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The Decorah Historic Preservation Commission celebrates downtown Decorah's National Register of Historic Places designation

Posted: Tue, Oct 3, 2017 8:23 AM

Members of the Decorah Historic Preservation Commission Tuesday afternoon celebrated the recent listing of the Decorah Commercial Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places.

The ribbon-cutting outside the Chamber of Commerce building Tuesday afternoon marked the completion of a three-year project that began with a small state-funded project feasibility grant in late 2014.   The application to the National Register of Historic Places was made possible by a $25,000 State of Iowa Historical Resource Development Program REAP grant.  The state grant was matched by $6,500 in local donations and by over 1,000 hours of local volunteer research time.

Commission chair Mark Muggli said the support the project received was "a sign of Decorah's civic-mindedness."  He especially praised the work of the volunteer researchers who studied the histories of 128 downtown Decorah buildings.

Tuesday's event included a reception after the ribbon-cutting, which Muggli said was appropriate.  "For today, we'd just like to celebrate."

Decorah Historic Preservation Commission chair Mark Muggli