LITTLE FALLS — The Dr. Peter Adasek Historical Architecture Essay Contest has concluded and Preserve Our Past announced the results.
Students from Mohawk Valley Christian Academy, Little Falls Middle School and area home school junior high students were asked to address the following question, “Do you consider the preservation of Little Falls’ historic architecture to be important to our community’s stability, growth, and pride of place?” The winning entry was submitted by Amanda Podlas, an eighth grade student at Little Falls Middle School, and was as follows:
“Little Falls is a great city that has beautiful neighborhoods. Each house has unique qualities and every house has its own personality. Some of the houses date back to the early 1800 and are very old. I consider the preservation of Little Falls historic architecture to be important to our community and the surrounding areas.
Historic preservation is the process of protecting local history through the identification of unique places that tell “our story” Little Falls has many historic buildings that have been preserved. For example, St. Mary ‘s Church was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in June of 2009. The cornerstones of the church were laid on Sunday, May 19, 1878 and are still there today. The preservation of these buildings will make neighborhoods more appealing to residents and visitors.
If these houses are occupied and being cared for, they will be a great asset to the community and will improve the look of the city. Also, people would want to share the houses with others and the historical value of the houses that are up for sale will increase. Now that Little Falls is the only city in Herkimer County, there are many reasons for lots of historic preservation.
When historic resources are lost or destroyed, we lose part of our history and a sense of community pride. We should encourage neighborhoods and commercial investments and results would be a sustainable community with cultural values. Libraries, archives, and museums hold valuable collections in a variety of media, presenting a vast body of knowledge accumulated over the institution’s history and the mission of these institutions is to make their collections accessible to the intended users. Cultural preservation recognizes the many strands which includes language, stories, songs, dances, practical skills, and buildings.
In conclusion, it is a good thing to preserve historic buildings because they are a part of our history and are interesting to look at. All in all, Little Falls is a wonderful city and we should take more care of the historical houses that are a part of our history”
The presentation of essays and the awarding of prizes donated by Adesek took place in the Little Falls Library. Second place winner was Mariah Lee and third place winner was Lexie Fisher, both of Mohawk Valley Christian Academy. All 10 students who participated were awarded a certificate of appreciation to acknowledge their participation in the community event.