I emailed the Louisiana Historic Preservation office with a question about the Draft of the Louisiana State Historic Plan. I wondered if the State Plan included the preservation of cemeteries in Louisiana. Of course, if the cemetery is already on the National Register or takes part in a Certified Local Government, or Main Street Program it is likely included as being a part of the plan, however, recent developments in Louisiana Legislature in 2008 (HLS 183 Requests the House Commitee on Municipal, Parochial and Cultural Affairs to study the issues related to the preservation of historic cemeteries and the creation of a historic cemetery preservation fund) dictates that this study of issues related will not be presented to the House until April 2009. Additionally, concerning HLS 183, “the House of Representatives of the Legislature of Louisiana does hereby urge and request the House Commitee on Municipal, Parochial and Cultural Affairs to study and make recommendations relative to issues related to the preservation of historic cemeteries and the creation of a historic cemetery preservation fund.” The draft document makes brief mention of unidentified burials, church cemeteries, and above ground burials in Louisiana, but does not address the full potential of future findings.
One of the major issues I have found in the Draft document, “…did find it very interesting that the LA SHPO has 2 staff dedicated to researching and writing National Register nominations. In many other states, most National Register nominations are generated by the public and the SHPO staff is responsible for reviewing them….” (p. 48 of 134)
Here is another copy of the email that was sent in addition to the response that I received.
From: LouisianaGenealogy Blogs [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Thursday, February 05, 2009 1:40 PM
To: Historic Preservation
Subject: Questions concerning State Plan and HLS 183
To Whom It May Concern:
I understand that the comment period has since passed, however, I have a question concerning HLS 183 and its involvement or lack of involvement in the state plan. There is a study under HLS 183 concerning the Louisiana Historical Resgister and cemeteries in Louisiana.
Does this plan include the conclusions due in April 2009 of HLS 183?
Louisiana Genealogy Blogs
The email from Louisiana Historic Preservation Office:
RE: Questions concerning State Plan and HLS 183
Wednesday, February 25, 2009 10:31 AM
From: “Historic Preservation”
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To: “LouisianaGenealogy Blogs”
Thank you so much for taking the time to review the draft for Louisiana’s State Comprehensive Plan for Historic Preservation. We’ll gather all comments together as a group to evaluate and discuss modification of the plan in order to meet the most pressing preservation needs of Louisiana.
After the final Plan is sent to the National Park Service and receives approval, it will be made available through the Division of Historic Preservation website, as well as on the National Park Service website. You’ll be among the first to be notified of this approval.
Again, thank you for your service and your insights; it is much appreciated!
Holly C. Callender
Administrative Program Specialist
Division of Historic Preservation
Louisiana Dept of Culture, Recreation & Tourism
PO Box 44247, Baton Rouge, LA 70804
Tel: 225.342.8160 / Fax: 225.219.0765