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Conference and forum on historic preservation

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A lot of Charleston's tourist appeal comes from the historic landmarks and homes someone had the good sense to preserve. The region is planning two events that recognize the area's support for its old stuff and offers suggestions for others.

The South Carolina National Heritage Corridor and the state Department of Archives and History's State Historic Preservation Office will hold a free workshop on Mon. April 19. The event will cover the facts about the National Register for Historic Places and the state's marker programs. The workshop will also offer advice on how historic preservationists can increase awareness and education of the Holy City's historic sites. The two-hour event will be held at the Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site in West Ashley at 10 a.m.

There will be even more history lessons this summer. The 2010 International Heritage Development Conference will be held at Charleston Place from June 27 to July 1. Sponsored by the Alliance of National Heritage Areas, the conference will include seminars, tours, and discussions on historic tourism. —Olivia Gossett and Greg Hambrick

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