Nominations for future historical plaques now open

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The successful historical plaque tour co-hosted last September by Jefferson Matters: Main Street and the Greene County Historical Society last September garnered donations to be used for the purchase of additional historical plaques for the lamp posts around Jefferson’s courthouse square.  Many ideas for future plaques were shared that day.

The Main Street promotion committee is asking area residents to nominate a Greene County event, place or person to be the honored on a plaque. The guidelines and nomination form are available at the Jefferson Matters: Main Street Office at 110 W. Lincoln Way or can be accessed on their website at www.jeffersonmatters.org under Historical Plaque. There is not a limit to the number of nominees.

There are several important criteria for the nomination for an historical plaque. An event needs to have taken place at least 25 years ago or the nominated person needs to have been deceased for at least 25 years.  A summary of why this nomination is important and why it should be so recognized is required in the application.

This lamp post program began in 2013 as part of the streetscape project with the city of Jefferson, Greene County, and the Jefferson Matters promotion committee. Ten plaques were designed and placed on lamp posts on the downtown square. QR codes are on each plaque for visitors to access more information on each recipient. These 10 were highlighted in last fall’s historical plaque walk.

The promotion committee and the Historical Society plan to partner again next fall to host another historical walk, with this one including the new plaque nominees. For that reason, nominations should be received by June 20. Those attending the historical walk will be able to vote to determine which nominee should be honored first and as more funds are received, those that follow.

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