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Maplewood Resident Interested in Forming Historical Group

A lover of history, old homes and architecture wonders why there's no society devoted to Maplewood history; he'd like to get one going.

 

Greenwood neighborhood resident, Luke Havel, submitted the following .

As a Maplewood resident, I have often wondered why there is no official Historic Group or Society for the more than a century old city.

If you are like me and love history, old homes and architecture or are just a curious mind, you have probably wondered the same thing.  Maybe you would like to know more about your home, when was it built?  Who lived there?  Did it always look this way?  What stories are these walls waiting to tell?

My own quest to learn more about the history of my home has led me to believe that we need a group like this in Maplewood. 

Maplewood has many wonderful examples of "turn of the century" architecture, such as, American Foursquare, Bungalow, Folk Victorian and a few Gothic Revival and all of them provide their own historical significance.

I am interested in starting a group whose goal would be to preserve the historic architecture, neighborhoods, and character of Maplewood through informed citizen involvement and education.  An organization like this could provide many great benefits to a community like Maplewood that has such rich history and architecture. 

With May, National Historic Preservation Month, being a couple months away, now seems like a great time to get the wheels in motion.  I would like to know if other members of the Maplewood community are interested in organizing and joining a group with the goals mentioned above.

About this column: Maplewood-Brentwood Patch posts your ideas, thoughts and concerns regarding major topics around town. Submit your letters to editor Doug Miner at doug.miner@patch.com. Please limit your letters to 300 words or less and include your full name, age, residence and telephone number (for verification purposes).

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