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Letter: We want to connect you with our vital heritage

The history of River Falls is all around us, you only have to look. As we age, our memories and experiences become integral to whom we are as individuals and society as a whole.

Preservation of key elements of our physical environment and artifacts keep those memories alive so that we may pass them on to future generations.

The City Historic Preservation Commission is dedicated to educating the public about the vital necessity of maintaining our historic connections. In recent years the commission has been active in preserving our memories through old buildings.

The commission has designated several properties and structures as historic, such as the Junction Mill Smokestack, the Swinging Bridge in Glen Park, Freeman House on Third Street, and Knowles House on Fourth Street, once home to a governor and a state legislator.

On the UWRF campus, North Hall and South Hall are listed on the National Historic Register, as is the Glen Park swimming pool that celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2012.

Sixteen downtown commercial buildings have historic plaques. More are being added every year. These buildings are ready to share stories and connect you to our past.

This year's theme for Preservation Month is See! Save! Celebrate!

As the days of summer arrive and you walk the sidewalks and ride the streets of River Falls, take the time to 'See" our past, "Save" its memories, create a few of your own and "Celebrate" the history within our city.

The commission also invites you to stop at its booth during River Falls Days and Art on the Kinni. All you discover may pleasantly surprise you.