Test your Tupelo history

By Emily Le Coz/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – The Historic Preservation Commission this week has partnered with the Daily Journal to test readers’ knowledge of the city’s most significant structures.
Today and Wednesday, the Daily Journal will publish photographs revealing small portions of 10 historic structures, along with brief biographies. Readers are then invited to identify the buildings in question and have their guesses to the Daily Journal by Friday.
On May 30, the identities of all structures will be revealed and a winner will be announced. The winner will receive a three-month, free subscription to the Daily Journal. If more than one person guesses all 10 buildings correctly, the winner will be drawn from a hat.
“It’s important to recognize our historic structures,” said Karen Keeney, chairwoman of the Tupelo Historic Preservation Commission, whose members selected the buildings for the contest.
“Sometimes you drive by these places every day without realizing why they’re important,” Keeney said. “It’s easier to embrace” the concept of historic preservation after learning about the structures’ significance.
The contest coincides with National Preservation Month, acknowledged each year in May. But the local commission said they want to extend their historic awareness campaign throughout the year, said member Stacey Gregory.
The group has numerous other structures nominated for special recognition, he said.
“After the (1936) tornado, we lost at lot of our historic properties and then throughout the years we’ve lot a lot of them through tearing them down,” Gregory said. The properties we have left are “what make us special and unique from every other town in the United States.”

Contact Emily Le Coz at (662) 678-1588 or emily.lecoz@djournal.com.

Identify these structures
Click link to view slideshow to see the photos.
Readers: Send your guesses to the Daily Journal for a chance to win a three-month, free newspaper subscription. We’ll publish another five photos Wednesday and announce the winner May 30.
Send all guesses to reporter Emily Le Coz via e-mail at emily.lecoz@djournal.com or through regular mail at Daily Journal, P.O. Box 909, Tupelo, MS 38802 no later than Friday.

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