The City of Butler is now a preservation partner with local, state and national governments as the latest member of the Certified Local Government Program (CLG). This program promotes historic preservation at the grass roots level and is jointly administered by the National Park Service and the Missouri State Historic Preservation office.
CLG cities have the advantage of receiving technical training on a variety of preservation topics and have priority status for historic preservation grants. A special set of funding priorities are determined each year and may include preparation of nominations for local districts and landmarks: design guidelines; professional staff assistance; long-range comprehensive preservation planning projects; and outreach and education projects. Butler is now an active partner in the Federal Historic Preservation Program and al the opportunities it provides.
As part of the CLG program, a Butler Historic Preservation Commission has been established. The five member Commission has been working over the past year, as part of the CLG program application process, the identify preservation needs and ways of addressing them in Butler. A facebook page will be set up to provide timely information on Commission activities and to encourage community participation in preserving Butler’s history.
The Butler HPC is seeking old photographs, advertising materials, oral histories and old maps of Butler. Houses and business buildings with significant architectural or historical events/people will be designed local historical landmarks, help will be provided with applications for property listing on the National Register of Historic Places, installation of signage directing visitors to area museums and painting of murals are among the activities planned by the Commission. Volunteers are needed to assist in carrying out these activities.