Public Meeting for Historical Survey in Mt. Pleasant

There will be a public meeting on the historical and architectural survey project in the meeting room on the third story of the Union Block in Mt. Pleasant. This will take place at 6:30pm on September 18th, and is for the buildings in downtown Mt. Pleasant.

Project consultant Rebecca Lawin McCarley of SPARK Consulting, Cedar Rapids, will present information on the project.  This historical survey began in June, and it will continue into early 2024.

This project is spearheaded by the Mount Pleasant Historic Preservation Commission and funded by Certified Local Government (CLG) grant. Main Street Mount Pleasant and Henry County Heritage Trust are partners with the commission on this project, supporting their efforts to recognize the significant history and architecture found in downtown Mount Pleasant.

The goal of the historical and architectural survey is to research and evaluate the significance of the individual buildings in downtown Mount Pleasant, as well as assess the possibility of listing a historic district on the National Register of Historic Places in the future.

The survey area for the project encompasses the buildings around the square, as well as additional historic commercial buildings extending out from the square along Jefferson St, Main St, Monroe St, Washington St, and adjacent blocks.  A total of 139 downtown properties are included in this project.  The resources in downtown Mount Pleasant are primarily commercial, with some additional public, religious, and residential buildings as well.

The public meeting on Monday September 18 at 6:30 p.m. will be followed immediately by a volunteer meeting for current volunteers and training for any additional residents interested in volunteering to assist with the project.

They currently are looking for volunteers who are needed to complete research, type summaries, and take photographs. Interested volunteers of all backgrounds can make positive contributions to this project.