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By Chris Davis

On February 5, Mayor Michael Herman and I attended a meeting of the Governor's Consulting Committee of the Maryland Historical Trust in support of the Riverdale Park and West Riverdale National Register Historic Districts nominations. Nearly 20 historic districts and sites across the state were reviewed during the day-long meeting.

After an hour's discussion, the committee voted unanimously in favor of both districts (and also of Calvert Hills in College Park).

After some minor corrections to both nomination packets, the committee sent its support to the U.S. Department of the Interior. The town and the county's Historic Preservation Commission should learn of the federal government's decision within 90 days.

For more information, watch upcoming issues of the Town Crier. For those inside the potential districts, watch your mailbox for more information about National Register districts and what they mean for you.

Should both districts be accepted, the town will be looking for innovative ways to celebrate the end of our decade-long quest for recognition. Those interested in helping to plan the celebration can contact me or attend the March 21 meeting of the Preservation Association of Riverdale Park, 7:30 p.m., at the Town Hall.

Chris Davis, Ward 4 Councilmember, is president of the Preservation Association of Riverdale Park; 301-277-6615, cdavis@apa.org.

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