The Mendocino County Board of Supervisors and the Mendocino Study Club were notified by First Lady Laura Bush that Mendocino has been named a Preserve America Community.
Mrs. Bush is the honorary chair of the Preserve America Initiative which encourages and supports community efforts to preserve and enjoy America’s priceless cultural and natural heritage.
Mrs. Bush’s letter said “Dear Citizens of Mendocino”. You honor our nation’s past and inspire and educate for the future. “The preservation and enjoyment of your historical and cultural resources is an important part of our nations’s heritage”.
To be designated a Preserve America Community, an application was made by the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors, which is the governing body of this unincorporated historic town. The application was coordinated by the Mendocino Study Club, as part of its ongoing “Service to the Community” for 100 years.
During its 2008 centennial, Mendocino Study Club helped to achieve the special Preserve America recognition with projects that celebrated the local heritage.
They included a “Walking Historic Mendocino” map/guide; linking the five House Museums of the Mendocino Coast; working with the historic building date plaques available to “Category 1″ building owners and participation in Mendocino Coast Heritage Days events.
Mendocino is one of only 23 California towns awarded this designation, which provides communities national recognition for their preservation efforts.