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Preservation Racine, Inc., is a private, non-profit organization established in 1973. An active group from its inception, volunteers have restored historic homes, moved homes to avoid demolition, published several booklets, prepared and presented educational material to be used in classrooms, and host monthly meetings. An annual fund raising event began in 1974, which was our first Tour of Historic Places. As the organization grew, another annual event began, called Century Buildings, which is held in conjunction with National Historic Preservation Month. The most frequently asked questions asked by our community are: How can I find out about my house? Who built it? Who lived there?

Preservation Racine, Inc. began publishing a newsletter in 1976, providing information about local events and information about the organization. The newsletters are now published quarterly and include articles (with photographs) on local history, Century Building Certificates and historic buildings in Racine County. Looking to find a way to share this information and perhaps bring it online, we were referred to the Wisconsin Heritage Online program (now Recollection Wisconsin). The newletter digitization project began as collaboration with the Archives and Area Research Center at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. UW-Parkside students scanned the newsletters under the supervision of UW-Parkside Archivist Anna Stadick and Sharon Baldukas, historian for Preservation Racine, Inc.

 

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