SEWARD, Mar. 27. 2015 – In honor of the March 30th holiday celebrating William H. Seward, Friends of the Jesse Lee Home (FJLH) is hosting a photo competition aimed at promoting historic preservation in Alaska.
Through social media, FJLH is calling for photos that capture how history is living on in Alaska communities today. This can be a historic place, building, or other structure; it can be an endangered site or a restored/rehabilitated structure. In addition, photographers will include a short explanation for why the historic place or structure is important to them.
Since the beginning of the month photos have come in from around the state. Photographers have until 12 p.m. noon on Seward’s Day, Monday, March 30 to enter.
“We want to show the intrinsic value that historic places have in our communities,” said Nellie Metcalfe, Community Outreach Coordinator for FJLH. “Since 1976, the Federal government has offered financial incentives for the restoration of historic landmarks – in recent years investing over $4 billion in restoration projects around the U.S. – yet, in Alaska, only five projects have ever taken advantage.”
Seward boasts three of those five projects; FJLH hopes to be the fourth.
“We hope this competition will generate more support for our project and ones like it, and encourage more preservation projects around the state,” Metcalfe said.
Winner(s) will receive a small prize package, including two Alaska SeaLife Center tickets, and special recognition on FJLH’s social media pages and other media platforms. The winning photo(s) will be used in FJLH’s media campaign to promote preservation in Alaska.
There is no entry fee. Participants need only submit a photo (or up to five) to one of FJLH’s social media pages to be eligible to win. If you do not use social media you are welcome to submit a photograph to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on competition rules, and terms and conditions, please visit FJLH’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/jesseleehome.
About Friends of the Jesse Lee Home:
FJLH is a non-profit dedicated to restoring the historic Jesse Lee Home in Seward, Alaska; the home where 13 year-old Benny Benson designed the Alaska state flag in 1927. In 2001, the Alaska Legislature passed a bill recognizing the Home as a site of historic significance to all people of Alaska and has since appropriated more than $8 million to the restoration of the facility. When its doors open again, the Jesse Lee Home will be the Balto School, a statewide, residential leadership school for Alaska high school juniors. Learn more about the project at www.jesseleehome.com or www.baltoschool.net. Like our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/jesseleehome, and follow us on Twitter and Instagram @jesseleehome.