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November 24, 2008

Long Time State Historic Preservation Officer Retiring

Jane Lendway Stepping Down After 33 Years With State

MONTPELIER, Vt. – Vermont’s State Historic Preservation Officer has announced she is retiring from her post after 33 years of serving state government.

Jane Lendway, who has led the Division for Historic Preservation since 2003, will step down on December 31.

“Jane has been a dedicated public servant and the results of her efforts can be seen in preserved barns in our fields and historic buildings in our downtowns and villages,” said Governor Jim Douglas. “On behalf of the people of Vermont, I extend my gratitude for more than three decades of excellent work.”

Lendway, 57, of Montpelier, joined the Division for Historic Preservation, part of the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development, in 1975.

She served as a National Register and survey programs supervisor; federal and state preservation grants administrator; tax credit project reviewer; Certified Local Government coordinator, and preservation planner.

Lendway helped develop the Certified Local Government, state grants and Vermont Downtown programs, and served as coordinator of the Downtown Program, which designates downtowns and village centers and administers benefits to them, from 1995 to 2003.

In 2003 she became Acting State Historic Preservation Officer and was formally appointed to the office several months later.

Prior to serving the State of Vermont, Lendway was with the Michigan History Division of the Department of State and National Park Service as a member of Michigan’s first historic resource survey team in 1974 and 1975.

She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in studio art and a master’s in art history from Michigan State University.

She currently serves on the Lake Champlain Quadricentennial Commission as chairman of its Infrastructure Committee as well as on the Lake Champlain Basin Program’s Cultural Heritage Recreation Advisory Committee.

In addition, Lendway is a Master Gardener who is co-chair of the Washington-Orange County Chapter. In this role, she has contributed countless hours to the historic gardens at the Justin Morrill Homestead State Historic Site in Strafford.

“Historic preservation is a development strategy that has stood the test of time,” Lendway said. “Reusing historic buildings saves energy, keeps debris out of our landfills, and maintains walkable neighborhoods and downtowns where people meet and greet one another. “Vermont has a world class sense of place and we will continue to distinguish ourselves by taking care of it.”

The Division for Historic Preservation, part of the Agency of Commerce and Community Development, includes programs devoted to the restoration and continued use of historic resources; protection of archeological resources; education; the State and National Registers of Historic Places; and administration of the 10 state-owned historic sites.

More at: www.historicvermont.org

Source: Division for Historic Preservation
Last Updated at: November 24, 2008 11:01:22