People Saving Places For People

Dear Friends,
 
I wanted to provide a quick update on decisions we’ve had to make at Landmarks Illinois to respond to the ongoing pandemic. First and foremost, Landmarks Illinois is respecting shelter-in-place orders, as well as putting the focus on immediate public needs, by cancelling a number of our spring programs and events. This includes our 2020 Most Endangered Historic Places in Illinois, which we’d planned to announce in Springfield April 22. 

The decision to cancel our largest annual advocacy program was not easy, since it directly embodies our mission to help people save places for people. This will mark the first time in 26 years that Landmarks Illinois will not publish a list of the state’s most threatened historic places. These places are important to us, and to our broader community, but we did not feel it appropriate to draw attention away from what is most important at the moment: people’s lives.

Let me personally thank everyone who nominated a historic place to our 2020 Most Endangered list. Your advocacy is critical to saving our state’s unique and storied places, and your efforts will not be forgotten. While we won’t publish our Most Endangered list this year, we will draw attention in other ways to the opportunities around these places and how they can contribute to future community recovery. Stay tuned for more to come in the months ahead.

This is also a reminder that, as previously reported, our Spring Preservation Snapshots Lecture Series has been canceled . There will be no lectures in April or May.

For all of these disruptions, one of our primary and impactful programs continues on schedule: our small grants program . Stay tuned in the weeks ahead for an announcement on the latest grant recipients of our Preservation Heritage Fund Grant Program . We are proud to provide critical financial support to help people save places in their communities, even during these challenging times. We hope you will find this news inspiring and uplifting and share the program information with an organization in need.

Lastly, Landmarks Illinois staff continues to work remotely to abide by the state’s shelter-in-place order. The Landmarks Illinois offices in Chicago and Springfield remain closed at least through April 30. The best way to contact team members is via email. You can find each staff member’s email addresses at our website here . We remain committed to providing resources and expertise to the people of Illinois during this time.

Thank you, and take care.

Bonnie McDonald
President & CEO
Landmarks Illinois
 

P.S. Don’t forget to share your #mysacredground stories with us! Post a photo and description of a “sacred” place that is providing comfort and inspiration during this difficult time. Tag us on Facebook & Twitter @landmarksill and on Instagram @landmarksillinois!
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