.
Historical preservation does more than just place a marker on a building or side of the road. Preservation helps create and maintain a cultural, educational, and economical environment for current and future generations.
The next meeting is scheduled for November. If you are interested in finding out more information for how to apply for a national site, please visit the Louisiana Historic Preservation page at: http://www.crt.state.la.us/cultural-development/historic-preservation/.