CHARLESTON, W.Va – The State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) of the West Virginia Division of Culture and History in conjunction with the Charleston Historic Landmark Commission will sponsor a free training workshop to help historic landmark commission members learn strategies for preserving historic resources throughout the state. The workshop will be held Saturday, Sept. 8, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the City Service Center, 915 Quarrier Street, Suite 1, in Charleston.

The National Alliance of Preservation Commissions will present a Commission Assistance and Mentoring Program (CAMP) workshop about the Certified Local Government (CLG) program. The workshop will cover the legal framework of public preservation; hands-on design; standards and guidelines; commission roles and responsibilities; and public support and outreach.

The CLG program is a preservation partnership among local, state and national governments that focuses on promoting historic preservation at the grassroots level. CLG communities are responsible for enforcing state and local legislation for the designation and protection of historic properties. They also establish qualified historic preservation review commissions; maintain a survey and inventory system for historic properties within their jurisdictions; and provide for adequate public participation in local historic preservation programs, including the process of nominating properties to the National Register of Historic Places.

Receiving a designation helps communities qualify for grants that fund preservation activities, including architectural and archaeological surveys; National Register nominations; educational brochures; walking tours; guidelines for design review; and feasibility studies of historic structures.

Speakers for the workshop are Ken Kocher, Ramona Murphy Bartos, and Scott Whipple. Kocher is the principal of Piedmont Preservation, a historic preservation consulting firm in Madison, Ga., that focuses on local historic preservation efforts. Murphy Bartos is a lawyer working as the deputy state historic preservation officer and administrator of the North Carolina Historic Preservation Office. Whipple is the historic preservation section supervisor for the Montgomery County, Md., Planning Department.

Workshop seating is limited and registration is required. Lunch will be provided for a $5 fee or participants can have lunch on their own at nearby eateries. To register for the workshop or lunch, contact Geoff Plagemann of the Charleston Historic Landmark Commission at (304) 348-8105.

The Charleston CAMP workshop is the fourth in a series to be held in West Virginia. The series is open to all historic landmark commission members across the state who are interested in learning tools to help guide local preservation efforts.

For more information about the CLG program or workshop, contact Jennifer Brennan, CLG coordinator for the SHPO, at (304) 558-0240, ext. 156, or email her at

The West Virginia Division of Culture and History is an agency within the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts with Kay Goodwin, Cabinet Secretary. The Division, led by Commissioner Randall Reid-Smith, brings together the past, present and future through programs and services focusing on archives and history, arts, historic preservation and museums. For more information about the Division’s programs, events and sites, visit The Division of Culture and History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

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