Read HNF's 2020 Newsletter: Progressive Preservation

Due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns, the Historic Natchez Foundation canceled its traditional January cocktail reception and annual meeting for members and the general public. All conferences and public events planned for 2020 were also canceled. However, HNF staff members have been busier than ever.

The pandemic has resulted in an increase in research requests by phone and email and probably reflects both fear of travel and boredom in isolation and quarantine.

Staff members have been very busy providing realtors, buyers, and prospective buyers of historic properties with information about the histories of buildings as well as making house calls. The staff is also hard at work preparing applications for historic preservation tax credits for new owners of income-producing historic properties.

Articles in this issue of Progressive Preservation highlight the important donations of books, archival materials, and museum objects that HNF has received in 2020. These donations are among the largest and most important in HNF's history, and the staff is overwhelmed by the sheer volume of material and the need to reorganize to accommodate it.

Thankfully, HNF staff members all remain healthy and no one has knowingly contracted the virus. HNF looks forward to the future and a return to normalcy when we can gather again and celebrate historic preservation.


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